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Philip H. Bunting

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Bunting, Philip H. MIDDLE GROVE Philip H. Bunting, 74, of Middle Grove, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 31, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born in Kingston, N.Y., July 13, 1938 to Maude and Harold Bunting. Philip was a graduate of the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College with a B.A. and M.A. Philip began his teaching career in North Colonie Schools then transferred to Ballston Spa Middle School as department chairman in the 1970s. During his tenure in Ballston Spa Schools, he was the original musical director of the Troupe, the high school drama group. Phil also led the high school marching band, mentored NYSSMA performances and even led a student jug band. He directed Triune Musicals and the Schenectady Light Opera Company, as well as musicals at Shaker High School and Ballston Spa Middle and High School. Philip continued to perform saxophone and piano after his retirement as a soloist and with friends. He was a composer who wrote for piano, clarinet and flute. Outside of teaching, he was an avid photographer, as well as a model railroad hobbyist and cyclist. He had his radio operator license and sent Morse code messages across the world as fast as a professional. Philip was a beloved father and grandfather whose love of music and photography was passed on to his family. Philip is survived by his daughters, Susan Olszewski and her husband Peter of Rock City Falls and Karen Wolsey of Ballston Spa; his five beloved grandchildren, Danielle Gardner, Jennifer Gardner, Skyler Wolsey, Jesse Wolsey and Noelle Olszewski; brother, Richard Bunting of Bainbridge, N.Y. and three nieces. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, January 5, at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High St., Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 4 from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Interment will be private in the Christ Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Philip H. Bunting Memorial Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Trustco Bank, 2 Trieble Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at
Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 3, 2013