OBITUARIES: Pinney, Coons, Rivenburg, Goodhue, Murphy

Gregory Pinney (1954 – 2018)

ALBANY—Gregory “Greg” Pinney of Valatie passed away at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center June 7, 2018 at the age of 64 due to complications from cancer.

He was raised in New Lebanon by his adoptive parents, Janet and Wallace Pinney.

He graduated from Columbia High School then served his country in the United States Army. After leaving the army, Mr. Pinney settled in Valatie with his wife and daughter. Being very handy, he worked for many years as a sider and roofer.

He was a friend to all animals, and enjoyed spending time gardening, working on home repair projects, and practicing martial arts.

He is survived by: his wife, Jean C. Pinney; daughter, Jennifer L. Pinney and her partner, Zied Ben Harrith; many extended family members and close friends who were like family.

He was predeceased by his adoptive parents and a brother.

Family will receive friends Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter, & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, where services will be held at 1:15 p.m.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Mr. Pinney’s doctors, nurses, and all the staff at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center where he received treatment and care. Contributions in Mr. Pinney’s name may be made to the The Lustgarten Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury

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Joseph E. Coons (1938 – 2018)

TIVOLI—Joseph E. Coons, 80, of Tivoli died June 6, 2018 at his home after a long illness.

Born February 2, 1938 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Harry and Bertha (Rhynders) Coons.

He worked for more than 50 years as a heavy equipment operator with the Cookingham Equipment Co. and Pin Oak Construction Co. in Red Hook. He was a life-member of Local #6 of operators and engineers. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and casinos.

Survivors include: his children, Joseph and Joann Coons of Tivoli, Brenda Coons and William Moore of Germantown; a brother, Howard Coons of Red Hook; son-in-law, Glaron Monk of Hudson; grandchildren, Brendon (Krysta) Monk, Glaron (Kailee) Monk, Stephanie (Chris) Brandow, Charissa Coons, Travis Monk; great-grandchildren, Hunter Brandow, Tasia Durham, Iyana Monk and Jayden Monk.

He was predeceased by: his wife, Katherine; a daughter, Terry Coons; great-grandson, Camron Monk; seven brothers and one sister.

Calling hour is Sunday, June 10, noon to 1 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Followed by memorial services, 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are requested to Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601.

Beverly J. Rivenburg (1944 – 2018)

HUDSON—Beverly Jean Rivenburg, 74, a lifelong resident of Hudson, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in the company of her family.

She was born March 23, 1944 in Hudson to the late William Ray and Mary Frances (Thomasino) Madison.

She was the loving wife of the late Herbert Rivenburg, who died in 2013.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends including her sons: Herbert, III, and Bonnie Rivenburg, Marc Rivenburg and Michael Rivenburg; her daughter, Amy Rivenburg; three sisters, Betty Kenney, Joanne Scism and Terry Madison; grandchildren, Michael, Chrissy and Damien and her great-grandson, Martinique. She was predeceased by her brother, William Ray Madison.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Douglas J. Goodhue (1943 – 2018)

COPAKE—Douglas “Doc” James Goodhue, born April 10, 1943, died peacefully due to complications from heart and kidney disease, June 2. He was in the loving presence of his life partner, Diana Wilson, and daughters, Dana Jacobson-Goodhue and Joya Goodhue.

He was the second son of James and Margaret Goodhue of Long Island. He was predeceased by both parents and his older brother, William Goodhue of Campobello Island.

He earned his PhD from the University of Toronto with a focus on the History of Science and taught at the University of Regina from 1971 to 1976. “Doc” was a favorite English and photography teacher at the MacDuffie School in Springfield, MA, from 1976 to 1982. Following his teaching career he began a photography business and worked at Mass Mutual Insurance. In his retirement he lived in Copake, where he enjoyed the local model train club.

Mr. Goodhue was known for his voracious appetite for reading. He would often recite quotes like “to whom much is given, much is required,” “there by the grace of god go I” or “shagged out following a prolonged squawk.” He leaves: three grandchildren, Elinor Jacobson-Goodhue, Ethan Jacobson-Goodhue and Roslyn Hilbert. He will also be remembered by a large community of students and colleagues who were impacted and sculpted in part by his great wit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Rescue Squad, 283 Mountain View Road, Copake 12516 or the Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101. A celebration of his life takes place on the lawn at Tanglewood, August 26 for the “finale,” a Canadian flag will be the landmark.

Arrangements were with Simple Choices, Inc., 1088 Western Avenue, Albany.

Edward H. Murphy (1953 – 2018)

MILLERTON—Edward Henry Murphy, 65, a 14-year resident of Millerton, formerly of Lagrangeville, died peacefully at home Tuesday, June 5, 2018 with his loving family at his side.

Mr. Murphy was the owner and president of Tri County Auto Glass in Lagrangeville from 1983 to May 2018.

Born June 4, 1953 in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of the late Robert and Helga Murphy. He was a graduate of Millbrook High School. June 4, 1977 in Mahopac, he married Deborah L. Coelho. Mrs. Murphy survives at home.

Mr. Murphy enjoyed gardening, reading, kayaking on local area lakes, biking and sailing on the Hudson River. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his home on Nantucket for more than 17 years.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, Mr. Murphy is survived by: two children, Christopher Murphy and his wife Stephanie of Maricopa, AZ, and Erin Miller and her husband Dennis of Copake Lake and five grandchildren, John, Kaiya, Max and Sebastian Murphy and Gretchen Miller.

Funeral services took place Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, with the Reverend Walt Zelley officiating. Burial followed at Irondale Cemetery, Millerton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Assoc., Millerton Library or the Millerton Fire Company. Arrangements were with the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit

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