In appreciation: Gary Thornton

My brother, Gary.

My brother was a very special person. He had a warm and gentle nature about him and a kind soul. I will always remember his laugh. You knew when he was in the room when you heard his laugh.

He loved NASCAR and especially Dale Earnhardt. He was a dog lover and got great joy and comfort from his valued companions.

He loved his home and took great pride and joy from it. He loved cooking and relaxing on his backyard deck, which had a view that just made one take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the simple joys of life.

Donald George Blodgett

SHARON --— Donald George Blodgett, 17, died July 29, 2018, because of an auto accident. 

He was the son of Donald and Lisa Blodgett. Dg was born Sept. 18, 2000. Dg attended four years at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He worked at the Sharon Farm Market and The White Hart to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

Gary Frank Thornton

MILLERTON — Gary Frank Thornton, 51, passed away on July 21, 2018. 

He was born on May 30, 1967, to Jeanne (Coddington) Thornton and the late Charles J. Thornton Jr. at Horton Hospital in Middletown, N.Y. 

He lived in Amenia and Millerton for most of this life. He graduated from Webutuck High School in 1985 and worked at Northeast Muffler for the past 32 years as a valued mechanic. 

Myrtle ‘Bunny’ Soule

KENT — Myrtle “Bunny” Soule, 97, died peacefully at New Milford Hospital on July 13, 2018. 

She was born at home in 1921 in the Macedonia area of Kent, the daughter of Mary (McCann) and Sherman Chase.

Bunny was predeceased by her husband, Millard “Bub” Soule Sr.; her two sisters, Dorothy Gawel and Alice Rosati of Kent; and her two brothers, Nelson and Milo Chase. 

Patrick Raymond Sheridan

ANCRAMDALE — Patrick Raymond Sheridan, 16, passed away on July 20, 2018, due to an automobile accident.

He was born in Westchester, N.Y., on Nov. 25, 2001, the son of Kevin J. Sheridan of Ancramdale and Jeanien L. Higgins of Pawling, N.Y.

He worked at the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale. He really enjoyed working on cars, hiking, fishing, loved life and politics. Most of all he loved being with family and friends.

Patrick was entering his senior year of high school this fall at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains.

George Walter Schaefer

NORTH CANAAN — George Walter Schaefer, 85, died peacefully at home on July 16, 2018, in North Canaan. 

Born on Cherry Street in Torrington on Aug. 6, 1932, to Anna (McCaffrey) and George James Schaefer, he was the second of three children. The family included older sister Mary and younger brother Joseph. 

They moved to North Canaan in 1934 when George’s father went to work for Decker & Beebe.

Memorial service: Marie Prentice

CORNWALL — A memorial service for Marie Prentice, 86, who died at Sharon Hospital on May 14, 2018, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m. at the UCC Church in Cornwall on Bolton Hill Road.

Memorial service: Emily Sue Lynch

SHARON —  There will be a memorial service for Emily Sue Lynch on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon.

Mrs. Lynch died peacefully after a long illness on April 3, 2018. 

Douglas Van Wagner

HILLSDALE — Douglas Van Wagner, 74, passed away on July 20, 2018, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y.

He was born on July 1, 1944, in Barrytown, N.Y., the son of Florence (Burns) and Kenneth Van Wagner Sr. 

He was a dairy farmer working on Chaseholm farm in Pine Plains.

Francis E. Foley

AMENIA — Francis Edward Foley, 95, a lifelong resident of Amenia, died July 19, 2018, at his home in Amenia. 

Mr. Foley was a pharmacist at the Pleasant Valley Pharmacy and later at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center, retiring in 1986. 

Born on Jan. 4, 1923, in Amenia, he was the son of the late Gertrude (Cotter) and Edward P. Foley. 

Mr. Foley proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. 

He was a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, Class of 1950.