Richard G. Bleezarde - April 15, 2008


 Bleezarde, Richard G. GLENMONT Richard G. Bleezarde, 56, peacefully entered eternal life Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter's Hospital. Richard was raised in Ravena the son of George and Beatrice Bleezarde. He was the publisher/-owner of the Ravena News-Herald, Greenville Local, Coxsackie-Athens Courier and the Mid-Hudson Valley Health. Dick was a member of the NY Press Association and currently served as a district director for the Hudson Valley Region. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Dick attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a 1970 graduate of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School and, in 1974, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. Dick was a former member and past president of the Greater Ravena Lions Club. He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church and served on the board of deacons and finance committee and chaired various fundraisers. Dick enjoyed bowling, golf, NY Yankees, NY Giants and coached his daughter's basketball team. He loved gardening and had a passion for photography but, most of all, he loved his family. Survivors include his wife, Debra A. Johns Bleezarde; daughter, Lauren E. Bleezarde, both of Glenmont; sisters, Joanne (Tom) Vilaghy of Philmont and Linda (Richard) Carpenter of N.J.; mother-in-law, Fran Johns; sisters-in-law, Michele and Donna; and brother-in-law, Jim; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Dick was predeceased by his father-in-law, James Johns. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Congregational Christian Church, Ravena. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Congregational Christian Church, 175 Main St., Ravena, NY 12143; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle St., Albany, NY 12202-1797; or Community Hospice of Albany/Hospice Inn, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205