Issue 47 — Thursday, June 23, 2016
MILFORD — Randolph A. “Skip” Gregory, 84 passed away on June 9, 2016 at Harbor Chase Nursing Home, Venice, Florida. Skip was born on December 22, 1931 in Port Jervis, NY to Amos & Edith Parker Gregory. Skip was a life time resident of Milford, graduating from Milford High School in 1949. Skip attended the University of Scranton and the Chrysler Business Management Training Program. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. After his Father passed away in 1949, Skip became President of Gregory’s Garage, Inc. as one of the youngest Chrysler-Plymouth Dealers in the United States. Skip operated Gregory’s Garage until 1985 when the building was renovated to the Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits Store. In 1992 Skip built a self-service gas station/convenience store at 114 W. Harford Street,
As President of Milford Development, Inc., a Milford real estate and rental development Skip in 1961 built a Grand Union Store at 100 W. Harford Street. In 1993 the Grand Union was renovated to accommodate the “Old Tyme” Drug Store. Today the Rite Aid Store is located there.
In 1978 Skip became President of 739 Corporation with building one of Pike County’s first self-service gas station located at Lords Valley at intersection of SR 739 and Interstate 84 with the first day of business July 14, 1978. He thought advertising the location of the gas station might have been a problem, then on a trip to Florida, he noticed the advertising logo signs on the interstate highway in Georgia. These logo signs might be the answer for Pennsylvania advertising on the interstates. With the help of Warner Depuy, Secretary of Revenue for Pennsylvania, a call was made to Harrisburg to set up an appointment for Skip to meet with the Deputy Secretary of Transportation. The Secretary thought I84 would be a good test road for Pennsylvania’s logo signs, as it was a short piece of road and would not be a major expense for the state to install. The logo signs were so successful, the program was expanded to the other interstates in Pennsylvania at no cost to the state, since each business advertising on the logo sign were required to pay a fee. Many other Pike businesses were very pleased as it increased their sales and this in turn made Skip feel very proud of his idea.
Skip served as Mayor of the Borough of Milford from 1979 to 1985. During his term, he was instrumental in establishing a central dispatching center for the police and fire companies. June 24-26, 1983 Milford’s 250th Anniversary was celebrated. Milford’s Heritage 250 celebration committee was Sandy Leiser, Skip, Norman and Elsie Lehde. Norman Lehde’s book “Milford, Pennsylvania Heritage 250” was published.
From 1988 to 1992, he served as chairman of the Pike County Board of Commissioners. During his tenure, a previous bond issue was refinanced saving Pike County over one million dollars; a County jail site was purchased in Blooming Grove Township; a Road Task Force was formed which facilitates communication for road improvements and the County Emergency Radio Communications for police, fire and emergency medical services was expanded and improved. In 1989 the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Pike County’s Founding – 1814 was held. Celebration committee was Sandy Leiser, Skip, Norman and Elsie Ledhe. Norman’s Lehde’s book, “A History of Pike County” was published.
Skip has been a member of the Milford Lodge #344 Free and Accepted Masons since 1953, serving as Master of Milford Lodge in 1962 during the Lodge’s 100-year anniversary.
In 1953, Skip joined the Milford Volunteer Fire Department. He assumed an active role with the fire department, and during his tenure as president the current Milford Fire Department building was constructed opening in 1962. On September 20, 2014, Milford Fire Chief Tony Mann presented to Skip a Certificate of Recognition for his 60 years of Volunteer Service and Dedication.
Also in 1953 Skip was involved with the development of the Milford Midget Baseball League.
He served on the Board of Trustees for the Milford Community House since 1961 to the present, during which he held the offices of President and Treasurer.
In 1958, Skip began a hobby of collecting post cards with special emphasis on the Milford area. In 2007, his book “All Roads Lead to Milford, Pennsylvania – Postcards from the Past” was published, the first printing of 2000 books was sold out and a second printing was completed in a 2015.Owners of the book live in over 30 states plus five countries abroad.
On October 10, 2010 Skip was inducted into The Delaware Valley High School Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments since his graduation in 1949.
At the Annual Fund Raising Dinner for the Pike County Library held at Ehrhardt’s Restaurant on November 7, 2015 Skip was recognized for his continuous support and service to the Pike County Library.
Skip enjoyed travel, thus over the years Skip and Lorraine enjoyed travel to many states as well as Antigua. In 1999 a home was purchased in Venice, Florida, then Skip and Lorraine became “snowbirds” spending the winter months in Florida.
Skip is survived by his wife Lorraine, married on December 22, 1967. His daughter Randi Marie Short and her husband Michael of Spring Lake, NJ and son Raymond Brown and his wife Lori of Hardeeville, SC Four grandchildren Michael Short, Mary Kate Short, Corry Short, and David Brown, plus several cousins.
Friends may call at Stroyan’s Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford on Thursday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, June 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Milford Presbyterian Church, Milford, PA on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, PA.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations: Pike County Public Library, 119 East Harford, St., Milford; Milford Fire Department, PO Box 1369, Milford; Milford Lodge # 344, PO Box 1525, Milford; or Tidewell Hospice, 12034 N. Access Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33981.
PORT JERVIS — Melvin King, 60 years old was born June 16, 1955, in Orangeburg, SC. Died suddenly on June 11, 2016.
Melvin King is survived by his Stepfather; Eddie Lee Small(GA), Uncle; Johnny B King (SC) Aunts; Ollie Mae Harden (NJ) and Catherine Small (NY), Brothers and Sisters; Marline King (MD), Edward King-Small/Margaret (NY), Glorianne Small (MD), Janet Small(NY), Cheryl “Denise Small-Elmendorf/Wayne (NY), Robert “Dale” Small (VA) and Charles Murchison (PA), Children; Melvin King Jr. (CT.), Nya King (NY) and Athena King-Gattermeier/Mattais (NY), a hosts of nieces & nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and his beloved friends.
Melvin King is preceded in death by his mother Ida Mae King-Small, Uncle; Johnny “Fats” Small, and sister Joyce King.
Family received friends Monday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Funeral Service was at 12 p.m., at Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., 72 W Main St, Middletown, NY 10940, Middletown, NY 10940. Burial will be at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen, N.Y.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc. 343-6023 or www.ocfuneralhomes.com.
PORT JERVIS — Mrs. Susan Jean Murphy of Port Jervis, NY and a long time resident of the area died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown. She was 68.
She was born July 14, 1947 in Dover, NJ the daughter of the late Otto Banghart, Sr. and the late Mary Eisler Banghart.
Susan married Edward L. Murphy 55 years ago on November 6, 1959 in Port Jervis, NY.
She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for Troop #179, Port Jervis.
Surviving are her husband, Edward Murphy at home; daughter, Melissa Conklin (Joseph) of Port Jervis, NY; sons: Christian Murphy, Kevin Murphy (Denise) and John Asa Murphy all from Port Jervis, NY; brothers: Otto Banghart (Blanche), Chris Banghart (Tara), Kenny Banghart (Joyce), Joe Drake (Eddie), Edward Mackerly (Annette); Ben Banghart; sisters: Mary Cramer (Lee), Ethel Rossnagle (Bryan), Carol Gould (John), Rose Antcliff, Gloria Keyes; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; special grandsons: Christian Murphy, Jr.(Samantha Scotti) and Michael Murphy (Mel) and close friend: Joanne Hull;
She was predeceased by her son, Edward L. Murphy, Jr. and by her brother, John Banghart;
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 East Main Street, Port Jervis on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. followed by a funeral services at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.
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