John “Buddy” Greenough

Visitation and service to be held Sunday in Cold Spring

John “Buddy” Greenough died at home in Cold Spring July 25, after a long illness. He was 69. Born in Potsdam, N.Y., February 11, 1944, he was the son of the late Rush and Adella (Ovitt) Greenough.

Buddy, as he was known to family and friends, attended Beacon High School; from there he enlisted in the United States Army where he received his GED. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1963 through December 1968, serving a tour overseas in Vietnam with Co. A, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry, and was discharged with the rank of SP5.

Buddy was employed as a plumbing apprentice by AC Smith Plumbing; he was then employed as a machinist for 18 years at Green Fan until it closed in 1985, and finally worked for the Village of Cold Spring as a Waste Water Plant operator from 1991 until his retirement in 2004.

He was a member of Cold Spring Fire Co. No. 1 for 41 years, serving as past President, a 51-year “Life Member” of Lewis Tompkins Hose Fire Co. in Beacon, receiving an award for 50 years of service, a member of Dutchess Junction Fire Co. in the Town of Fishkill, and was an associate member of Highland Engine Fire Co. in Cornwall.

His favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his younger years he enjoyed spending time at the firehouse. He also enjoyed collecting model cars, putting puzzles together, watching MASH and taking pictures of scenery from his window.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Catherine Budney Greenough. They were married February 24, 1967, in Cold Spring. He is also survived by his son James (Marlene) Greenough of Union Vale, N.Y., and daughter Tammi Greenough (Harris) Seabolt of Buford, Ga., 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A brother, Rush (Linda) Greenough of Beacon, and a sister, Adella Greenough Coultas of Beacon. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Betty Budney of Cold Spring, sisters-in law Mary Jo  (Peter) Knapp of Fishkill, and Denise (Byron) Brewer of Brewster, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews. Predeceasing him was a niece, Colleen Greenough Waksmundzki, and father-in-law Stanley “Mackey” Budney.

Services will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Clinton Funeral Home, Corner of Parrott and Pine Streets (21 Parrott St.), Cold Spring, 10516. The Rev. Tim Greco will officiate. Private cremation will follow. Friends may call from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clinton Funeral Home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 364, Cold Spring NY, 10516, or the Cold Spring Fire Co. No. 1, 154 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516.


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