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Edward T. Byer Jr.

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Edward T. Byer, Jr. DELMAR, N.Y. Edward T. Byer, Jr., 79, of Delmar, passed away peacefully at the St. Peter's Hospice Inn on July 3, 2009, after a long illness. He resided in Delmar for 49 years. Born in North Albany, he was the son of Edward T. Byer Sr. and Rosanna Maguire Byer and the beloved and loving husband of Ann Schako Byer. He was a graduate of Vincentian Institute and attended Russell Sage. Ed was the owner and president of Brooks-Byer Associates, Inc. before his retirement in 1994. He was a communicant and active member of St. Thomas The Apostle Church for many years. Prior to founding Brooks-Byer Associates in 1974, Ed was a vice president with Rose and Keirnan, Inc., an Albany insurance firm where he oversaw its construction surety operations. Ed was well known within insurance and surety circles, and within New York's construction industry. He was an active member of the Eastern Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors, and Building Industry Employers, among other groups. He served on many committees and boards over the course of his long, successful career and was the recipient of several recognitions. Growing up in North Albany during the 1930's and 40's, Ed was a standout athlete, lifeguard and semi-pro football player/coach. As a teen, Ed was a caddie at Wolfert's Roost Country Club in Albany, where he later became a longstanding member and trustee. Ed and his beloved wife, Ann, enjoyed spending as much time as possible at their home in Marco Island, Fla. For many years, summers were centered around their camp on Vermont's Lake Bomoseen. He enjoyed playing golf, significant do-it-yourself renovation projects, moonlight boat rides, traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Edward leaves his beloved wife of 57 years, Ann Schako Byer; his daughter, Deborah A. Peck (Gary) of Copake; his son, Bradley E. Byer (Donna Carr) of Loundonville; his son, John M. Byer and his partner, Malcolm Lippert, of Jericho, Vt., and his daughter, Lisa M. Byer of Bennington, Vt. He was the loving brother of Marilyn Husselbeck and the late Charlotte Alston, Marjorie Wickham, Helen Alston, Rosemary Sweetser and Harriet Byer. Edward was very proud of his grandchildren, Ava M. and Elliott E. Byer, Adam W. Peck (Melinda) and Brian V. Peck (Joanne) and great-grandchildren Aaron and Tyler Peck. He also leaves many cherished nieces and nephews. Special thanks to all of the "angels" that helped guide Edward and his family through his illness with compassion and strength in the comfort of his home. FUNERAL NOTICE: Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the APPLEBEE FUNERAL HOME, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar. Entombment will follow in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont. A celebration will immediately follow at Wolfert's Roost Country Club, Van Rensselaer Blvd., Albany at 12 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl. Delmar, NY 12054; Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205, or the , 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 6, 2009
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