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John J. "Jack" Cuddihy

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- John J. “Jack” Cuddihy, 79, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. He resided on Abbott Street in Hoosick Falls and was the husband of the late Catherine “Marie” (Maleady) Cuddihy, who died on Jan. 23, 2002.

He was born on March 11, 1925 in Hoosick Falls, son of Richard and Helen (Early) Cuddihy. John graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls and was a veteran of the United States Army. He served during World War II in Central Europe and attained the rank of staff sergeant. While in the Army he received the following medals: Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal. In his earlier years he worked as a carpenter and was a former member of the carpenter’s union.

John was very active in the community, serving as the superintendent of public works for many years and was a past village trustee. He also was a founding member of the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad. Other memberships include the Callmens Association of the Fire Department, V.F.W. Post No. 8417, St. Stanislaw Society, Knights of Columbus, A.A.R.P., lifetime membership in the Elks Lodge No. 178, and a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Cuddihy of Grafton and Diane Harrington of Hoosick Falls; a sister, Rita Hunt of West Hoosick; a brother, Richard Cuddihy of East Hoosick; and two grandchildren, T.J. Harrington and Lorianne Harrington both of Hoosick Falls. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by two sisters, Helen Benkoski and Marie Roberts.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10:15 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Mary’s Academy or the Karen McGovern Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Members of Elks Lodge No. 178 will meet at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct their services.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 30, 2004
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