Beacon Obituaries

Richard Begany

Richard Begany (1937-2018)

Richard P. Begany, 80, a longtime resident of Fishkill, died Aug. 13, 2018, at his home.

Richard was born Sept. 30, 1937, in Beacon to Paul and Josephine (Fredericks) Begany. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and owned RA Richie Distributors. Richard also was a 50-year member of Lewis Tompkins Hose Co. in Beacon, a member of Beacon Elks and a honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council No. 445.

In addition to the former Ruthann Slinksey, his wife of 55 years, Richard is survived by his son, Dean Begany.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 16 at St. Joachim Church in Beacon, with burial with military honors at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Sam DiTullo

Sam DiTullo (1925-2018)

Samuel Dominick DiTullo, 93, of Beacon, died Aug. 8, 2018.

He was born in Beacon on April 29, 1925, to immigrant parents from southern Italy. He left school during the Great Depression to help support the family, and he and his four brothers all served during World War II.

After the war, he married Mary (Haight) Hunt, a war widow with four children. Together, they had five more children and spent 57 years living in a home they bought on Ralph Street.

Sam retired from the City of Beacon Department of Public Works. He was also a proud member of Lewis Tompkins Hose Co. for more than 25 years and attended and served as an usher at St. John the Evangelist church. He was fondly known as the “Mayor of Beacon,” despite never having run for or having held public office.

After Mary died in 2004, Sam began spending the winters in South Florida with his daughter and her husband. There he met Barbara Harkey. They were together until her death in November. Although he loved his days in Florida, he missed the rest of the family and longed for tranquil days, fishing or crabbing, on the banks of the Hudson River.

He is survived by his nine children: Tom, Evelyn, Bill, Mary, Sam, Don, Linda, Nancy and Carol, as well as 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at St. John the Evangelist, 35 Willow St., in Beacon, on Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m., with interment with military honors to follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery at 11am. A celebration of life will be held at Lewis Tompkins Hose Co. at 1 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the fire company or a veterans’ charity.

Eileen Horan (1923-2018)

Eileen R. Horan, 95, of Poughkeepsie and formerly of Beacon, died Aug. 9, 2018, at her home.

Born in Yonkers on March 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Harold and Teresa (Maloney) Tynan. After serving in the U.S. Navy in the WAVES from 1943 to 1945, she was employed as a secretary for IBEW in Yonkers.

On May 6, 1944, in Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, she married William Horan, who died in 1989.

She is survived by her children, Lynne Hall of Tioga, Pennsylvania; Patricia Kirkup (Terry) of Wappingers Falls; and Michael Horan of Poughkeepsie, as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Aug. 14 at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls, with burial at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).

Brian Wade

Brian Wade (1979-2018)

Brian Matthew Wade, 39, formerly of Beacon, died July 17, 2018, in Ipwich, Massachusetts.

Born June 6, 1979, in Cold Spring, he was the son of Lester and Michele Wade. He was baptized at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville.

Brian was educated in the Beacon school system and left the city to work for a youth program in the Greater Boston area. His siblings often teased him for being the “champion of the underdog.” He loved the ocean, swimming, fishing, cooking, video games and, most of all, the guitar and his music.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Michael Garrett (Sara) of Queens; Timothy Wade of Artesia, New Mexico; and Terri Dushock (Joey) of Yonkers; his grandmother, Geraldine Garrett of Chelsea; and his special grandmother (cousin), Beulah Jackson of Beacon.

A memorial service was held Aug. 18 at Rhodes Funeral Home in New Windsor. Friends in Ipwich also held a candlelight vigil at Pavilion Beach there.

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