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Errol Groff
12-27-2009, 12:59 PM
If you did not know already Ray HasBrouck passed away on Saturday 26 December. Thank you Ron Ginger for passing on that sad news. Follows is the obituary that appeared in Sunday 27 December 2009 Poughkeepsie Journal. I plan on going to the funeral on Wednesday 30 December 2009. If anyone would like to meet up somewhere on the way that would be nice. I, of course, will be coming from eastern CT. probably on I84 over the Newburgh bridge and up I87 to New Paltz.

Raymond Francis HasBrouck
NEW PALTZ Raymond Francis HasBrouck, age 88, of New Paltz died Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Benedictine Hospital, Kingston. Known to family and childhood friends as "Frannie", Ray was born at home in New Paltz to the late Grace Ferris HasBrouck and the late Raymond Morton HasBrouck on March 2, 1921. Throughout his life, his permanent residence would never be more than 3 miles from his childhood home. Together with his five siblings, he experienced the small town life of farming, the family florist business, and weathering the Great Depression. He was an adventurous youth, and, in 1941, at the age of 20, he rode his 1932 Harley Davidson motorcycle from New Paltz to the western U.S. and back, recording his trip through photos and text in his journal. He went as far as Salt Lake City and the Grand Canyon covering 6000 miles in 22 days and riding through 14 different states. His interest in motorcycling continued throughout his life; he rode a Honda CB 350 for many years, and purchased one of the first Can AM Spyder 3-wheeled Trikes, which he rode up until November 2009. In 1942, wartime found Ensign Raymond F. HasBrouck in the Engineering Division of the US Merchant Marines, Kings Point Academy, where he earned the Scholastic Award for cadets with the highest academic record. After earning his engineers license for both diesel and steam ships he served at the officer's rank of lieutenant on 5 different liberty ships, most often in the capacity of second assistant engineer. Near the end of his active duty, Raymond and his bride, Annie Katrina Christensen joined in holy matrimony on February 10, 1945 at the New Paltz United Methodist Church during one of the fiercest area blizzards on record. Following the war, he worked two years for the HasBrouck Florist, the family business in New Paltz, until beginning his career with IBM as Design Engineer. This career gave him the opportunity to travel as far as Boulder, Colorado and even the Netherlands, wherever his experience was need. Raymond (he was "Ray" HasBrouck at work, and, subsequently to his steam buddies and other folks) retired in 1983, after 35 years with IBM, and enjoyed years filled with travel, engineering hobbies, home maintenance, motorcycling, and continuation of his civic responsibilities, serving on both the town zoning and planning boards of New Paltz, and the board of trustees for the Elting Memorial Library. Ray was a lifelong lay leader at the New Paltz United Methodist Church, where he will be sorely missed for his tireless commitment and generosity to church organizations. He was also active in numerous steam and model engineering organizations, and continued to design engines of various sizes and to market plans for them worldwide. He traveled regularly to meet with other modeling and engineering enthusiasts and exhibit his engines. In 1984, Ray built "Tinkertoy", a steampowered 14 foot canoe, which boasted a steam engine and boiler of his won creation- on which he sailed often with his wife, Annie, on many lakes and rivers of the Northeast. He even designed and built a steampowered bicycle, and built the first, accurate, working replica of the engine that powered the Civil War iron clad ship, the Monitor. When Annie was stricken with Alzheimer's disease, Ray shouldered the burdens of caregiver for several years, and later visited her daily, for nearly 11 years, in Montgomery Nursing Home. Throughout her illness, he cared for her constantly, and proudly used his life's savings to finance every bit of her care. Ray was diverse and uniquely intelligent individual whose integrity and commitment have given his surviving friends and family powerful memories of a fine man. He is survived by a daughter, Karen and her husband Thomas Hubert of Rhinebeck, NY; Son, Brian and His wife Mari Wittek HasBrouck of Laurel, MD; Granddaughter, Lisa Sheyon and her husband Tim Farkas of Poughkeepsie, NY; Grandson, Adam Jamal serving in the US Marine Corp. Besides being predeceased by his wife, he is predeceased by: a daughter, Ellen Mary HasBrouck, a brother, Forrest HasBrouck, and three sisters, Elizabeth Newkirk, Grace Graham, Mary Jane Thorley, Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY. The funeral will be Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 11:30am at New Paltz United Methodist Church, 1 Grove St., New Paltz with Rev. Dorothy Caldwell officiating. Burial will follow in Lloyd Cemetery, Highland. Funeral Arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. (845)2551212. If anyone wishes to express condolences online please go to http://www.copelandfhnp.com/

12-27-2009, 01:11 PM
He seems to have lived his life to the fullest and must have enjoyed all of it he could. May he rest in peace and not be forgotten.

oil mac
12-27-2009, 06:21 PM
Ray Hasbrouck, must have had from his early age that spark of mechanical genius, born into him, and only God given, Over here on my side of the pond, i know at least three different builders, constructing engines to his drawings, And very fine, are the ideas, he incorporated into his designs, The world is poorer every time craftsmen of his ilk leave us.