Arthur R. “Bob” Garrison, 76, awarded the Bronze Star

WEST GROVE, Penn.–Arthur R. “Bob” Garrison, 76, of Copake, died Tuesday August 4, 2009 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.

He was born May 28, 1933 in Bronx, the son of Stephen and Helen Garrison.

Mr. Garrison had been a local resident for the past 15 years, previously residing in South Carolina.

A Bronze Star recipient, Mr. Garrison retired from the United States Navy where he served from 1952 to 1973. After his Navy career he became employed as a corrections officer in South Carolina.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Garrison of Copake; two sons, Robert Garrison Jr. of South Carolina and George Maddaloni of Copake and three daughters, Joyce Myer of Pennsylvania, Christine Maddaloni of New York and Roseanna Garrison of South Carolina. Additionally he is survived by six grandchildren and six siblings, Doris White, Joan Ballino, Steven, Donald, Ronald and Albert Garrison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday August 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls, with the Rev. Joseph Falletta officiating.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake, Sunday August 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday August 10, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Burial will be in New St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Community Rescue Squad, PO Box 327, Copake NY  12516.

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Shelly A. Powell, 48, worked for the state

LIVINGSTON–Shelly A. Powell, 48, of Valatie, died Sunday, August 2, 2009, at Livingston Hills Nursing And Rehabilitation Center in Livingston.

Born in Hudson  September 23, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Haynor and Nancy (Cox) Haynor of Smyrna, Tenn.

Mrs. Powell worked for the New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance in Albany and was a Communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Marvin R. Powell; two sons, Mathew R. Powell and Andrew M. Powell, both of Valatie; two sisters, Colleen Hielschner and Tiffany Haynor  and a brother, Michael Haynor, all of Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11a.m. from St. John The Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie with the service conducted by Rev. John Molyn. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

Michael Ryan, 58, writer, filmmaker, playwright

HUDSON–A memorial service is Saturday for East Taghkanic resident Michael Ryan, writer, filmmaker, and playwright, who died July 19 at New York University Hospital due to complications from a hip injury after a long battle with liver disease. He was 58.

A Boston native who studied at Boston College High School and majored in classics at Harvard, where he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson and president of the Signet Society, Mr. Ryan became a successful journalist and editor who also made an acclaimed documentary film, Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols, which ran on HBO in 1995.

After college Mr. Ryan had freelance articles published in Newsweek (My Turn), Town and Country, and the Boston Herald Magazine as he worked as a reporter at The Boston Phoenix, where he covered the school busing crisis, Boston Magazine where his profile on Boston Mayor Kevin White won a Penny-Missouri Magazine Award, and TV Guide, for which he interviewed President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office. He returned to Boston to write a column for the Boston Herald and later became an editor at Boston Magazine before returning to New York City to work as an editor of the Up Front (news) section of People Magazine.

At People Mr. Ryan handled the coverage of the assassination attempt on President Reagan, and through the magazine’s L.A. correspondents uncovered the fact that John Belushi had been with his drug dealer on the night of his death. In 1984 he traveled to Normandy with World War II Medal of Honor veterans. After a brief stint as an editor at the company’s magazine development department, Mr. Ryan left to work freelance for Parade Magazine, Life Magazine, Smithsonian, the Boston Globe and other publications.

During this period, Mr. Ryan traveled the world covering breaking news in far flung places from Eastern Europe to Russia, Africa, Asia, South Africa, Canada, El Salvador, Newfoundland and the Middle East. He went to Rumania and Germany, where increasing numbers of refugees were escaping from Russian bloc countries prior to the break-up of the Berlin Wall, and to Russia where he covered the coup in 1991. In Antarctica he talked with research scientists, visited the South Pole and covered a dramatic rescue on the ice. He visited the Peace Corps in West Africa and refugee camps in Cambodia, and saw military action in Granada, where he shared a crowded transport in the back of a garbage truck with Charlene Hunter Gault and Philip Jones Griffiths. He visited Jordan and Iraq with Dan Rather and, at the close of the first Gulf War, scored the first interview and attended the Iraqi surrender ceremony with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. The article ran as a rare double cover in Life Magazine.

He met and wrote stories about a host of cultural icons and political luminaries, including Bill Cosby, Hugh Heffner, Claus Von Bulow, Donald Trump (who entertained him at dinner at his Atlantic City Casino with Michael Jackson), Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, Henry Heimlich, Carl Sagan and others. His work as a contributing editor for Parade magazine allowed him to spotlight the innovative and altruistic contributions of individual scientists, engineers, doctors, designers, people like Mohammed Yunnis, who created micro-lending and founded the Grameen Bank in Bangledash, and Dr. Ben Carson, famous for his heroic surgeries to separate Siamese twins.

