Beacon Obituaries

T.C. Bowles

T.C. Bowles (1954-2018)

Theodore Charles Bowles, 64, died July 11, 2018, at his home in Plattsburgh. He was known to friends and family as “T.C.”

Born March 1, 1954, in Cold Spring, he was the son of Theodore and Anna May (Cobbs) Bowles. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1976 as an aircraft mechanic and also worked as a state corrections officer and completed seminary school.

His survivors include his children, Amanda Bowles of Albany; Jennifer Cox of Milledgeville, Georgia; Samantha Bowles of New Milford, New Jersey; and Amoz Bowles of Hudson; eight grandchildren; a great granddaughter; and his siblings, James McBee of Sewell, New Jersey and Dawna Bowles of Fishkill.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1:30 p.m., at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, 23 Academy St., in Beacon, with interment on Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Joe Ricottilli

Nunzio Ricottilli (1928-2018)

Nunzio Ricottilli, 89, a lifelong resident of Beacon who was known to friends and family as “Joe,” died Aug. 2, 2018, at his home.

Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, he was the son of  Panfilo and Emily Ricottilli. On Aug. 13, 1958, he married Suzanne Keenan at St. John’s Church in Beacon.

Nunzio served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later retired from the Carpenter’s Union Local 323. He was a lifetime member of St. Rocco’s and a member of the Mase Hook & Ladder Co. for more than 50 years.

He had many interests, including going to the race track and making an annual trip to the Boxing Hall of Fame. He also loved spending time with family and friends.

Nunzio is survived by his children, Gregory Ricottilli (Marilyn), Anthony Ricottilli, Suzette Ricottilli, Joseph Ricottilli (Wendy), Tara Ricottilli (Nick), and Thomas Ricottilli; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a sister, Theresa (Dolly) Slinsky.

Family and friends will be received on Aug. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, 2 Beekman St., in Beacon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 Willow St., in Beacon, followed by burial with military honors at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital (

Charles Sprauer (1930-2018)

Charles W. Sprauer, 88, of Modena and formerly of Wildwood, Florida, died Aug. 3, 2018, in New Paltz. Among his survivors is a daughter, Katherine Spillane (Anthony) of Beacon.

He was born March 26, 1930 in the Bronx, the son of Charles and Helen (Bauer) Sprauer. He married Mary Jane Mini on Dec. 26, 1955, in Washington, New Jersey.

Charlie served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954. He was employed by Con Ed in New York City until his retirement in 1986. He was a talented painter, using acrylic paints and was also a woodcraftsman. He was a devoted grandfather and enjoyed drawing cartoon characters for his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, daughter and son-in-law, he is survived by a son, Robert Sprauer (Martina) of Modena; a brother, Harold Sprauer; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1 Chestnut St., Cold Spring, NY 10516.

Jim Wood

Jim Wood (1926-2018)

James Howard Wood, 92, a lifelong resident of East Fishkill, died on Aug. 1, 2018, at the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Danbury, Connecticut.

Born in Beacon on Feb. 24, 1926, he was the son of Clarence and Florence (Piper) Wood. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as part of the Occupational Forces in Japan. He was employed as an engineering technician at Texaco in Glenham for 38 years before his retirement in 1986.

Jim was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Hopewell Junction where he served on the vestry for many years. He was also a life member of the East Fishkill Fire District, serving as fire commissioner and chief. Jim enjoyed radio control airplanes and was a member of the Mid-Hudson Radio Control Society.

On Nov. 11, 1951, in Wappingers Falls, he married his wife, Dorothy, who died in 2010.

He is survived by a daughter, Diane Kessler of Hopewell Junction; a son, James H. Wood Jr. (Lori) of Trumbull, Connecticut; and his grandchildren, Gabriella Wood of Trumbull, Daniel Kessler of Brooklyn and Jeffery Planck (Dottie) of Boonsboro, Maryland.

A funeral service was held Aug. 4, followed by interment with military honors in the Church of the Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the East Fishkill Fire District, 2502 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533.

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