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Sylvester "Si" C. Close

1925-2010 STEPHENTOWN, NY Sylvester C. "Si" Close, 84, of Route 43, died on Tuesday evening at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, where he has resided since July of 2008.

Born in White Creek, N.Y. on July 26, 1925, son of George W. and Mary Gates Close, Si was the loving husband of the former Vivian M. Jandrow, whom he married on Feb. 5, 1949, in St. Joseph's Church in Stephentown.

He has lived in Stephentown since 1949, and was a communicant and past trustee of St. Joseph's Church.

Educated in White Creek and Hoosick Falls schools, Si joined the Navy in 1945. He served on the USS Cebu which prepared at Pearl Harbor from March 29 - May 11, 1946, for her role supporting the atomic tests of Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll (Pikinni Atoll). He was honorably discharged in 1947, at the rank of Fireman Second Class.

He worked at Owl's Garage in Hoosick Falls, where he met his wife, until 1949. He then worked at the Walter B. Sykes Store in Stephentown, from 1948-1966, as a television repairman and clerk, and at General Electric in Pittsfield in the Defense Department as a Developmental Technician making Bradley tanks and fighting vehicles from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.

Si has been a member of the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department since 1949, where he has held many positions including Chief from 1969 to 1976, and as Fire Commissioner since 1978. He also served the Town of Stephentown as Town Clerk from 1974 until 1993.

Si was a member of the New York State and Rensselaer County Fire Chief's Association, past member and Vice-President of the Rensselaer County Town Clerk's Association, a former Assistant Scout Leader from 1961 -1967, a member of the Stephentown Republican Club and a member of the Veterans of Stephentown.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Vivian M. Close; two children, Rev. John L. Close of Stephentown, Jean M. (Stephen) Kosche of Shaftsbury, Vt.; a granddaughter, Vanessa L. (Howard Amidon) Kosche; a great-grandson, Austin Bortell, along with three nieces.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services with full fire departmental and military honors will be on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. in the HALL & HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME, 457 NY 43, Stephentown, then at 11 a.m. in St.. Joseph's Church (across from the funeral home) where Sy's son Rev. John L. Close will celebrate a Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home for visitation on Friday from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and 7 to 9 in the evening.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated and given to either the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department, Veterans of Stephentown, St. Joseph's Church Memorial Fund, the activity fund of the Vermont Veterans Home or Meals on Wheels of Rensselaer County in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown, NY 12168.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in the "Four Chaplains All Faith Memorial Chapel" of the Vermont Veterans Home. All are invited.

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 11, 2010
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