Betsy Brilliant (1947-2016)

Betsy Brilliant
Betsy Brilliant

Elizabeth W. “Betsy” Brilliant, 69, died Oct. 20, 2016, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

She was born in Beacon on May 16, 1947, the daughter of Dr. George E. and Louise (Williams) Wortman. A graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, she attended Dutchess Community College and graduated from the Krissler Business Institute in Poughkeepsie.

For many years, Betsy served as a member and chair of the Town of Fishkill Zoning Board of Appeals. She was chair for the Town of Fishkill Republican Committee and later held the same position with the Dutchess County Republican Committee. Following her position as county chair, she went on to serve as secretary for the New York State Republican Committee.

Throughout her life, Betsy loved spending time in coastal Florida, especially Naples and Boca Raton. She enjoyed many hobbies and interests but especially loved animals.

On June 25, 1966, she married Harold C. “Hal” Brilliant at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Beacon. He survives at home in Fishkill.

Betsy is also survived by her daughter, Rebecca Fusaro (Rob) of Poughkeepsie; her daughter, Missy DeMattio-Coppola (Vinny) of Pleasant Valley; granddaughters, Nicole and Danielle DeMattio; sister-in-law Barbara Cleary, a number of nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the McHoul Funeral Home, 1089 Main St., Fishkill, with a private burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue Foundation (

Richard W. Colangelo (1962-2016)

Richard Colangelo
Richard Colangelo

Richard W. Colangelo, 54, of New Paltz, died Oct. 14, 2016, at home.

Rich was born April 8, 1962, in Beacon, the son of the Philip J. and Katharine (Caddell) Colangelo. He married Janine Kowalczyk on Aug. 3, 1991, at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls. She survives at home.

Rich graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1982. He also owned and operated Pastries by Exposure in Wappinger Falls and Cold Spring and owned C and C Catering in New Paltz. Since 1992 he has catered for the film industry in New York City and other locations.

After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Rich stayed in the city to help feed the recovery workers. This act of charity was very important to him.

Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters Allyson M. Colangelo of Orlando, Florida and Rachel K. Colangelo of New Paltz; son Philip J. Colangelo IV of New Paltz; sisters Pamela Colangelo of Cold Spring and Gloria Hollingshead (Don) of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; brothers Philip Colangelo and Paul Colangelo, both of Fishkill, and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation took place at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Timothy Tompkins Price, Sr. (1951-2016)

Timothy Tompkins Price, Sr., 64, of Staatsburg and formerly of Beacon, died at home Oct. 9, 2016.

Timothy Price, Sr.
Timothy Price, Sr.

Born Dec. 8, 1951 in Beacon, Timothy was the son of Homer S. and Geraldine G. (Tompkins) Price. He graduated from Beacon High School and was a life member of Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club. He worked as a driver for the County of Westchester.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Rowe) Price; two sons, Timothy Price, Jr. (Erica) of Beacon and Jason Price of Salt Point; a stepdaughter, Michelle Ahern (Kris) of Beacon; a sister, Cynthia Price; two grandchildren: Jeremy Jr. and Sophie; four step-grandchildren: Billy, Dylan, Olivia and Noah; a nephew, Timothy Sickler and a daughter-in-law, Rachel Price.

Service were held Oct. 15 at the Libby Funeral Home in Beacon. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, 372 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508.

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