Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!
"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Sincerely, Terry Vinning
Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Anne Greco & son Tony
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!
Paul and Staff - Your compassion helped us deal with our loss, and your professionalism was unsurpassed in helping us plan his wake and service. It truly was a celebration of David's life.
Dear Paul & Staff - Thank you for your compassion, kindness and professionalism during our time of loss and sorrow. We appreciate everything you did for our family.
Troy & Scott Ashdown and family
Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito
Dear Paul & Staff - I wanted to thank you for all your help with my father, Howard Fox's funeral. We were so pleased with how everything was handled by you and your staff. Paul, I know that my niece really appreciated your guidance when she did the readings in church.
Dear Paul and Staff - There are not enough words to thank you all. You are very special to me and I will never forget and will always be grateful to all of you. Very Truly Yours
Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family
Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard
Dear Paul and Staff - I just would like to thank you for your kindness that you gave to my husband John, during these sad times of losing both of his parents. The professionalism that you showed was outstanding but most of all your compassion and caring meant so much to us all.
Blessings & Prayers, Nancy & John Napoleon
Dear Paul and Staff - Kind, gentle, efficient, professional this is what you are. Sincere thanks for all that was done for Ella and our family.
John "Jack" Clifford Macauley, 99, of Kingston, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Brooklyn, he was a son of the late Clifford Macauley and Elizabeth Bartly Macauley. Jack served proudly as a paratrooper with the 17th Airborne Division and obtained the rank of S/Sgt. Fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Belgum, Central Europe, Rhineland and made a combat jump into Wesel, Germany in support of Operation Varsity on March 24, 1945. Jack was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantryman Badge. He returned home with the 517th combat team.
In 1946, Jack joined the NYC Police Dept. and retired as a Detective Second Grade in 1966. He was awarded the Combat Cross for gallantry in service and was named Policeman of the Month on August 1951. In 1968 he joined United Parcel Service as Loss Prevention Manager and retired 1986.
Jack was the Past President and Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association, Charter member and past vice-chairman of the 82nd Airborne Division Association Tri-state Mid-Hudson Chapter, Port Jervis, Life Member American Legion Post 150 Kingston, NY, Member of DAV Association, Member of Police Association Hudson Valley 10-13, Life Member and Past President Veteran Battle of the Bulge Association Chapter 59, Past State Committeeman of the Ulster County Democratic Party and Life Member and Past President of VFW of Post 8959, Kerhonkson, NY.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Cecelia Macauley, a daughter, Patrice Macauley and her husband, Frank Baker, a son, Gregory Macauley and his wife Claire, three grandchildren Scott Perkins, Jennifer Knapp, Eric Esposito and seven great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by a daughter, Merrilyn Waznys and a brother, Clinton Macauley.
The family will receive friends at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Arlene Dawber, officiating. Military Honors by Joyce-Schirick Post 1386 Color Guard, will follow.
Inurnment in Saratoga National Cemetery will be privately held.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HealthAlliance Hospital Foundation, 96 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 or Hudson Valley Hospice, 400 Aaron Ct, Kingston, NY 12401.
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