Beacon – Gerald Francis McElduff, a lifelong Beacon resident, passed away peacefully at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Beekman on Monday, August 14th.
He was born in Beacon on July 2, 1929. He was the son of Mary Bree and Michael Hugh McElduff. On June 21, 1958 he married the love of his life, Anita Kelly, whom he cherished for his entire married life and with whom he is happily reunited.
He is survived by his children, son Gerald and wife Mary (Havens) McElduff, daughter Maureen and husband Kevin Mullaney and son, Edward McElduff. He was Poppy to his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Sean McElduff and wife Allyson and their son Kellan, Eileen and Patrick McElduff, Kathleen and Madeline Mullaney, Michael McElduff and wife Michelle and their daughter Nora, Danielle Raheem and husband Abdool, Aidan and Lauren McElduff.
Jerry loved his family, loved being Irish and especially, loved Beacon. He graduated from Beacon High School and studied engineering at Syracuse University and Manhattan College. He worked at Central Hudson as a lineman and then proudly served in the U.S. Army in Korea on the wire team running communication lines between the front line and headquarters. When he returned from service, he worked building houses in Beacon. In 1960, Jerry began his career in Engineering at IBM Poughkeepsie where he remained until his retirement in 1991. He was a proud member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Beacon Elks Club. He was also a member of Southern Dutchess Country Club, where he first asked out his wife, Anita. They enjoyed their time at the Club with their children, relatives and friends their entire lives and had a special fondness for those that worked there in recent years.
He is also survived by sisters, Anne Schultz and Kate Huber, brother John McElduff and wife Suzanne, and sister-in-law Virginia and husband Richard Wagner and many nephews, nieces and extended family members. He was predeceased by his wife Anita, brothers Mike, Pat and Danny, sister Mary Browne, sisters-in-law Peggy, Ursula, Ann McElduff, Kate Dettloff, Margaret Ruf, and brothers-in-law Paul Dettloff, Gene Huber, Jim Browne and Bill Schultz.
He touched the lives of all he met with his kindness, calmness and caring spirit. He loved doing crossword puzzles, he loved the beach, especially Long Beach Island, NJ where he shared many great memories with his family. He was a fan of the NY Giants, NY Yankees and any team his children and grandchildren played on. He was one of a kind and he will be sorely missed by all who loved him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 31 Willow Street, Beacon. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joachim Cemetery, 325 Washington Avenue, Beacon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Volunteer Ambulance or St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Church.
The family would like to give special thanks to his Hospice Nurse, Cassandra, his home health aide, Sarah Sheehy and his Hospice aide Susan, and the staff at Mid Hudson Regional Hospital for all the care they have shown him over this year.
To send a personal condolence please visit www.halveyfh.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Peter T. and Patrick J. Halvey of Halvey Funeral Home, Inc.