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Cyril L. Berry

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Berry, Cyril L. ORMOND BEACH, Fla. Cyril "Cy" Berry, formerly of Lake George, passed away on January 7, 2014. He was 85. Born July 30, 1928 in Woodstock, England to Cyril Arthur Berry and Margaret Dempsey Berry, Cy passed in the warmth of Ormond Beach. At 16, Cyril joined the British Army and prepared to serve during World War II. When his true age was discovered, he was separated from his unit. He worked in the cafeteria of an American base until old enough to officially enlist. During the war, he met and fell in love with Flora Crawford Gaw. Married for 43 years, Cy and Flora had five children. Cy's devoted wife went to her eternal rest in 2002. Cy was very proud of and leaves his daughter Carol; and four sons, James, Andy, Peter and Paul. James and his wife Janice, Carol Moir, who recently lost her beloved husband Bill, Andy and his wife Donna, all live in Toronto, Canada. Peter and his wife Wendy reside in Colonie. Paul and wife Kimberly reside in Saratoga Springs. Cy also leaves an extended family that includes ten grandchildren, Christene, John, Terry, Brian and Julia, who all reside in Toronto, Jason, Michael, Christopher, Samantha, and Elizabeth reside with their families in upstate New York. Seven great-grandchildren will know Cy as part of their family tree. They are Kristen, Eric, Abby, Imogene, Ewan. Bronwyn, and Jay, all living in Toronto. Cy left his home, his wife and three of his children in 1953 and traveled from England to Toronto, seeking employment opportunities. He worked on the Canadian National transcontinental railroad as a waiter, delivered laundry, and eventually became a successful businessman. His success and desire for change brought him to Lake George in 1978. He purchased and operated the George Washington Motel until 1989. He also operated a successful dry cleaning business, "Sta-Brite Dry Cleaners," in Clifton Park. Cy enjoyed singing, dancing, travel, and the love of his precious poodles. He also enjoyed watching his sons play sports and was often the loudest parent in the stands, or on the sidelines cheering on their performance. He was blessed to find the patient, caring and loving company of Charlotte Lamp Gauthier of Granville. They married and were together for nearly ten years. Over the last two years, Cy found friendship and companionship with Madelyn Snyder of Ormond Beach. Friends and family will gather to remember Cy on Wednesday, January 22 at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 50 Mohican Street, Lake George, with a reception to follow at the firehouse of the Lake George Volunteer Fire Department. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to benefit the (; 1-800-242-8721) or the ASPCA (

Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 15, 2014
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