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Billy Drake
Billy Drake

HUDSON FALLS u Billy Drake, 79, of Farm Way, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at his home.

Born on Oct. 23, 1929, in Yonkers, he was the son of the late Horace T. and Dorothy "Bubs" Williams Drake.

Billy was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y.

Upon completion of high school, he served in the United States Navy on the Destroyer USS Fred T. Berry from 1951 to 1954. While in the Navy, Billy boxed competitively and continued with this sport, following his honorable discharge. In the early '60's he hung up the gloves, got married and raised a family; Billy and Elisabeth "Betty" Alley were married on Jan. 4, 1963. In his 50's and 60's, Billy's competitive streak returned as he took up running, winning more awards than would fit in his home. Billy had a wonderful sense of humor and lived life on his own terms.

Billy was a lifetime National Rifle Association member and an avid Civil War buff; he joined several Civil War associations, including Save the Battlefields.

Unfortunately, after his retirement, Betty passed away. Billy's next chapter took place in Fort Edward, where he built a new home and resided until his passing.

In addition to his parents and wife, Billy was predeceased by his brother, Horace G. "Boy" Drake and his sister, Dorothy "Dot" Drake Little.

Survivors include his three sons and nephew: James T. Drake and daughter, Christen V. of Anaheim, Calif.; William W. Drake of Lincoln Park, Mich.; John G. Drake and his wife, Patricie, of Peekskill, N.Y.; and James S. MacKaye and his wife, Marie, of Chesapeake, Va.

There will be no calling hours.

Burial will be at a later date at Verbank Rural Cemetery in Duchess County.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 959 Route 9, Mount Royal Plaza, Queensbury, NY, 12804.

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