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 - 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.
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!
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 & 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 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 - Kind, gentle, efficient, professional this is what you are. Sincere thanks for all that was done for Ella and our family.
In Sorrow, Paul Panesa
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 - 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 - 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
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.
Eulogy offered at St. Mary's Church on February 12, 2009 by Bill's daughter:
Dad was a man of contradictions.
He was a gentle man who would carefully carry an insect out of the house so it would live, but for most of his life, carried two pistols on his person.
He was a man's man, and would get down in the dirt to rebuild car engines, install plumbing, build a deck, or a driveway, even - no problem was too difficult; but I still have memories of him in a frilly apron, or carefully ironing every ruffle in my little dress when he had to be both mother and father to us after mom died in 1958. He had the hands of a mason, yet took great pride in his incredible skills as a lapidary as he carefully designed and fashioned sterling silver and gemstone jewelry when he retired from IBM.
He saved everything – empty toilet paper rolls, suitcases full of rocks, flashing fluorescent OPEN signs from garage sales in case anyone ever needed one (and Gary did), daily newspapers and National Geographic magazines (still in the original paper wrappers) for 20+ years – everything piled up so there was barely room to move in his house – yet, he neatly ate one food group at a time off his plate – in order from the food he liked least to his favorite.
He would growl at his grandchildren, who fondly called him, "Grumpa," but could spend hours with them working on an intricate project or reading the funnies.
Dad was, above all, a funny man. He could swear a blue streak if needed, but, most times, his harshest swears were "rotten rattafraterus" and "smongolianmuddledinuck."
Dad also had a way with words, and a selection of favorite phrases. Anyone who has spent time with him will be able to finish these:
"Anything below 70 degrees……belongs in the refrigerator."
"And about that time……a flock of bird dogs flew over."
"Only if I'm alone ….or with somebody."
"Any flavor….as long as it's chocolate." And, to anyone who asked, "How are you, Bill?" he'd reply, "Mean as ever!"
Dad was truly a unique individual, loved his wives, both of them, and his children and grandchildren, each of them, unconditionally, and, these past few years, flirted with all his nurses shamelessly. He made everyone smile, always had a twinkle in his eye and a joke ready, and, will be enormously missed.
William E. Mayhon, Sr., formerly of Lawrenceville St., Town of Ulster died Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Nyack Manor Nursing Home, Valley Cottage. He was 86.
He was born in Tolar, NM on January 7, 1923, a son of the late William Charles and Mae Mayhon.
A US Army veteran of WW II, he served in the European Theater of Operations. Mr. Mayhon moved to this area after service and lived on Lawrenceville St., Town of Ulster for many years.
Mr. Mayhon worked, for 25 years, as an engineer at I.B.M., Kingston and Poughkeepsie. After retirement he designed and created silver jewelry with semi-precious stones at the His 'n Her Shop.
A member of the Joyce - Schirick Post #1386, he moved to Rockland County in 2006.
His first wife, Emma DeCicco Mayhon died in 1958, his second wife, Lucy DiMicco Mayhon died in 1999.
Surviving are two sons William Mayhon Jr. and his fiance Robin of West Hurley and Gary Mayhon and his wife Judy of Hurley; one daughter Pamela Deming and her husband Michael of New City, six grandchildren Billy and Lance Mayhon, Jocelyn and Alana Mayhon, Jeneva and Madison Deming; many nieces and nephews.
Reposing at the Simpson - Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave. on Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather at St. Mary's Church on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for a Funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
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