Stanley ‘Mackey’ Budney
Stanley “Mackey” Budney, age 88, of Cold Spring, has died after a battle with cancer for over a year, at home, on June 11, 2013.
Born in Cold Spring on November 12, 1924, he was the son of Josephine Wienczkowski and Maryan Budney.
At age 16 Mackey had his first job with the River Stone Corporation and from there went on to work for Cold Spring Dye and Processing for 17 years until it closed. After working for Joseph Percacciolo and Sons Construction, he spent 27 years as grounds keeper and driver at Haldane School, retiring in 1986.
Stanley, better known as Mackey, was a member of the Cold Spring Fire Company #1 for 68 years and, rising through the ranks, became Fire Chief from 1968 to 1970. He was on the Board of Governors for 34 years and had been on its financial and fundraising committees. He also initiated an education program in fire prevention for local school children. In 1997 he received the Firefighter of the Year award.
He was a long time member of the Philipstown Democratic Club and Committee and was custodian of the Philipstown voting machines for over 50 years. He received the Putnam Honors Award, its own citation.
He had helped the community with waterfront activities as well as rescuing people from the Hudson River. Mackey was always there to help out in the community and in the past several years he had done the snow blowing on both sides of the street where he lived, for his neighbors.
He attended Haldane School and played football, continuing to play for the Haldane Alumni.
Mackey enjoyed the Hudson River, where he lived near from childhood. Throughout his lifetime the riverfront was one of his favorite places to be. He would be seen sitting on his rocking chair, on the front porch of his home, conversing with everyone passing by.
His hobbies were making wind chimes, building birdhouses, bird watching, and he loved counting the airplanes in the sky. He would make anything function by using his inventive mind.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Wright) Budney. They were married on June 30th, 1951, in Garrison. He is also survived by three daughters; Catherine “Cathy” and John Greenough of Cold Spring, Mary Jo and Peter Knapp of Fishkill, and Denise and Byron Brewer of Brewster; five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his twin brother, Edward, and three additional brothers, William, Chester, and Frank, as well as four sisters, Olga, Helen, Josephine, and Wanda.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, June 15th, 2013, at 10a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair Street, Cold Spring, followed by interment in Cold Spring Cemetery. Friends called at the Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott Street (corner of Parrott and Pine Sts) on Friday, June 14th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cold Spring Fire Co. #1, 154 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516.