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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 27, 2008

Raymond M. Gaidusek

Raymond M. Gaidusek, a carpenter and business owner, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. He was 48.

“Ray was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his kids,” his family wrote in tribute. “They enjoyed camping and many other outdoor activities together.”

He was born on June 3, 1960 in Binghamton, N.Y., the son of Maureen and Ronald Gaidusek. He was a graduate of Guilderland High School, class of 1978.

Mr. Gaidusek owned his own business, R&G Acoustical Contracting in Albany, for many years. He was a member of the Local 370 Carpenters’ Union.

He is survived by his beloved mother Maureen: his loving children, Nicholas, Christopher and Amanda; his wife, Lynn (Van Wie); his sister, Kathleen Niesen, of New Hampshire; his brother, Ronald, and sister-in-law, Linda Gaidusek, of Altamont; and nieces and nephews, Corie, Michael, Michael, and Megan.

 A funeral service was held Sat., Nov. 22, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Northeast New York, 1 Mustang Drive, Cohoes, NY 12047.

Kenneth H. Guyer

VOORHEESVILLE — An optician who loved people, Kenneth H. Guyer was an inveterate Voorheesvillian who even made house calls when the homebound needed new eyeglasses.

He died unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was 63.

“He grew up right here on Maple Road,” said his wife, Diane Livingston Guyer.

His parents, C. Harold Guyer and Ella (Hartman) Guyer, were living in what was to be a chicken coop — “but with hard wood floors” — on Maple Road while they were building their house, Mrs. Guyer said. “His father died when he was a baby,” she said, and his mother continued with building the house.

When Mr. Guyer was in grade school, his mother married neighbor George Wood, an accountant, who raised him, she said.

“He lived on this property his whole life,” said Mrs. Guyer of the family compound. “Now our son lives next door.”

Mrs. Guyer was born in Voorheesville and went to school with Mr. Guyer from kindergarten through high school.

They started dating after high school and had a “definitely happy” marriage, she said.

“He was a great husband and father,” she said. “He would do anything for the kids.” The Guyers raised two children — daughter Jill and son Kenneth.

“He would drive for hours,” Mrs. Guyer said, “to see Jill in a concert”; she was a student at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam.

Their son rode dirt bikes. “For years, we’d get in our little old motor home and go to dirt bike races,” said Mrs. Guyer.

Mrs. Guyer described her husband as “happy-go-lucky.” At a Christmas family gathering, when he was given a pair of musical socks, she said, he put them right on and let them play and play for the kids.

“He loved to get right on the floor and play with them,” she said.

At the same time, Mr. Guyer was dedicated to community service. A member of the Army Reserves during the Vietnam War, Mr. Guyer was a member of the Voorheesville American Legion Post #1493. He was corporation president of the Legion for many years, his wife said.

He was also active in the New Salem Fire Department. “We’re a volunteer family,” said Mrs. Guyer, who volunteered with the Voorheesville ambulance squad.

“He never sat still,” Mrs. Guyer said of her husband. “He was a putterer — a project here, a project there. He had a hundred things going at once.”

Mr. Guyer worked as an optician. He owned and operated Clifton Park Opticians since 1978 and was a member of the New York State Society of Dispensing Opticians.

“He loved dealing with the public,” said Mrs. Guyer. “He could talk to anyone about anything.” As an optician, she said, “He would go right to your house if you needed a pair of glasses.”

He loved Voorheesville and was a frequent visitor at the Voorheesville Diner, his wife said. “He liked being able to know everybody,” she said.

She concluded, “Anything anyone needed done, he was right there to help out.”


Kenneth H. Guyer is survived by his wife, Diane Livingston Guyer; his daughter, Jill Bernstein, and her husband, Lewis, of Wilmington, N.C.; his son, Kenneth C. Guyer, and his wife, Ann, of Voorheesville; his sister, Phyllis Allen, of Troy; and his grandchildren, Joey, Claire and Katy Guyer, and Gretchen and Carl Bernstein. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His funeral was Wednesday, Nov. 26, at St. Matthew’s Church in Voorheesville. Arrangements were by the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Voorheesville Area Ambulance or the New Salem Fire Department.

Melissa Hale-Spencer

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