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Herbert Gilbert Day Jr.

MILLERTON — Herbert Gilbert Day Jr., 86, of Millerton, beloved husband of Evelyn (Silvernale) Day, passed away on March 22, 2019, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease at Noble Horizons Nursing Home in Salisbury, surrounded by his loving family. 

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Oct. 10, 1932, he was the son of the late Blanche (Seaman) and Herbert Day.

Herbert graduated from the Oak Wood School in Poughkeepsie and completed a degree in photography at RIT in Rochester, N.Y.

After enlisting in the Navy during the Korean War and serving as a corpsman on a destroyer escort ship, Herbert graduated from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie as a registered nurse. 

He worked for several area hospitals before moving to Syracuse, N.Y., in 1965 to complete a certification program in respiratory care. He worked at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse as a Respiratory Care Therapist.

In 1968 he moved with his family to Clifton Springs, N.Y., where he ran the outpatient care center for the Clifton Springs Hospital and Sanitarium. During these years in Western New York State, Herb volunteered for the American Red Cross giving CPR certification classes. He also continued to photograph weddings part-time.

In 1976, he returned to the Dutchess County area and worked for the Wassaic DDSO, Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center and Hudson River Psychiatric Center as nursing supervisor and respiratory therapist.

In retirement, Herbert trained to be a Methodist minister and presided over a small congregation at the Millerton United Methodist Church. 

When not working, Herb enjoyed fly-fishing, golf and photography.

He belonged to the Webutuck Lodge F & A M in Millerton as a Master Mason and served as District Deputy for one year. He was chaplain of the American Legion in Millerton for several years.

On July 12, 1953, Herbert married Evelyn Louise Silvernale of Millerton, whom he met while working at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. 

They both lived in Charleston, S.C., until Herbert left the Navy. Evelyn was a nurse at the naval hospital.

They had four children, Mary Elizabeth of Sharon, Herbert III (deceased), Sally Anne (Catskill, N.Y.) and Nan Ellen (Millerton). They are survived by 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. 

Services will be held Saturday, April 6, at the United Methodist Church in Millerton at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Scholarship Fund, Millerton, NY 12546.

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