February 17, 1944 — December 4, 2018
SCHUYLERVILLE — Henry J. Moak, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 4, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital. Henry was the son of the late Adelbert H. and Dorothy (Mitchell) Moak.
Henry was born at Saratoga Hospital on Feb. 17, 1944. He grew up on the family’s farm in Bacon Hill, where he owned over 50 cows through his 4-H and FFA programs. He attended Schuylerville Central High, where he played football and wrestled.
In 1963, at the age of 17, Henry purchased an Allis Chalmers dealership from Arnold Johansen and moved it to his home in Bacon Hill. He married Kathleen Woodard at the First Methodist Church in Corinth, New York, on Nov. 8, 1964. Together, they grew the dealership, Henry’s Farm Equipment, into one of the top Allis Chalmers hay and forage dealerships in the U.S. His business was one of the first in the area to offer workshops in farm mechanics to the area’s 4-H farm youth. He supported the county fairs, tractor pulls and the NYTPA. In 1972, he won every dealer class at the Saratoga County Fair tractor pull, with his Allis Chalmers 220. During this time he also worked part time at the Saratoga Springs Police Department, S&T Paper mill, and drove school bus for Schuylerville schools.
During the 1970s, after the Allis Chalmers dealership closed, Henry built and operated a saw mill. He then eventually began his own trucking business, Henry J. Moak & Son Trucking. In 1977, he purchased his first new truck, an F model Mack, which was his pride and joy. His trucking company ran five tractor-trailers from Montreal to Florida. During the 1980s, Henry worked alongside Azcon Corp. dismantling railroad tracks, which led him into the business of selling railroad ties and scrapping railroad cars throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.
Henry’s idea of retirement was to build his own auction barn. In 1992, he and his family built the auction barn on Bacon Hill and opened Town & Country Auction in 1993, 25 years ago. Henry loved auctions and animals, and he had a gift for selling. It fit. So his life was very active. He was known as a hard worker, a good man. He would help anyone if he could. He could fix most anything. He continued his love of AC tractors and passed it on to his son and grandson. He will be missed by many.
He was predeceased by his father, Adelbert H. Moak, and mother, Dorothy Mitchell Moak; his stepfather, Gerald Goff; his sister, Audrey Peregrim Booth; infant sister, Karen A. Moak; grandson, Geoffrey L. Stutz; and in-laws, Mary (Truman) Fuller of Corinth, Janet (Ron) Kennedy of Arizona and David Woodard of Corinth.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Kathleen Moak; daughter, Sharon (Jason) Gilbert of Greenwich, New York; daughter, Karen Belch of Michigan; son, Adelbert (Del) Moak and Jennifer Roarke; grandson, Henry J. Moak and Hanna Rudinger of Schuylerville, New York; granddaughter, Victoria Fullbright and Zach Behnke of Battle Creek, Michigan; and granddaughter, Jacqueline Belch of Michigan; two great-grandsons, Drey and Luke of Battle Creek Michigan; in-laws, Dorothy DeFoe of Arizona, Joyce Wheeler of Day, Audrey Sutliff of Hadley, Edward Woodard and his wife, Joyce, of Greenfield Center, and John Woodard and his wife, Maryanne, of Corinth; and sister-in-law, Carlie Woodard of Corinth.
The family will have a celebration of Henry’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the auction barn, Town & Country Auction, 457 Route 32N, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Everyone is invited.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier, 4281 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.