Owen, Victor Frederick ORLANDO, Fla. Victor Frederick Owen resting with the God of love, the great "I AM" on May 23, 2013 at Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs, Fla. Born on January 1, 1942, Victor was that year's first newborn in Dutchess County. He was the only child of Victor Van Ness and Edna (Buck) Owen. Mr. Owen graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Immaculate Conception Seminary College (ICSC) in Troy with degrees in music education, philosophy, psychology, and a master's degree. He was a music teacher in many school districts and on the faculty of ICSC. He was choir director at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in East Greenbush. Upon retiring from teaching in 1980, Vic was on the marketing team at Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in San Francisco until 1986 when he relocated to Orlando to manage a grant in neo-natal care for the University of Florida Graduate School of Nursing. In 1990 he transferred to the University of Central Florida (UCF) as human resources officer for the library system. He retired in 2000. He sat on condominium boards both in East Greenbush and San Francisco. He was a contributor to the Democratic Party, the Human Rights Campaign, several LGBT groups as well as the ACLU. He was pursuing his new career as a motivational speaker and life coach. An avid reader and writer, he was an active member and contributor of an online global spiritualist discussion group. He was a great lover and owner of animals and was known for his "Owenisms," playing with words to create laughter for all. Victor is survived by his life partner of 43 years, Gino O. Grossi, to whom he was completely committed and devoted. Other survivors include an uncle, Frank Galgana of Clarksville; many cousins including Mary (John) McVeigh Nevins of Hopewell Junction; Vic's life partner's sisters, Frances (Victor) Carrk of Slingerlands, Yvette (Stephen) Terplak of Altamont, and Olivetta (Thomas) Rotello of Ocala, Fla., and many nieces and nephews. Special women survive him including his music teacher, Dora "Dody" Simons of Wappingers Falls and a mentor and colleague, Anne Marie Allison of Charlotte, N.C. A memorial Mass will be celebrated today, June 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Church in Altamont. Reception follows at the parish center. Online messages of remembrance and condolence may be posted through the timesunion.com obituary page. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Vic's memory will be gratefully accepted by Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 or securely at comforterfoundation.org.
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Published in Albany Times Union on June 15, 2013