WASSAIC, NY – Walter J. “Bucky” Patnode, Jr., 71, of Wassaic, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Sharon Health Care Center in Sharon, CT after a brief battle with cancer. For 37 years, Walter worked at the Wassaic Developmental Center in Wassaic, NY. He then spent the next several years driving bus for A & E Transport before retiring in the spring of 2012.
Born on March 24, 1941 in Newburgh, NY, he was raised by his great uncle and aunt Henry and Jenny Barcomb. On October 12, 1963 at St. Joseph’s Church in Dannemora, NY, he married Bernice King who survives at home. Walter enjoyed fishing, hunting and his animals.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Walter J. Patnode III and his wife, Susan Stevenson Patnode, of Wassaic, NY, William J. “Bo” Patnode and his wife, Sallie Miller Patnode, of Ellenburg Center, NY, and Patrick J. Patnode and his wife, Renee Morgan Patnode, of Wassaic, NY; his sister, Gloria Washer of Watertown, NY and a stepsister, Vedora Maloney of Chateaugay, NY.
He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jasmine Kain, Zachary, Joseph, Laura, Destiny, and Joshua Patnode; two step grandchildren, Steven Paraszti and Russell McRoberts; two great grandchildren, Aiden Patnode and Sabin Kain, two step great grandchildren, Makenzie and Dylan Paraszti and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the nurses and staff at Sharon Health Care Center, Dr. Kruger and Dr. Astrauskas for the exceptional care they gave Walter in his final days. It was above and beyond what any family could ask for.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cardinal Hayes Children’s Home, 60 St. Joseph Drive, Millbrook, NY 12545 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?pid=159896163#sthash.dNJlpqdI.dpuf