It is with sadness on everyone’s behalf that the loved ones of Christopher Aderholdt let you know of his passing on December 23, 2020 after a brief illness. Although our hearts are broken, we choose to concentrate on the life lived by one of the nicest guys we have ever known.
Chris was, first and foremost, a man of honor, integrity and decency – who was honest to a fault, fair, funny as hell, loving, friendly, calm, steady and stubborn. He spent his entire adult life in service to others – as a police officer, then as an evidence detective with the Town of Poughkeepsie and in the last decade of his life teaching (a job he adored) both as a police instructor with the Ulster County police academy and an adjunct professor at SUNY Ulster. In addition he was a volunteer firefighter and photographer with Becraft Pumper Company, a Detective with the Village of Red Hook, and he was an integral part of the Columbia County Photo Club. He was a happy, friendly, helpful guy – but who also had an amazingly smart analytical mind, a spot-on ability to judge character and the ability to discern dishonesty from miles away. We who love him will miss him dearly.
When we remember him, it should be with that sparkle in his blue eyes and the crinkle of those laugh lines – with his outrageous sense of humor he was almost always laughing, just finished laughing or was about to laugh, bringing us along with him as he found humor in everything and brought a much-needed lightness to those around him.
But most of all, he was a nice guy with a sense of honor and compassion. He retired from a police job he loved and missed terribly because of political favoritism he was never willing to participate in, since he was at his heart a fair and honest guy. He taught new police recruits technical information – arrest processing, crime scene investigations but also showed by example how to do the job with ethics and empathy. He worked with aspiring photographers, mentoring photo-loving people on the technical aspects of photography that were made to be understandable and comprehensible. He made time for everyone who crossed his path, making them feel valued regardless of age, social status or disability.
Chris is loved and remembered by those he left behind: the love of his life Maureen who was so fortunate to have him for the nearly 33 years they were together, his beloved rescue cats Bigfoot, Bert and Divot (to which he was, ironically, wildly allergic), and his brother Ron Aderholdt and sister Debbie Droz. In addition to those with shared DNA and legal agreements, he is also survived by his best childhood buddy Eric Petty and his ‘brother from another mother” Ray Poluzzi, Ray’s wife Jill Poluzzi and his treasured “Girls” - Kaitlyn and Christine Poluzzi who he loved with his whole heart. In addition, he has Aderholdt and O’Brien in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews who left a stamp of love on him.
Chris goes off to meet loved ones who left before him – our beloved cats Alpine, Eight and (most of all) Plankton as well as his dog, Odie the Keeshond. Also preceding him were his parents Ron Sr. and Eleanor Aderholdt and his mother-in-law Roberta O’Brien.
Because of COVID and Chris’ often-stated desire to have people remember him as he was, there will not be formal funeral services or a wake. Sometime in the Spring or Summer 2021, once COVID is contained, his family will have a celebration of his life where family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who loved and liked him can come together to honor him and remember him with the love and humor that was such an integral part of him.
“Til we see each other again, my love, my Rabbit – Reen.”
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H., Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com