– Clarence Conrad, 90, was reunited with the love of his life Mary,
when he peacefully entered into eternal rest on July 13, 2021
surrounded by his devoted children. He was born on February 10,
1931 to the late Clarence and Sadie Conrad in South Bethlehem, NY.
survived by his children, Clarissa (Louis) Siy and Rodney (Theresa)
Conrad; grandchildren, Crystal (Richard) Hill, Carrie (Justin)
Haislip, Jeffery (Renee) Conrad and Kyle (Amanda) Siy; and six
great- grandchildren, Joseph, Conrad, Caroline and Palmer Hill and
Lillian and Grayson Haislip. He is also survived by many nieces and
nephews who affectionately called him Uncle Junie, and his closest
and dearest friend, Frank Travis. In addition to his wife Mary, he
was predeceased by brothers, Charles and Harold Conrad and sisters
Dorothy Percival and Thelma Cass.
the love of his life, Mary Arthur, on April 13, 1952 and enjoyed 67
years of love and happiness together.
Clarence was a
well-known and respected skilled carpenter and craftsman having
spent his entire career in the carpentry industry. He began his
career in the early 1950’s working for several home building
contractors in the Capital District. After joining the Northeast
Regional Council of Carpenters Union Local 291 in 1969, he worked
for L.A. Swyer Company and retired from his career with Sam Greco
Construction Inc. He was honored with a Lifetime Honorary Union
Membership in 2019 having achieved 50 years of continuous
membership. His proudest accomplishment, however, was building his
own home which he completed in 1957 and where he and his beloved
Mary raised their family, enjoyed retirement, and where he lived
until his final day of life. Clarence loved hunting and fishing his
entire life. Some of his fondest memories were deer hunting with
his dad, brothers, son, son-in-law, nephews and grandson. Making
and creating anything with wood was one of his greatest pleasures.
Everyone he knew and loved were blessed to receive something
crafted, carved or built by his hands. You name it, he made it from
gazebos, water wheels, wheelbarrows, sleds, name plates, intricate
wildlife carvings, step stools, walking canes, toy chests, desks to
most recently his beautiful crosses. He will be most remembered for
his deep love for family, friends and neighbors, his strong faith,
incredible sense of gratitude and his loving, kind and generous
wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to his kind, caring,
thoughtful neighbors, friends and “family” at the Midway Café, for
all their support and love over the years.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 19 from 10 am – 12
pm at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Funeral services will be
held immediately after at the funeral home with burial to follow in
the Elmwood Cemetery in Selkirk. In lieu of flowers, donations can
be made to
Disabled American Veterans (dav.org) or a charity of your
choice in his memory.