2000-02-02 / Obituaries


Christopher Brooks Tuomey

Christopher B. Tuomey, 69, of Springfield, MA, died on January 21, 2000 at Baystate Medical Center.

Mr. Tuomey worked for Caterpillar Industries in District Sales and was General Manager of Roy M. Wright Construction Company. He was also former partner and co-owner of the E.N. Christensen Co. of Hampden, MA. He retired from Della Construction Co. in Enfield, Conn. as Vice President of Equipment Operations.

Born in New York City, he grew up and married in Cold Spring before moving to Springfield many years ago. He was a member of the first graduating class at St. Patrick’s High School in Newburgh and attended Manhattan College. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a First Lieutenant and Company Commander in the Combat Engineers. He was a member of Local 98 Operating Engineers Union in East Longmeadow, MA. A stone carver and sculptor, he was active in local artists’ guilds and galleries.

He leaves his wife, the former Mary E. Jones of Beacon, NY; a son, Christopher B. Jr. of Springfield; two daughters, Amy K. Pasini of Springfield and Laura C. Sullivan of Cummington, MA and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother, James, and is survived by three others - Cornelius of Cold Spring, Stephen of Tannersville, NY and Peter of Clifton, NJ.

Funeral services were held Janury 26 at Holy Cross Church, East Longmeadow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chris Tuomey Memorial Scholarship Fund of Burke Mountain Academy, East Burke, VT 05832.

Hugh McMahon

Hugh McMahon, age 74, of Cold Spring, died on Saturday, January 29, 2000 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 25, 1925, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (McLoughlin) McMahon.

Mr. McMahon was a retired Frameman for NY Telephone and retired in 1988, having worked in the Poughkeepsie area for 36 years. He was a Cold Spring area resident for the past 36 years, coming from Mexico and Maine. A parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring, Mr. McMahon was a veteran of the British Merchant Marine, traveling the world.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Patricia L. (Sparkes) McMahon, who died on August 17, 1990. They were married on November 21, 1959 in St. Patrick’s Chapel in NY, NY.

He is survived by one daughter, Lynette M. Leifels of Bethel, CT; one brother, Frank McMahon of Glasgow, Scotland; two sisters, Mary Hooper of Toronto, Canada and Margaret Berry of Orlando, FL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring at 10am. Interment will follow in Cold Spring Cemetery, under the direction of Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Alphonsine V. Simpson

Alphonsine V. Simpson, age 64, of Kent, NY, formerly a long-time Cold Spring area resident, died on Monday, January 31, 2000 at her residence.

Born in Eagle Butte, SD on August 11, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Delphine Hennessy Garreaux.

Mrs. Simpson was a homemaker and a resident of Kent for the past six years, coming from Elizaville and Cold Spring.

She was predeceased by her husband, George A. Simpson, who died January 16, 1992. She is survived by four sons, George of Sanford, NC, Robert of Kent, Christopher of Poughkeepsie and Michael of Kent; three daughters, Shirley Conley of Cold Spring, Roberta Cook of Beacon and Mary Jo Fayo of Kent; four brothers, Alfonso Garreau of Dupree, SD, Romey Garreau of Eagle Butte, SD, Tracey Garreau of Swift-Bird, SD, and Melvin Garreau of Eagle Butte; five sisters, Shirley Christenson of Auburn, WA, Verna Garreau of Eagle Butte, Fay Garreau of Anchorage, AK, Serena Garreau of Eagle Butte, Melinda Garreau of Eagle Butte; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Simpson was predeceased by three sons, Todd, Mark and Stephen Simpson; and one daughter, Margaret Simpson; five brothers, Gibson, Frankie, Manson, Harold Lee and Gilbert Garreau; and two sisters, Phylis Fay and Gertrude Melinda.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 4, 2000 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring at 10am under the direction of the Clinton Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

The family requests donations be made in Mrs. Simpson’s honor to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.


Mr. James Mooney

Mr. James F. Mooney, age 80, a retired mechanical engineer, died Thursday, December 23, 1999 at National Health Care Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mr. Mooney, a native of Cold Spring, had retired as a mechanical engineer with DuPont. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of USS Thorn Association. He was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son, James Brian Mooney of Swarthmore, PA; two daughters, Pat Sherlock and Beth Coats, both of Columbia; a brother, Dan Mooney of Cold Spring; a sister, Marie Dale of Concord, NH; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Harriet E. Barrett

Harriet E. Barrett, age 99, of Ocala, FL, formerly of Highland and Cold Spring, NY died on January 17, 2000 in Florida.

Born in Yonkers, NY on August 4, 1900, she was the daughter of the late Elijah and Hattie (Christian) Munn.

Mrs. Barrett was a resident of Florida for the past 4 years and had been a very active member of the Highland Garden Club.

She is survived by one daughter, Jean H. Barrett of Ocala, FL; several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Barrett, who passed away in 1979.

Graveside services were held on Friday, January 21, 2000 at the Cold Spring Cemetery with Rev. William Weisenbach officiating. Arrangements were handled by the Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

The family requests donations be made in Mrs. Barrett’s honor to the First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown in her name.


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