Dean H. Knox


Dean H. Knox of Ghent passed away April 18, 2021 at Albany Medical Center, born July 5, 1958 in Great Barrington MA. he was the son of the late Charles and Jane (Grube) Knox.

Dean was in the class of 76 at Taconic Hills and graduated form SUNY Morrisville Ag and Tech with a degree in Natural Resources Conservation in 1978. He went on to become the head of engineering at Columbia County Department of Public Works, working there for forty two years. He was an avid Yankee, Valley Cats, NY Rangers and Giant fan. He enjoyed traveling to Maine often and exploring new places. He truly loved spending time with family and close friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Rose (Montanino), his daughter Ashley (Eric) Schaible and his grandson Bodie along with nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family welcomes donations to establish a bench in Dean’s honor on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, in lieu of flowers. The Go Fund Me page can be found at ( or by searching for ”Dean Knox Harlem Valley Rail Trail Bench Memorial on the Go Fund Me website.

Funeral services will be at the United Methodist Church of Philmont on Wednesday, April 28th at 11am. Condolences may be conveyed at

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(1) comment

Give me a break

It’s not every day that the county loses a person with the intelligence and kindness of Dean Knox. It would be nice if the RS would do an article about Dean since he was a public figure. The loss of Dean is a loss for everyone in Columbia County, not just those who knew him.

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