Beacon Obituaries

Barbara Dayton

Barbara Jo Dayton

Barbara Jo Dayton, 69, of Beacon and formerly of Freeville, died Aug. 23, 2017.

The daughter of George and Marian Franklyn of Syracuse, Barb was married for 33 years to Harris Dayton. Together they ran a family farm in their “spare” time in Freeville. Barb was previously married to Philip Simon.

An accountant, Barb worked for many people in the Cortland-Ithaca area over the years. Most recently she retired from Ithaca ReUse and the Women’s Opportunity Center. She had an unshakable Christian faith.

She is survived by her father, George Franklyn, and his wife, Toni; her daughter Kayla Simon Allen (Hunter) Allen; and her grandchildren, Victoria and Bailey Allen; and her siblings: Lorraine Franklyn (Russell Scullen), Kathleen Morse, John Franklyn (Marie) and Kristine Mallory.

Services will be held Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at Reach Out for Christ Church, 318 Johnson Road, in Freeville, with internment at Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield.

Robert Henderson

Robert “Shug” Henderson (1951-2017)

Robert K. Henderson, 66, died Aug. 16, 2017, at his home.

Robert was born July 11, 1951, in Beacon to Ernest and Eleanor (Hunter) Henderson. He attended school in the Beacon City School District before serving in the U.S. Air Force until 1977 as an aircraft mechanic.

On June 11, 1977, he married Freddie L. Buggs, and they had three children: Rhonda, Robert Koshon Sr. and Damen. He worked for IBM until his retirement due to a medical disability.

Known to friends as “Shug” or “Shuggy,” he would work on anyone’s car, day or night, if they stopped by his house. He also loved car shows. A day did not go by where he didn’t take out his 1970 Chevelle SS, 1969 Z28 Camaro or 2010 Camaro RS SS.

He is survived by his wife; his children Rhonda and Damen; his grandchildren Marie, Khailia, Robert Koshon Jr., Jerome and Tyveshea; a great-grandchild, Julian; a brother, Keith Henderson (Carol); his aunt, Ishe Morris; and a daughter-in-law, Joanna Henderson.

A funeral service was held Aug. 24 at Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Beacon, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Audrey Levin (1940-2017)

Audrey (Lesser) Levin, 76, of Beacon, died Aug. 18, 2017. She was born Aug. 20, 1940.

She was interred at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance Cemetery in Fishkill on Aug. 20.

Rich Palisi

Rich Palisi (1951-2017)

Richard J. Palisi, 66, died on Aug. 18, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, surrounded by his family.

Born on Jan. 4, 1951, he was the son of Alfred and Mary Agnes (Williams) Palisi. On Mar. 1, 1975, he married Melinda Ann Hawks at St. Joachim Church in Beacon.

Rich attended St. Joachim’s school and graduated in 1969 from Beacon High School, after which he attended Dutchess Community College. He was a life member of the Mase Hook and Ladder Company, during which he served as president, trustee and a fireman. “Stink” could share many a story about the house. He loved to accompany Santa on a firetruck as it drove through the city visiting children.

Rich was also a past president of the Beacon Junior Baseball League, where he coached and managed teams. Baseball was an integral part of his life. He enjoyed attending sports card memorabilia shows and conversing with Major League players. He was dedicated to the Yankees.

Rich was employed by the National Biscuit Company in Beacon and served as union vice president and representative. He later worked at the Federal Paper Board Company and the City of Beacon Waste Water Treatment Plant, until he was forced to retirement due to illness. “Flash” looked forward to clocking in and seeing “the guys” daily.

He shared a special connection with his brother, Bob. The two eagerly awaited national sporting events and held Trim-A-Tree parties annually, as well as the Williams Open Golf Tournament, which “Dickie” was instrumental in orchestrating 25 years ago. O Aug. 12, the 25th Annual Williams Open was held. Bob and family and friends played in Dickie’s honor.

Besides his wife, Rich is survived by his daughter, Stacey Lynn (Joseph Acuti Jr.); his grandchildren, Cassidy Elizabeth, Tyler Joseph and Savannah Nicole Acuti; and his brother, Robert Palisi (Margaret). He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Bridget and his brother-in-law, Donald Pierce, and a lifelong friend, Gary Barrack.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 25 at St. Joachim Church, with interment at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association (

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