OBITUARIES: Bergin, Munro

John D. Bergin (1938 – 2019)

VALATIE—John D. Bergin, 80, of Kinderhook died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell.

Born March 16, 1938 in New York City, he was the son of the late Joseph Michael and Ethel (Hepburn) Bergin. He was raised in Queens.

Mr. Bergin was a veteran who served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and later received an MBA from NYU. He worked as an engineer for James King and Son from 1959 until he started his own contracting firm, Berco Construction in 1983. While completing construction on the 1964 New York World’s Fair, he met and later married Beth Adams.

Raising their children in Pleasantville, Mr. Bergin was very active in both the community and his local church. He was a member of the school board, served as president of Holy Innocents Parish Council and was a leading member of the building committee for the new church in the 1980s.

Mr. and Mrs. Bergin retired to Kinderhook in 2003.

He leaves behind: his beloved wife, Beth (Adams) Bergin; two daughters, Audrey Bergin of Baltimore, MD, and Amy O’Shea of Valatie; a brother, Robert Charles Bergin of Lancaster, OH; and two grandchildren, Anna and Jason O’Shea.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday, March from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

William C. Munro, Jr. (1941 – 2019)

CLERMONT—William “Bill” C. Munro, Jr., died at home February 21, 2019.

Born October 8 1941 in Huntington, LI, he moved to Clermont at age 5 with his parents, brother and sister. Despite living away from the area at times he always considered Clermont his home. Upon graduation from Colorado State University in 1964 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon completion of his active military service, he joined the advertising firm of Ogivly and Mather and spent the majority of his business life in advertising.

When he retired, he fulfilled a life-long dream to go sailing and purchased a 36-foot wooden yawl which he sailed throughout the Caribbean Islands for a number of years.

Mr. Munro met his current wife, Ann Henderson Alexander, while in Mexico. They were married in June 2009 by the County Clerk in Manhattan. For a number of years Ms. Alexander maintained her home in Mexico where the couple spent their winter months. Mr. Munro held a license to fly hot air balloons and was a ham radio operator with the call sign KB2TEW.

He is survived by: his wife, Ann; his son, Bill; daughter, Melissa and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were with the Traver-McCurry Funeral Home, Inc., 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

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