OBITUARIES

October 6, 2017

Irwin Coombs, 87 | Pawling

 

Irwin “Brud” “Coach” Coombs, 87, a lifetime resident of Pawling, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017, at Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY.

 

Born in Pawling on May 9, 1930, he was the son of Irwin and Marion (Ragan, Dillon) Coombs. He served in the United States Army, and on May 16, 1954, he married Ethelwyn “Wynnie” Peck at St. John’s Church, Pawling.

 

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Wynnie, and is survived by his son, Irwin “Bruddie” Coombs III (Robin) of Trumbull, CT; his two daughters, Karen Bardua (Edward) of Pawling and Cheryl Coombs, also of Pawling; grandsons Todd, Chad (Gina), Evan (Trisha), and Andy Bardua, triplet granddaughters, Ashley, Heather (Craig), and Lauren (Garrie); 10 great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Teaghan, Nolan, Jaxon, Corey, Kayla, Payton, Carter, Kali, and Grayson; and his sister, Yvonne Coty of Pawling. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by his sister, Helen Ryan.

 

Brud’s life centered on his family and friends. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren playing sports. He touched the hearts of many through his 34 years of teaching (2 years in Purdys and 32 years in Pawling) and was also a coach (8 years baseball and 20 years football). Brud was named to Who’s Who in American Teaching, Pawling Sports Hall of Fame and Dutchess County Sports Hall of Fame. He was involved in the community as past president of the Pawling Little League, started the Pawling Central School Sports Hall of Fame, and was actively involved in the Dutcher Golf Course, starting a number of Leagues and Tournaments. Brud served as Director of the Summer Recreation Program in Pawling and with his wife, Wynnie, they turned it into a yearly position. He was also an active member of the Pawling American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post and St. John’s Knights of Columbus.

 

The Hasler-Kamp American Legion Post conducted a service at 7:30 p.m. at the Horn & Thomes Funeral Home, 83 E. Main St., Pawling, on Thursday, September 28. A funeral service was conducted at Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home on Friday, September 29, 2017. Burial followed in Quaker Hill Cemetery, Church Road, Pawling.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pawling Tiger Athletic Club in memory of Brud “Coach” Coombs at Pawling High School c/o John Bellucci, 30 Wagner Road, Pawling, NY 12564.

 

 

 

 

Robert Greco, 62 | Holmes

 

Robert Greco, 62, a resident of Holmes, NY, since 1987, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017, at Vassar Bros. Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. 

 

Born in the Bronx on April 8, 1955, he was the son of Richard and Margaret (Hillier) Greco. Bob graduated from Millbrook High School in 1973, and married Diana Pine at the Verbank United Methodist Church on December 10, 1978. He joined the New York State Police (NYSP) on February 20, 1978, and was a Senior Scuba Diver in Troop K and was part of the NYSP Marine patrol until he made Sergeant on August 15, 1991.

 

He also worked in the Peekskill, Brewster, and Hawthorne barracks. 

 

Bob was a member of the Pawling Pistol Club and the Pawling United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Diana, at home; his son, Jesse, of Stormville; and his mother, Margaret Greco, of Brewster. In addition to his family, Bob was surrounded by many good friends. 

 

He is predeceased by his father, Richard, and his sister, Lorraine Greco, who passed away this past February.

 

Calling hours were held at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, on Tuesday, September 12. A funeral service was conducted at the Pawling United Methodist Church, 2 Dutcher Avenue, Pawling, on September 13.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bob may be made to NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30, 120 State Street, Suite 2, Albany, NY 12207; or online at https://signal30.org/donate/; or to Water Without Borders, 10 Cole Road, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. 

 

Bob was surrounded by a large and loving family and had many wonderful friends. He will be missed.

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Green, 79 | Pawling

 

Kathleen P. Green, 79, passed away in Wappingers Falls, NY, on Thursday, September 14, 2017. 

 

A Pawling resident since 1961, she was born in Union City, NJ, on July 25, 1938, to Joseph and Katherine (Mahurter) Prandoni. She married Oliver Wendell “Wick” Green in Winter Park, FL, on June 8, 1959; Wick predeceased Kathy on October 1, 2015.

