Ronald H. Partch

December 13, 1926 - January 08, 2014 

Ronald H. Partch

December 13, 1926 - January 08, 2014 

Obituary for Ronald H. Partch

Dateline: Rexford, NY
Ronald H. “Ron” Partch, 87, of Coburg Village, formerly of High Mills Rd., Burnt Hills, NY, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady surrounded by his loving family. Ron was born on December 13, 1926 in Madrid, NY and was the son of the late Maurice and Vera M. (Flack) Partch. He was a graduate of Madrid High School and served in the US Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and received the Asiatic Pacific Victory Medal. He earned his degree in teaching from the State University at Potsdam, NY where he performed with the Varsity Big Band. Ron was a middle school math and science teacher at the Scotia-Glenville School District until he retired in 1981.
Ron loved his family and his music. He was an accomplished and talented jazz musician, performing trombone and string bass with numerous musical groups dating back to the early days of live, local television. He was a regularly featured artist on The Earle Pudney Show on WRGB. He performed with several local groups including the Bob Whitman Trio, The Charlie Doyle Quintet, The Jody Bolden Duo, The Bill Pearson Headliners Big Band, Sophisticated Jazz, Mellow Tones Big Band and the Shenendehowa Big Swing Band. He also performed locally with Tony Bennett at the Saratoga Kool Jazz Festival and on the Lac Du St. Sacrement cruise ship on Lake George. Ron served as Vice President of the Saratoga Musician’s Union and arranged national musicians for performances at SPAC with his dear friend and partner Lew Petteys.
In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his beloved sisters Thea Rutherford and Muriel Besaw. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, June L. (Anderson) Partch; He is the devoted father of Ron (Deb) Partch of Toronto, Ontario; Karen (John) Nagy of Rexford, NY and Kristin (Bob Sparadeo) Partch of Randoph, VT. Ron is also the beloved grandfather of Meghan, Kelsey, Sean and Trevor. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced in the Spring of 2014 and held at the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church, on Saratoga Rd., Burnt Hills, NY.
There will be no public calling hours.
Following the service in the spring, Mr. Partch’s cremains will be brought to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville where he will remain in the columbarium wall to rest with his fellow veterans.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Wildwood Foundation, 2995 C. Curry Road Ext., Schenectady, NY 12303.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake.

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