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Obituaries

The Rev. John L. Durkin

AMENIA — The Rev. John Lawrence Durkin, 79, a 10-year resident of Viera, Fla., and formerly of Amenia and Goshen, N.Y., and the Bronx, N.Y., passed away on May 6, 2019, at Health First Viera Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. 

The Rev. Durkin was the beloved pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia  for 21 years. 

Born on Sept. 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Anna Mae (O’Carrol) and John L. Durkin.  

An appreciation: Harry Hall

If you never had the chance to meet Harry Hall then you really missed out. 

He was the greatest, a really charming older guy who loved to flirt in a way that would make you feel giddy but not unsafe. He was so smart and read all the time, all kinds of things, and always wanted to find out what you thought.  

Harry Hall

SHARON —Harry Hall II died peacefully in his sleep on May 7, 2019. He was 92 years old.

Born in Mount Kisco, N.Y., to Elizabeth (Hubbard) and Perciful Arden Hall, he grew up in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Harry was raised on a farm with fond memories which he carried into his later years as a gentleman farmer in Sharon.  

He attended the Navy V-12 Naval Officer College Training program, received a full scholarship to Phillips Academy at Andover and then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Edmund C. McNeil

WINGDALE — Edmund C. McNeil, 64, a lifelong area resident, died on May 6, 2019, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Mr. McNeil was a self-employed truck driver. 

Ed was a family guy who enjoyed barbecues and hunting and had a passion for deep sea fishing. Ed was the greatest Dad, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and most of all a friend to all.

Born on Jan. 8, 1955, in Sharon, he was the son of the late Margaret (Potter) and Elias McNeil. 

Joseph P. Hertel

PINE PLAINS — Joseph P. Hertel, 58, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 19, 2019.

 He was the son of the late Katherine (Smith)  and Matthew Hertel. Joseph was born on Jan. 17, 1961 in Sharon.

 He attended Saint Joseph’s in Millbrook until the eighth grade and then went to Pine Plains High School. 

Lorraine M. (Hunter) Bard

SOUTHFIELD, Mass. — Lorraine M. (Hunter) Bard, 86, formerly of Salisbury, died March 28, 2019, at the Lee Health Center. She was the widow of Albert C. Bard. 

Lorraine was born in San Francisco, Calif., the daughter of the late Josephine (Hidzick) and Robert Hunter, on July 3, 1932.

Brian A. Tyler

NORTH CANAAN — Brian A. Tyler, 38, passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 13, 2019. 

Brian was born Sept. 25, 1980, in Great Barrington, the son of Kathryn Frengs MacDowell and Anthony Tyler. 

He attended Mount Everett Regional High School, graduating in June 1998. In his senior year, Brian served as co-captain of the varsity wrestling team, and was the 1998 Western Mass. champion at 170 pounds. He was passionate about wrestling and about spending time with friends and family. 

Memorial service: Virginia F. ‘Ginny’ Jones

MILLERTON — A memorial service to celebrate the life of Virginia Jones will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at the Northeast Baptist Church in Millerton, the Rev. Henry Prause officiating.

Ginny died on Feb. 7, 2019, in DeLand, Fla. She was a lifelong resident of Millerton until 2001, when she and her husband, Don, retired to Florida.

Daniel Walley

SHARON — Daniel Walley, 64,  passed away April 10, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. 

Danny was born June 13, 1954, in Bridgeport, Conn. He was the son of the late Eleanor A. and Daniel R. Walley. 

Danny graduated from Bunnel High School in Stratford, Conn., in 1971. 

He served in the United States Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War. 

Timmy Drumm

FALLS VILLAGE — Timothy Jay “Drummie” Drumm passed away suddenly on April 20,   2019. 

Timmy was born in Sharon on Aug. 27, 1958, to Donald and Barbara Drumm. He was a  graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and was a member of the   Sharon Volunteer Fire Department. 

Timmy earned his CDL in 1994 and become a cross-country trucker for a number of years before settling down in Ohio. He missed the  beauty of his native Connecticut so returned to be closer to his multiple  family and friends.