Beacon Obituaries

Eric Castellano

Eric Castellano (1989-2017)

Eric Robert Castellano, 28, of Beacon, died suddenly at home on July 23, 2017.

Eric was born in Poughkeepsie on Feb. 10, 1989, the son of Robert C. and Grace-Ellen (Favale) Castellano. He attended John Jay High School and in 2008 graduated from Orchard View Alternative High School. He worked for the MTA for five years.

Eric was an avid fisherman. He loved animals and always cherished his pets. He also had many years of experience as a pigeon flyer.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Allison Castellano of Hopewell Junction, and his grandmother, Christine Favale of Fishkill.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on July 28 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill. Memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA (dcspca.org)

William Kirkup

William Kirkup (1943-2017)

William Craig Kirkup, 73, of Beacon, died July 29, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Nov. 5, 1943 in Beacon, he was the son of William C. and Marguerite (Schuder) Kirkup.

Craig attended Beacon schools and worked as a stone mason until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of VFW Post 666, St. Rocco’s Society, the Elks and the Fur, Fin and Feather Hunting Club.

His survivors include, his son Timothy Kirkup of Florida; two sisters, Patricia Kirkup (Maureen Dillon) of Fishkill and Maureen Deol of Manhattan; his brother, Terry Kirkup (Patricia) of Wappingers Falls, as well as grandchildren, nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be held Aug. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave., in Beacon. Funeral services will take place Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Cemetery on Washington Avenue in Beacon. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or Animal Rescue Foundation (arfbeacon.org).

Peter J. Papula III (1952-2017)

Peter J. Papula III, 65, of Porter Corners, died on July 28, 2017, at Saratoga Hospital from injuries sustained in a car crash.

Born in Cold Spring on March 20, 1952, Peter was the son of Peter and Frances (Bowen) Papula. He graduated from Beacon High School in 1971 and spent 33 years as a corrections officer at Greenhaven, Green Meadow and Mt. McGregor, among other facilities. On Oct. 28, 1978, he married Deborah Gagnier, who survives at home.

In his free time and retired years, he enjoyed pistol target shooting, woodworking, auto racing, bowling, restoring cars and spending time with his family.

Besides his wife and father, he is survived by his son, Peter Papula (Toni) of West Palm Beach, Florida; his grandsons, Cody Papula and Jordan Papula; his brother, James Papula (Barbara), of Chelsea; his nieces Marissa Corliss (Steven) of Boston, and McCarry Papula of Chelsea; his first wife, Andrea Wnuk of Greenfield, Indiana; and his in-laws, Garth and Janet Gagnier of Chateaugay.

Memorial donations may be made to the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (cpof.org) or the Lewey Body Dementia Association (lbda.org)


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