John Teagle (1957-2023)

John Teagle

John Teagle

John Fredrick Teagle, a longtime Putnam County resident, formerly of New York City and Ohio, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx following a courageous, two-year battle with cancer. He was 66.

The son of the late Phillip and Mary (Witty) Teagle, he was born in Akron, Ohio, on February 6, 1957.

John loved music and was an accomplished guitarist, having performed in bands such as Purple kNif and The Walking Clampetts. Widely known and respected for his vast knowledge of electric guitars and tube amplification, John authored books on the history of Fender amplifiers and Washburn guitars. He also played bass drum for the Hudson Highlands Pipe Band.

John cherished the natural landscape of the Hudson River Valley. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking throughout the region and was proud to have traveled the Appalachian Trail from Connecticut to New Jersey. He was dedicated to environmental conservation and was a caretaker and board secretary of Little Stony Point Citizens Association. For nearly 20 years, John worked in maintenance and events at the Garrison Institute.

On April 1, 2018, he married Mary (Dixon) Teagle in Akron, Ohio. Mary survives at home in Garrison.

Additional survivors include his daughter, Cassidy Heulitt and her husband Addison; his stepchildren, Catherine Breck (John Scanlon). granddaughter Hazel Colon, Eamon O. Dougherty and Reilly Dougherty (Dawson Steeber); his siblings, Paul Teagle and spouse Laura Zeller Teagle, Judy Jamison and spouse Bob Jamison, and Laura Teagle Evans; as well as nieces and nephews Alex, Aidan, Mike, Molly, Jenny, Danni, David, Meghan and Melanie, special friends Henry Garcia and Nick Poholchuk, and other relatives and friends.

The family would also like to thank the caring and committed staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, especially Drs. Paul Chapman and Alex Shoushtari, for their care of John during his treatment there.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations in John’s memory may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028 ( or Little Stony Point Citizens Association, P.O. Box 319, Cold Spring NY 10516 (

Arrangements are under the direction of McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill, NY 12524. For online tributes, you can visit John’s Book of Memories at

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