2004-10-20 / Obituaries

Charles Richard ‘Red’ Thorpe

Charles Richard ‘Red’ Thorpe, 76, a resident of Staatsburg since 1961 and formerly of Cold Spring, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at home.

Most recently, he was an area businessman, instrumental in the formation of TNT Furniture Strippers, where he managed their lamp and brass division. Previously, he was a wholesale lumber salesman for A.C. Dutton Lumber in Poughkeepsie, retiring in 1975.

He was a life member and past chief of Nelsonville Fire Company; belonged to numerous firematic organizations, including the Elmendorf Committee and Putnam County Fire Chief Association, belonged to the committee that sponsored the fireman’s blue light law; former cubmaster with Cub Scouts Pack #38 in Staatsburg; former chairman of the Hyde Park Democratic Committee; Dutchess County Democratic committeeman, Hyde Park Town Councilman from 1971 to 1973, charter member of the Hyde Park Elks Club, secretary for both the Hyde Park Elks and the Poughkeepsie Moose Lodge; and served on the Hyde Park Zoning Board of Appeals.

One of his proudest moments was being the honorary speaker at the Hyde Park Memorial Day services as a non-veteran.

He was an avid New York Yankee fan and collector of political memorabilia, especially presidential campaign buttons.

His greatest joy in life, besides his wife, was his children and grandchildren. He always enjoyed a family project, and thrived on restoring older homes and helping or watching his children carry on his knowledge and restoring their own homes.

He was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Born in Cold Spring on October 7, 1927, he was the son of Charles Henry and Alice McElrath Thorpe.

He was a graduate of Haldane High School, Class of 1946.

In 1951, he married Jean C. Lewis in Kingston. Mrs. Thorpe survives at home.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters, Kathleen Tompkins and husband, Jeff of Staatsburg, and Maureen Tanner and husband, Rich of Staatsburg, four sons, Richard Thorpe and wife, Jackie of New Paltz, Russell Thorpe and wife, Susan of Kingston, Gerald Thorpe and wife, Carla of Staatsburg, and Jeffrey Thorpe and companion, Colleen of Rotterdam, daughter, Sally Jean Colletti and husband, Joe of Vestal; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and brother, Louis Thorpe and wife, Catherine of Cold Spring, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Marian Thom, Dorothy Virgilio, and Mildred Morgan.

Burial was in the family plot at Cold Spring Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Central New York Autism Society (CNYASA) Inc., Attn: Sally Colletti, P.O. Box 447, Vestal, NY 13850.

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