David Oliver Perry

David Oliver Perry passed away on January 7th at Ghent Nursing and Rehab, of natural causes.

Born Aug 5, 1933 to Adelaide (D’Ornellas) and David O. Perry. He was raised by his step father, James Delsignore, whom he admired deeply. During his childhood David lived in Troy, Watervliet, and Hopewell, VA and graduated from Troy High and Hudson Valley CC.

He served in the US Army 1953-1955, spending most of his enlistment at Augsburg, West Germany. David was able to see most of Europe, with his twin brother and best friend, Leslie. But he fell in love with Italy, returning there three times. Corporal Perry was awarded the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army Overseas Medal (Germany).

During his early career days he worked for Honeywell and Xerox and married his wife Shirley (Almstead) Perry in 1958. In 1960 he began working for NYS Department of Mental Hygiene in Albany where he would remain until retirement. After several years living in Coeymans Hollow, NY they relocated to the Philmont/Mellenville area with their 2 children in 1968. Dave quickly became an active member of the community. One of his first purchases upon building their home was a farm tractor which he used to move things about his property and open his neighbors driveways from the snowplow wall after storms before heading off to Albany for work.

One of his favorite life-long activities was participating in drum corps. He was a member of the Troy Grenadiers as a young man, as a drummer; and later helped to create the drum line for the Philmont Fire Company. David was a member of the 2nd Reformed Church of Claverack, located in Philmont, NY. He was a member of the Consistory, an Elder, and taught the High School sunday school class. He often filled in for the pastors on their vacations for Sunday services. He was also a proud member and past commander of the American Legion Minkler-Seery Post 252 also in Philmont where he rarely missed a Thursday Bingo night, or a Memorial Day Parade until he lost his mobility. He enjoyed representing the American Legion at public events awarding scholarships and donations to various organizations. He also was the unofficial village television repairman until they became disposable items, when he then progressed with the times and became the unofficial village computer guy, setting up home computer systems for people tailored for their needs. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s he volunteered to be a part of research on the disease at the University of Rochester for several years.

David loved reading, movies, using the internet, spending time with his grandchildren, tinkering on anything from cars to computers, and serving his community. Many will remember him as a regular at the Stewarts in Philmont, getting his coffee and scratch offs, and catching up on all the news with the other retired gentlemen in town.

Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca (Chip) Martin of Cairo, a son, Aaron (Christine) Perry of Greenport, a sister, Lonee Goins of Washington state; grandchildren Tyler Perry, Kylie Weaver, Carolyn Weaver, Ian Perry and Carson Weaver; great-grandsons Kenneth Krapf III and Ashton Krapf; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Shirley, his twin brother Leslie, siblings Robert, Ruth Maccagnano, and grandson Bradley Weaver.

There will be a service in the spring in better times.

Donations can be made to Salvation Army 40 South Third Street, PO Box 746, Hudson, NY

12534-0746; the Columbia Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534, or a donation for Parkinson’s research at michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

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