LeRoy E Thorpe 1936-2010 MONTEREY LeRoy E. Thorpe of 427 Main Road in Monterey died Friday, December 3, 2010 at Berkshire Medical Center after being stricken early in the day at The Berkshire National Fish Hatchery. Born in Pine Plains, N.Y. March 15,1936 to the late Henry and Edna Ostrander Thorpe. He attended Pine Plains Central School where he played football, basketball, volleyball and softball. He graduated with the class of 1956. He served in the U.S Army Airborne Division. He had many jumps to his credit, including parachuting behind enemy lines in Korea, where he received one of two Purple Hearts. Following his military service, he moved to Monterey. He was employed by Kimberly Clark/Schweitzer-Mauduit for 37 years retiring in 1997. He was an officer with the Monterey Police Department from 1963 until 1978. He coached Monterey Yankees Little League for 25 years. He was a member of The Izaak Walton League of America and served on its National Board of Directors for many years. He also served various Town Boards in Monterey. He was an avid candlepin bowler in local leagues. In recent years he had dedicated his energies to reviving the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery thru the Berkshire Hatchery Foundation. Survivors include his wife, the former Linda Chamberlin, two children, Michael Thorpe of Housatonic and Tish Thorpe of Monterey; two grandchildren, Michael Thorpe Jr. and Cody Funk; two brothers Clifford and Richard Thorpe of Pine Plains, N.Y.; two nieces, Carol Anne and Anne of New York state. He was predeceased by a sister Anita Divine and two brothers, Henry Thorpe Jr. and Donald. FUNREAL NOTICE: A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME. Burial will be private with Military Honors at a later date. The family requests the omission of flowers. Donations can be made to the Berkshire Hatchery Foundation thru the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfh.com.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 8, 2010