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Obituaries

Donald Keith Drumm

SHARON — Donald Keith Drumm, 81, died July 14, 2018, of natural causes in McDonald, Ohio. 

He was born in Sharon on April 3, 1937, the son of Julia (Couse) and Ned Drumm. 

He attended Sharon Center School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He then entered the United States Navy, where he served for seven years. He then became a truck driver and was a Teamster for 35 years.

Chadd Michael Ackerman

WASSAIC – Chadd Michael Ackerman, 37, a lifelong area resident died July 21, 2018, at his home in Wassaic. 

Chadd worked for New York State as a developmental assistant one (DA1) supervisor at the Taconic DDSO in Wassaic for more than eight years.

Born Oct. 15, 1980, in Sharon, he was the son of the late Randy Ackerman and Margaret E. (Boyles) Ackerman, who survives in Wassaic. 

Chadd attended Dutchess County BOCES, where he excelled in small engine repair. He was a 1999 graduate of Webutuck High School in Amenia. 

Laverne G. ‘Butch’ Spaulding

MILLERTON — Laverne G. “Butch” Spaulding, 73, a longtime area resident, died peacefully on July 14, 2018, at his home in Millerton with his loving family at his side. 

Butch worked as a professional automotive detailer for Sharon Auto Body in Sharon for more than 30 years prior to his retirement.

Born June 8, 1945, in Cobleskill, N.Y., he was the son of the late Norma (Elliott) and Kenneth Spaulding and was educated in Cobleskill area schools. 

Priscilla B. Fordyce

SALISBURY — Priscilla B. Fordyce, 92, died July 9, 2018, at Noble Horizons.  

Born on Sept. 15, 1925, in Rumford, R.I., she was the daughter of Dorothy and Arthur Briden. She attended East Providence schools and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in mathematics.  

After graduation, she moved to Pittsfield, Mass., and worked as an assistant engineer for GE.  

On Sept. 27, 1952, Priscilla was married to William J. Fordyce of Schenectady, N.Y., and lived there until 1961 when they moved to Vestal, N.Y.  

Steven Michael Decker

MILLERTON — Steven Michael Decker, 47, a lifelong area resident, died July 15, 2018, at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., following a long illness. Steve worked as a truck driver for Petro Home Services based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for more than 12 years.

Born Sept. 27, 1970, in Sharon, he was the son of Catherine (Cade) Spaulding of Millerton. 

Gregory E. Carlson

FALLS VILLAGE — Gregory E. Carlson, 62, of Armonk, N.Y., passed away on July 12, 2018,  after a Herculean battle with cancer. 

Gregory was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Dec. 2, 1955, to Dolores (Stout) and the late Ehret Carlson. 

In appreciation: Bill Buehrle

The Town of Sharon owes a lot to Bill Buehrle, who died June 23, 2018. 

The water in the Sharon Water System used to consist intermittently of mud and brown water from the tap. Such water can be very dangerous and carry disease. 

When Bob Moeller became our first selectman in 1987, he secured a federal grant to build a filtration plant. He also found Bill to join the Water Commission. 

P. Frederick ‘Fred’ Kahn

SHARON — P. Frederick “Fred” Kahn, 82, died peacefully in the company of his wife, Gail, and two daughters, Hartley Cassady and Meredith Rollins, on July 11, 2018, after a multi-year battle with lung cancer. Fred was a resident of Charleston, S.C., and Sharon.

Holly (McMackin) Adams

KENT — After years of battling Multiple Sclerosis, Holly (McMackin) Adams, 69, died peacefully on July 16, 2018, while in the attentive care of the staff at Live Well Assisted Living Facility in Southington, Conn. 

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late MaryAnn (Dunn) and Frank Joseph McMackin, Holly grew up in Garden City, Long Island, and subsequently graduated from Georgian Court College in New Jersey. 

Sidney Isaac Liebowitz

SHARON — Sidney Isaac Liebowitz, a founding partner of the New York law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, and adored husband, father, grandfather, great uncle, colleague, mentor and friend, died peacefully on July 8, 2018, in Sharon of complications from a fall. He was 94.