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Joseph Etta

March 28, 1937 — June 5, 2017

Joseph “Joe” Charles Etta, lifelong resident of Cold Spring, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017. He was 80.  Born March 28, 1937 to Gaetano “Thomas” and Elizabeth (Bush) Etta, Joe was alife member of the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1, recently celebrating 58 years of service. He served as Chief from 1970-1972. Joe was proud to witness his grandchildren follow in his footsteps, with their participation in the Junior Firefighter Academy, from its inaugural year to present day.

Always actively involved in the community, Joe was a charter member and served for many years on the Cold Spring Historic District Review Board, and took great pride in protecting the architectural, historic and scenic qualities of the village he loved so much. A master carpenter and building contractor, chances are if you live in or around Cold Spring, Joe built or expertly renovated your home.  Joe also supervised construction of the sets and stage fronts built in Garrison and Cold Spring for the film Hello Dolly.  Later in life, Joe discovered beekeeping, and enjoyed the entire process of raising bees and harvesting the honey.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, and two sons:  Thomas Etta and his wife Mary Lynn of Cold Spring and Timothy Etta and his wife Dawn of Cold Spring. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Danielle Sobocinski and her husband Steve, Michael, Lauren, Nicole, Morgan and William Etta ; and two sisters Jane Travis and Ann  and her husband George Lisikatos, and many nieces and nephews. Joe was pre-deceased by his brother in law Bob Travis

We will miss Joe’s quick wit, very vocal opinions, sense of humor and encyclopedic knowledge of all things Cold Spring.

Family and friends may attend calling hours on  Thursday June 8, 2017  from 5  to 8pm at Clinton Funeral Home 21 Parrott Street,  Cold Spring. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday June 9, 2017 at 10am Our Lady of Loretto Church , 24 Fair Street, Cold Spring.  Burial will follow at Cold Spring Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 (154 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY, 10516), or to the Junior Firefighter Academy (c/o Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1,write Junior Firefighter Academy in the memo space).

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