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Longtime town fixture dies

Mathusa was a member of the Normanside Country Club, the Bethlehem Grange, the Bethlehem Historical Society, the University Club, Steuben Athletic Club, Southwood Tennis Club, and New York State Senior Golf League.

He has received multiple national and state program awards and was twice Citizen of the Year for the Town of Bethlehem as well was a town historic tour guide.

In October, Mathusa had a bench and plaque dedicated in his name for his vision and dedication to the Quadricentennial Committee. The bench was placed near the Hudson River in Henry Hudson Park in Bethlehem.

He enjoyed golfing, sailing and helping his community. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Parker Mathusa was a loving and generous man, his family wrote in tribute.

"He will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he has touched."

Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham said the town also feels the loss of the Mathusa family.

"He's an institution here at Town Hall," Cunningham said. "He's really going to be truly missed."

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Polly Anne; four daughters, Elise (Jim) Flynn of Chester, Heather (Michael) Tangora of Delmar, Ashlee (John) Church of Delmar, and Bethany (John) Furgele of Delmar; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Verne (Ted) Nyquist of Bartlett, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 9:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar.

Contributions may be made to the MDA, 1 Marcus Blvd., No. 203, Albany 12205, or Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

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