Earl J. McCagg, Jr. (1936 – 2018)

CHATHAM—Earl J. McCagg, Jr., passed away November 28, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 5, 1936, the son of the late Earl, Sr., and Ruby Dedrick McCagg.

He grew up in White Mills and attended Chatham Schools. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and while stationed in Manchester, CT, he met his future wife. They were married November 21, 1959 and just celebrated their 59th anniversary.

He worked at Deep Acres Farm in Kinderhook and then as a contractor for Irish Builders in Kinderhook until he retired. Even though he was retired, he still worked at Earl’s Home Repair and became known for his birdhouses.

Mr. McCagg was mostly a homebody but he did enjoy hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed cutting his firewood on Saturdays. He loved gardening at home along with watching all kinds of sports. He was a true sports fan especially of NASCAR, and the Mets but his true love was the NY Giants.

He is survived by: his wife, Jean (nee Martin); his daughters, Linda (Billy) Whiteman of Old Chatham, Lisa (Fred Jr.) Engel of Buckleyville and Laurie (Tim) Jackson of Chatham; his grandchildren, Chelsea and Jesse Whiteman, Carrie (Tanner Winter) and Ethan Engel and Taylor, Erika and Kyle Jackson.

Family will receive friends Saturday, December 1 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, from 11 a.m. to noon when services will be offered at the funeral home. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Mr. McCagg’s name. Condolences may be conveyed at

Raymond A. Novak (1931 – 2018)

HUDSON—Raymond A. Novak, 87, of Valatie died Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 12, 1931 in Valatie, he was the son of the late Jacob and Jesse (Tuczynski) Novak.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953 and was a lineman with Berkshire Telephone for many years. During younger years he coached his two sons in Little League and as they got older, he enjoyed playing golf with them. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

He is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Joan (Hoag) Novak; his daughter, Jo-Ann Serrano (Bob) of Matthews, NC; two sons, Raymond Michael Novak (Malorie) of North Augusta, SC, and Brian Novak of Valatie; two grandchildren, Robert and William Serrano; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Frances Novak, Margaret Dugan and Helen Dings and brothers, Michael, Walter, William, Jacob and Frank Novak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 1, 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours are on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie prior to the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

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