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David A. Blakely Obituary
David A. Blakely HURLEY- David A Blakely (Bubby), 65, of Apple Hill Road, Hurley, died Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at Benedictine Hospital. He was born in Kingston, the son of the late David A Blakely and Rita Lang Blakely. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1967 and Ulster County Community College in 1969. At UCCC he captained the golf team, which won the region XV championship. He was named UCCC’s scholar athlete. He went on to graduate from Albany State in 1972 then accepted a position at Kingston Oil Supply, holding many positions throughout his entire career. Mr. Blakely was an avid golfer. His love affair of the game began at the age of 14 as a caddy. He was a long time member of Wiltwyck Country Club where he served terms as the treasurer and then president of the board of directors. Highlights of his golf career included making the 36 hole cut in the Ulster County Men’s amateur golf tournament (The Herdegen) where he recorded the first hole – in- one in the tournament’s 38 year history, multiple winner of the Wiltwyck club champion as well as the Wiltwyck invitational. He also served many years as Treasurer on the Ulster County Community College Foundation Board. In 2008 he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame as a distinguished alumnus for his commitment to excellence at SUNY Ulster. His memory will live on thru his wife of 42 years Diane Battaglia Blakely, whom he married on June 3, 1972; his son, David P. Blakely and his wife Heather of Hurley; his daughter, Christina Blakely Agar and her husband Michael of Saugerties; three grandchildren, Paige Blakely, Shannan and Kylie Agar; his sisters, Jean Woitasek of Hurley, Gloria Zimmerman and her husband Ralph of Hurley, Judy Gaidies and her husband Peter of Stone Ridge, Susan Cutrone and her husband John of Ulster Park, Deborah Golestani and her husband John of Staatsburg, and Beth (Tammy) Bonestell and her husband Paul of Chichester; sister-in-law, Brenda Battaglia Brown and her husband Daniel of Vestal; mother-in-law, Helen Battaglia of Hurley, wife of the late Philip J. Battaglia; and several nieces and nephews. David will be reposing at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave, Kingston, on Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral procession will form from the funeral home on Thursday at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Wall Street Kingston. Interment will follow in Hurley Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Kevin E. Zimmerman Memorial Music Scholarship care of the Ulster County Community College Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 557, Stone Ridge, N.Y., 12484. Online condolences may be sent to the family of David by visiting www.SimpsonGaus.com
Published in the Daily Freeman on July 22, 2014
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