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25 Broad Street
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David McKay

David R. McKay

April 5, 1933 - July 14, 2020
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David R. “Dave” McKay, 87, of Hamilton, NY, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Crouse Community Center in Morrisville.
He was born on April 5, 1933 in Albany, NY and graduated from Albany High School and the State University at Albany. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was an educator for more than 35 years in the Fleischmanns, Hamilton, Whitesboro and Oneida schools.
Dave was very active in the community, serving as President of the Hamilton Lions Club and the Hamilton Boosters Club. He served 26 years on the Hamilton Central School Board and was on the Board of the Hamilton Recreation Commission. He was also a charter board member of the Madison County Legal Defense Bureau and of the Madison County Early Release Program. He was a long-time volunteer and board member of the Hamilton Food Cupboard and of the Madison County Retired Teachers’ Association. He had also served on the Board of the Lake Moraine Association and was an active member of St. Thomas’ Church. Dave was proud to have worked on the “Chain Gang” for Colgate football for 40 years.
On January 22, 1955, Dave married Beverly Gustafson in Jamestown, NY. In addition to Beverly, he is survived by his children and their spouses: Mark (Patricia) McKay of Albany; Karen (Mike) Burns of Watertown; Anne (Jay Johnson) McKay of Detroit Lakes, MN; Kirk (Anne) McKay of Silver Spring, MD. He is also survived by grandchildren, Meghan McKay and Kelly McKay, Brittany Burns Griffin, Greg Burns, Thressa and Montana Johnson; and a sister, Carole Luther of Albany. He was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Isobel McKay and two sisters, Jean McKay Vice and Barbara Barrell.
The burial of Dave’s ashes will be in St. Thomas’ Memorial Garden.
Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Thomas’ Church, 12-1/2 Madison St., Hamilton, NY 13346; or to the Hamilton Food Cupboard, 1 Mill St., Hamilton, NY 13346.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY.
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Mark Posted at 01:34pm

Thanks Captain Squeeze and Kathi!

Mary Jo Risley

Posted at 08:51pm
My condolence for the passing of Mr. McKay, he always had a smile on his face and treated everyone the same. Of the two years and in his typing and bookkeeping classes at Hamilton , he was one of my favorites. I know he will be missed by all. Mary Jo (Jones) Risley, class of 1964. from Calhoun, Ga.

Mark Posted at 03:24pm

Thanks for remembering our father, Mary Jo.

Dan Amendola

Posted at 02:28pm
It saddened me greatly to hear of Mr. McKay's passing. The words that come immediately to my mind when I remember
him are....he was just a genuinely, warm, nice guy. Always positive and there for support of anyone. He was my typing
teacher (not a fond memory! :)) and the assistant football coach at HHS while I was there. He was always encouraging
to me and my teammates. I was happy to see him some time ago in Hamilton at the class of 1960 reunion. He still had
that same warm, welcoming smile. He was just an awesome, nice man! My sincere sympathy to all of the family.

Mark McKay Posted at 08:43am

Thanks for remembering our father, Dan. He had fond memories of his coaching days at HCS with you guys.

Bev Safford Keyes

Posted at 08:39pm
I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a big influence in my early life. He was my boss when I ran the swimming program in Hamilton. (Poolville Lake) while in college. My condolences to his family.

Mark McKay Posted at 10:34pm

Thanks for remembering our dad, Bev. He had fond memories of you and theswimming program at Poolville Lake. I remember having to unload the bus over that rickety, old bridge!

Bev Wise

Posted at 07:59pm

Dave always joined "The Office Tech Group" for dinners and the good times at the camp. Last summer we had a fun pizza dinner with Bev and Dave. Sure will remember all those special times.

Mark McKay Posted at 10:35pm

Mom and Dad talked fondly of your get-togethers, Bev. Thanks for remembering him.

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