Much of his work focused on ordinary people who did extraordinary things, people like the octogenarian Harlem doctor who kept his office open to serve a community in need despite rising crime, or the Idaho community that united to stand up against hate crimes. He won an Easter Seal Award for a story on Camphill Village in Columbia County, and another for a report on an Adirondack guide, Paul Gibaldi, who fought disability from a head injury to achieve his dream.

In 1991 Mr. Ryan began work on the documentary film Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols, which told the story of a young man who, when he contracted AIDS in his senior year in high school, used his Eagle Scout project to go public with the information to educate his community and the world about the disease and how to prevent its spread. Mr. Ryan received a Daytime Emmy nomination for directing and producing the film, which he made with his wife, Debora Gilbert, and producer director Ellen Stokes. The film received a Cable Ace Award, among others.

He also wrote several plays, including The Empire Builder, which won the first Hudson River Classics Award from the Hudson based group by the same name, and M.A.D. (Mutual Assured Destruction) both of which were produced by the group in Hudson. He wrote two books, Climbing, a gently humorous social satire, and, with Jon Oliver, Lesson One: The ABC’s of Life, about a groundbreaking educational program.

Mr. Ryan, a natural story-teller, brought a humane sensibility tempered by sound journalistic judgment to his projects. His linguistic abilities allowed him to communicate directly with a range of subjects, and he had the knack, prized in foreign correspondents, of being able to hit the ground running and find and produce a story in record time.

In recent years, Mr. Ryan had found a vocation in the Episcopal Church, was involved in outreach work with the homeless and was planning on attending seminary in the fall.

He is survived by two brothers, James (Karin) of Rockville Center, Long Island and Robert (Maryanna) of Scituate, Mass., and seven nieces and nephews.

Two memorial services are planned, one in Hudson at Christ Church Episcopal August 15 at 11 a.m., and one in New York City (details to be announced). Donations in Mr. Ryan’s memory may be sent to the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Research Institute, 232 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016.



Regina Anne Jaworski, 66, Ancram homemaker


ANCRAM–Regina Anne Jaworski, 66, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at her residence.

She was born  September 10, 1942 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Stanley and Anne (Koniowka) Ryczek.

A homemaker, Mrs. Jaworski had resided locally since 1970. She received her associate’s degree from Columbia-Greene Community College and at one time had been employed by HeadStart as a home visitor. She was of the Roman Catholic Faith and had been a communicant of the former Holy Cross Roman Catholic Parish in West Taghkanic.

Survivors include her husband, Peter C. Jaworski of Ancram; three sons, Peter S. Jaworski of Fairfax, Va., Matthew J. Jaworski of Troy and Chuck J. Jaworski of Rock Hill, S.C. Additionally she is survived by three grandchildren, William Carlos Jaworski, Emily Catherine Jaworski and Sophia Margaret Jaworski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday July 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls with the Rev. Joseph Falletta, pastor, officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.

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 Arrangements are with the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.



Alice J. Frick, 79, enjoyed spending time with family and friends

STUYVESANT FALLS–Alice J. Frick, 79, died July 19, 2009, at her home.

Born in Stuyvesant Falls September 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Martha (Knitt) Schools.

Mrs. Frick was a homemaker and enjoyed time with her family and friends, reading, crossword puzzles and slot machines.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robert F. Frick; a son Robert Heintz of Ghent; a daughter, Joni Leigh (David) of Seattle; two step-daughters, Lynda Garafalo of Stuyvesant Falls and Carol Stone (William) of Columbiaville; four sisters, Marion Thorpe (George), Ruth Novak (Martin), Jeanette Shannon (Roy) and Virginia Marchionne;  two brothers, William and Carl (Alice) Schools; a brother in law,Richard Frick (Linda) and a sister in Law, Frances Schools; three grandchildren, Alison Buck, Michaela Jean and Kenneth Walter Heintz; four step-grandchildren, Ronald Jr.(Teena) and Paul Van Benschoten , Jennifer Stone (Jeff) and Emily Stone (Eric); four step great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexander Van Benschoten, Hannah Miller and Tyler Ringwood, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Walter Heintz, and her brothers Robert and Henry Schools.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral

Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie, with the service conducted by Rev. Amber Malone. Burial will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 96, Stuyvesant Falls, NY 12174.