CORINTH -- Ralph J. Bourdeau Jr., 74, of Butler Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at his home following a long illness.
Born Feb. 20, 1938, in Corinth, he was the son of the late Ralph Sr. and Lulu Belle (Eastwood) Bourdeau.
Ralph attended Corinth High School.
He married Edna (Hill) Stockwell on Oct. 10, 1998, and the couple has resided in Corinth for several years.
Ralph was employed at Fenton Dairy, Corinth Oneida Market and International Paper Co. in Corinth. He then worked for Saratoga County at the Homestead Infirmary in Barkersville and then at Saratoga Co. Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa until his retirement in 1997.
He was a member of the Adirondack Bluegrass League for many years and the National Rifle Association and the North American Hunters Club.
Ralph was an avid NASCAR fan, following No. 3 Dale Earnhart Sr.’s career from day one, right up to Dale’s death. Then, he followed Dale Earnhart Jr., No. 8 and No. 88, to the present day.
He loved gardening, sharing his vegetables with family, friends and neighbors, carpentry and woodworking, bluegrass music and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his time in the woods hunting, and fishing on the banks of the Kaydeross Creek and Schroon River.
Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by one son, Richard J. Stockwell; his father-in-law, Edward M. Hill; brother-in-laws, Donald Elder, Robert Butler and Charles Christopherson; and sister-in-law, Sharon Bourdeau; and a special niece, Konie Thieverge.
Survivors include his wife and best friend of 23 years, Edna Jean (Hill) Bourdeau of Corinth; four children, Sherry Lynn Barnaby of Queensbury, Lisa Renee Webster and her husband, Timothy, of Queensbury, and Michael Bourdeau of Corinth; a son-in-law, Christopher Barnaby of Queensbury; mother-in-law, Gloria B. Hill of Galway; two sisters, Rose Butler of Corinth and Rita Elder of Corinth; three brothers, Willard Bourdeau of Hadley, Raymond Bourdeau and his wife, Anne, of Lake Luzerne and George Bourdeau and his wife, Joanne, of Queensbury; grandchildren, Marc Dragon of Lake Luzerne, Alex Dragon of Queensbury, Hailey Barnaby of Queensbury, Mary Alice Kent (Phil) of Queensbury, Lauren Monsour (Dave) of Queensbury, Eric Mosher of Corinth, Zachary Bourdeau of Corinth and Jordan Webster(Christina) of Warrensburg; great-grandchildren, Andrew Barnaby, Lexianne Kent, Anabelle May Barnaby, and Ava Parker Monsour; the mother of Sherry, Lisa and Mike, Lorraine Bourdeau of Queensbury; a very special friend, Pat Senecal; a special uncle, Willard Eastwood; many nieces, nephews, cousins, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws and his extended Bluegrass family, who were always there for him and provided love and support.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Densmore Funeral Home Inc., 7 Sherman Ave., Corinth, with Lane Schermerhorn officiating.
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corinth.
Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the funeral home, before the service.
The family wishes to thank the following for their care and compassion shown to Ralph and his family during his illness: Dr. Richard W. Pitkin and staff (Carol, Rita and Denise), Dr. Michael T. Lieberth and his Baywood Surgical Associates and Lisa, Kim, Chris and Andrea; Dr. Eric Pillemer, Donna Boss, RPA-C, Dr. James Yovanoff, Dr. Kevin Herlihy, the C.R. Wood Cancer Center (nurses and staff), Dr. Vincent Cooper, Dr. Michael Layden, Dr. Roger Brassel, Community Hospice of Saratoga, Glens Falls Hospital (the staffs of 4 West and Tower 2 Onocolgy Unit), Barbara Trottier, the extended bluegrass family of ABL, and all our wonderful family, friends and neighbors. We could not have made it through this battle without their love, support, prayers and determination.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to Adirondack Bluegrass League Inc., P.O. Box 301, Corinth, NY 12822; C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801; Jessup’s Landing Emergency Squad, 600 Palmer Ave., Corinth, NY 12822; Corinth Volunteer Fire Department, Saratoga Avenue, Corinth, NY, 12822; Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or to the charity of one’s choice.