Richard ‘Dick’ W. Calderwood
Richard “Dick” W. Calderwood passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 6, 2016. Dick was born June 6, 1930 to the late William and Jenny Calderwood.
Dick graduated from Johnstown High School in 1948. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1948-1952, rising to the rank of S/Sgt. He was a General Electric apprentice graduate and a 33-year employee of General Electric until his retirement in 1991. He was a lifetime member of the Power Generation Professional Employees Association. Dick was very active in many organizations. He was a 62-year member of the Johnstown Moose Lodge #1185 and a lifetime member of both the Gloversville Concordia club and the Hudson-Mohawk Old Time Power Equipment Association. Dick was also a member of the Fort Plain American Legion Post#554, Hudson Mohawk Theatre Organ Society and the Cranesville Country Cousins Seniors.
Near and dear to Dick was his membership in the Eastern Regional Draft Horse Association. At the age of 80, he realized one of his dreams was to learn to drive a team of draft horses. So after much determination and practice, at the age of 85 entered his first competition in September of 2015 and came out with a well-deserved third place ribbon.
Dick was predeceased by his sister Geraldine and his brother Don. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Deb. He is also survived by his children: Kathy (Rick) Keefe of Myrtle Beach S.C.; Ritch (Nancy) Calderwood of Johnstown, N.Y.; Robert (George) Calderwood (Dianne Lavada) of Johnstown, N.Y.; Michael(Toni) Calderwood of Johnstown, N.Y, Laurie (Ed) McClary of Perth N.Y.; Lisa Calderwood (David Tatro) of Berkshire Vt.; and Matthew(Christina) Calderwood of Colonie N.Y. Dick is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A special thank you to Community Hospice and Dick’s wonderful neighbors and friends for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice 445 New Karner Road Albany, N.Y. 12205 or the Eastern Regional Draft Horse Association c/o Roberta Healy 3418 Route 29 Johnstown, N.Y. 12095.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday May 10, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Drive Scotia, N.Y. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Amsterdam, N.Y.