 

Kathy was a real estate agent for Century 21in Brewster, as well as a Mary Kay cosmetics consultant, and a former library aid at Pawling High School. She was also a past member of St. John’s Church Catholic Daughters of America.

 

She is survived by her son, Stewart Green, and his wife, Lisa, of Mamaroneck, NY; her daughter, Melanie Cassells, and her husband, Gary, of New Milford, CT; two sisters, Claire Fairnington, and her husband, William, of Miami, FL, and Joann Devane of Orlando, FL; five grandchildren, Matthew and Rosemary Green of Mamaroneck, Cathryn Ensley of Greencastle, IN, Andrew Krebs of Newtown, CT, and Evan Cassells of New Milford, CT; and four great-grandchildren, Boyd and Elyse Ensley and Gareth and Charlotte Krebs.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on September 20 at St. John’s Church, Pawling; burial followed in Pawling Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Wick and Kathy Green Scholarship.” Please make checks payable to Stewart J. Green, 314 Hunter Street, Mamaroneck, NY 10543, and write “Scholarship Fund” in the memo. 

 

 

 

 

MacGregor Robinson, 53 | Trinity-Pawling School

 

MacGregor Robinson, 53, died on September 4, Labor Day, at “Mungo Park,” his beloved home in Norfolk, CT, after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver in mid-August. Born February 5, 1964, in nearby Winsted, MacGregor was predeceased by his parents, Hugh Robinson and Isabel “Tibby” (MacGregor) Browne Robinson and his sister, Isabel Browne Driscoll. His survivors include brothers Belmore Browne and James Robinson, sister-in-law Melissa Robinson, niece Ann Robinson and nephews Lars Robinson and Ian Robinson, and legions of loving friends and grateful former students.

 

First and foremost, MacGregor was, in his own words, “a boarding school guy,” starting as a student at Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. After graduation from Princeton University in 1986 and a stint as a reporter for the Lakeville (Conn.) Journal, MacGregor embarked on a 30-year odyssey throughout the independent school world – as an English teacher, administrator, student advisor and housemaster at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, (1989 – 93, 1996 – 99), and then as an admissions professional and student advisor at The Gunnery in Washington Green, CT (1993 – 95), Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, NY (1999-2015), and King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan (2015 – 17). During the 1990’s he also had the honor of working for King Hussein I and Queen Noor of Jordan while tutoring Prince Hashim and working with Prince Hamzah and the Princesses Raiah and Iman.

 

In August, MacGregor returned to Trinity-Pawling as its Director of External Relations. Throughout his career, MacGregor, who also held a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University, traveled far and wide. He was invited into the lives of countless families. He deliberately focused on international admissions, making connections and befriending students and parents the world over. His calling led him to assess and embrace differing cultures while honing the professional art of mentoring with students of varied backgrounds and disparate aspirations. He relished young men and women for who they were and helped them to weave themselves into the fabric of their school community and move on to the global common.

 

Every summer, MacGregor would return to his native Norfolk and head right for the shores of Doolittle Lake.

 

He was a past president and member of the Board of Managers of the Doolittle Club. Well-read, voraciously curious, and possessed with a biting wit, MacGregor was a man of many passions, ranging from California painters to Tchaikovsky, yellow labs to London, cribbage to Christmas, Volvos to leg of lamb. He was intensely devoted to his niece and nephews, whose journeys through life he eagerly followed. MacGregor and his family wish to express eternal gratitude to his lifelong friends for a great journey, and to the people and professionals at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Foothills Visiting Nurse Association for their radical compassion.

 

A memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Chapel, Trinity-Pawling School on Saturday November 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be held in June of 2018 in the family plot in the Doolittle Woods.

 

Donations in MacGregor’s memory may be made to the MacGregor Robinson Endowed Chair for Mentoring at Trinity-Pawling School, in care of Regan LaFontaine, Director of Advancement, Trinity-Pawling School, 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564. See also, online: www.trinitypawling.org/macgregor.

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