Clarence Conrad – July 13, 2021

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      SELKIRK – 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.

         Clarence is 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.

        Clarence married 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 spirit.  

        His family 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.