Richard James Thayer - March 22, 2009


GLENMONT – Richard James Thayer, 94, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 22, 2009.  Survivors include his sons, James L. (Michelle), Ronald, and Richard L.;  daughter, Marcia (Sanford) Way;  grandchildren, Desiree (Donnie) Highland, James L. Thayer, Jr., Rick (Giselle) Thayer, Robb (Stacey) Thayer, Tyler (Magi) Thayer, Trevor (Jen) Thayer, Brian Way and Christy (Mike) Hudon;  nine great-grandchildren;  and three great-great-grandchildren.  Richard was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret Heath Thayer and grandson, Richard J. B. Thayer.

     “Dick was a friend to everyone.  He shared his bright spirit and joy of life with all he met.  From the hundreds to whom he delivered Heath’s Milk, to the multitudes he called square dances for, to the many who served on church committees with him, all were influenced by his positive outlook.  His love of music led him to be a nearly life-long member of the church choir which led him to master many instruments including the violin, drums, organ, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and harmonica.

     He loved camping, reforestation, gardening, whistling, writing poetry and was devoted to his wife and family. 

     Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 25th at the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, Selkirk.  Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk.  Friends may call at the church Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM and Wednesday prior to the service starting at 9:00 AM.

     Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Road (off 9W), Selkirk, NY 12158 or Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.