Kevin R. McElduff
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Beacon - Kevin Robert McElduff, 62, a lifelong Beacon resident, passed away peacefully in his home on March 24, 2013. Kevin battled colon cancer seven years ago and liver cancer for this past year. Over the last few weeks, Kevin was lovingly cared for by his courageous wife, Lynn, his extensive family, many friends and Hospice.
Kevin married Lynn Bartenstein on September 16, 1972. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last fall. Together they vacationed on Long Beach Island and camped with family and friends. They truly loved entertaining at their home and in their yard and were proud to be native Beaconites. They also organized many unforgettable bus trips to Saratoga Racetrack.
A graduate of Beacon High School, Kevin was employed by the City of Beacon for over 40 years, working in many Beacon departments with his final assignment and loyalty to Beacon's Water Department. He retired in January 2010.
Kevin was an avid collector of unique and unusual things. As a young man he owned many cars, including reproductions of Daytona 500 pace cars. He loved everything Irish and McElduff. He collected pictures, news clippings and family memorabilia. He had bumper stickers made to share and show his Irish pride. He was a dedicated Red Sox fan in Yankee territory. He loved to organize parties and events and he could singlehandedly fill St. Rocco's Italian Night with tables full of Irishmen.
A lifetime member of St. Rocco's Society and W.H. Mase Hook & Ladder, Kevin was also a member of Knights of Columbus 445 Council and a social member of Lewis Tompkins Hose.
Born on January 29, 1951, Kevin was the son of Michael T. McElduff and the late Margaret (Peggy) Coughlin McElduff. In addition Kevin was predeceased by Anne (Aunt Shorty) Coughlin McElduff, his stepmother.
The love that Kevin spread so freely will be missed by his siblings Michael McElduff and fiancé, Terry Wallace, Charlotte, NC; Tim McElduff and partner, Mary Ellen Gertin, Webster, NY; Mary and Willie Vassalo, Fishkill; Jane McElduff, Hopewell Junction; Maggie and Marty McCann, Hopewell Junction; Sheila and Joe Bertolozzi, Beacon; Kathleen Lyons, Fishkill, Tricia and Steve Rothberg, Beacon; Sean and Lori McElduff, Wappingers Falls; Bridget and Gus Antalek, Beacon; his step sisters, Mary Ann Zinney, Marlboro; Barbara Coughlin, Poughkeepsie; his sisters-in-law Donna McElduff, Vernon, CT; Mary Margaret McElduff, Pittsford, NY; his brothers-in-law Cyril Mansperger, Beacon; and Paul Lyons, Beacon.
Kevin will also be truly missed by Lynn's sister Barbara and her husband Gary Kirkup, Poughkeepsie.
Kevin was an incredibly loving and giving person who cared deeply. All of the people in his life are what truly mattered to him. He will be greatly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, godchildren, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, grand cousins, and many, many family friends, friend's kids and friend's kid's kids.
A Mass of Kevin's Life Celebration will be held on Friday, April 5th at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 31 Willow Street, Beacon.
Interment will take place privately in advance of his life celebration.
Kevin's family would like to thank the staff of Hospice for their compassion and care over the past few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kevin's memory to either Hospice of Dutchess, 374 Violet Ave.,
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601 or to Dutchess County
, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 12601.
To send the family a personal condolence please visit www.halveyfh.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the supervision of Peter T. and Patrick J. Halvey.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2013