Derry J. Dubetsky

Derry J. Dubetsky

Wappingers Falls - Derry Jay Dubetsky, 79, of Wappingers Falls, passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2013.

Derry was born June 26, 1934 in Cold Spring. He was the son of the late Anthony J. and Maytie Hawks Dubetsky. He was a Beacon resident until 1976. On September 25, 1976, he married Eleanor M. Bonsel at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fishkill. Mrs. Dubetsky survives at home.

Derry graduated from Beacon High School in 1951 and then attended Dutchess Community College. He joined Texaco in Glenham shortly after graduation and worked there until his induction into the Army Reserves in 1953. He served at Fort Lee and Fort Belvoir until his honorable discharge in 1955. Derry returned to Texaco and worked in the labs there until 1960. He then joined IBM in Poughkeepsie as a technician in ferrite cores and subsequently made his way to IBM in East Fishkill where he worked until his retirement 25 years later, in 1987. While at IBM, he was first promoted to Senior Technician and then into the Engineering ranks in MLC Packaging. He became an expert in the ceramic sintering field and through his efforts was promoted to Senior Engineer. He was a mentor to many young engineers. He was the holder of 6 inventions and several Outstanding Achievement awards. After retirement from IBM he served as a Consulting Engineer at Alcoa Electronics in San Diego for 2 years and then for MPM Packaging in Singapore and Fishkill for 2 years.

In addition to his wife, Eleanor, Derry is survived by his 3 sons and their families, Matt of Beacon, Keith (Pamela) of Bristow, VA and Christopher (Beth) of Cortland; his grandchildren, Kati Rose and Cory (Matt); Sam, Olivia and Louis (Keith); Reagan and Daniel (Christopher); his sister, Dorinda (Joe) Sheveck and nephews, Jay (Vicki) and Joel Sheveck.

In addition to his parents, Derry was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Byron and Helen Bonsel and his first wife, Mary Stacklum.

In his youth Derry was a Boy Scout, earned many merit badges and enjoyed his time at Camp Nooteeming, NY. As a young man, he took interest in helping raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy and organized many fund raising activities for families, donating the proceeds to the MD foundation.

Derry was a life member of the Elks Club and a life member of Mase Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Beacon. He had a great interest in history, specializing in Beacon history and the Civil War. He was a member of the Beacon Historical Society and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and was always eager to share his knowledge with anyone that was interested.

Derry and Ellie (Eleanor) enjoyed travel and in addition to work-related travel, took many trips to the Scandinavian countries, Austria, Belize and Peru. In the U.S., the Northwest and the Southwest, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania were frequent destinations. Many trips involved visits to Civil War battlefields.

Derry took great pride in his yard and his front yard was admired by many. He loved flowers and he was always planning where to put the next flower bed. He liked watching birds and arranged many feeders so they were easily visible. He enjoyed woodworking and always had a project in process. In past years Derry and Ellie put up a Dickens Christmas Village that fully utilized the living and dining rooms with trains and unique lighting. Derry's creative mind and talent with his hands made his home and yard a pleasant place to live. He was also a member of the Walkway Over the Hudson and crossed the bridge many times.

At Derry's request, his remains have been cremated and there will be no calling hours. Burial will take place in the spring at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. A Celebration of His Life will be held in early January 2014. Ellie and family ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to either the Beacon Historical Society, P.O. Box 89, Beacon, New York 12508 or to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, New York 12538.

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Funeral arrangements are under the supervision of Peter T. and Patrick J. Halvey.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2013