Richard Michael Quackenbush, of Saratoga Springs, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 26th, 2020, after a long battle with his declining health.
Richard was born on September 7th, 1950 in Saratoga, son of Richard Quackenbush and Evelyn LaFountain Quackenbush. He lived in multiple locations during his lifetime, but spent most of it in Saratoga with his loving wife, Deborah, who he was married to for 51 years.
Richard, in his younger years held a variety of management positions with numerous companies, and ended his working life with Sears, where many of his friends would come to know him. It was not uncommon for Richard to be recognized by his customers from many years prior, clear evidence of his professionalism and effort.
Later in life, Richard suffered from many ailments, but his demeanor suffered little, allowing him to enjoy his remaining years with friends and family. His hobbies generally consisted of collecting stamps, playing cards, and spectating horse races, as well as maintaining a strong support for his favorite football team, the New York Giants, even through their rougher seasons.
However, it is Richard’s compassion and absolute love of animals that define his later years. He housed and cared for many cats; too many cats by normal standards, but to Richard, any cat was a friend, and they seemed to share such sentiment. He also made good company with the neighboring dogs and even the squirrels that lived in the trees above the house. His devotion to his animal friends was unmatched.
Richard is survived by his wife, Deborah, and three children Randy, Jody and Amy; his sister Susan Cook and her husband, Dan Cook; his sister Sandra Bachleda. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Tracee, Kimmy, Billy, and Tammy; as well as his grandson, Kody Quackenbush, and great-granddaughter, Lillian Rose, who Deborah assures was the absolute highlight of his last three years, and sole reason for continuing on as long as he could. Lillian would be happy to know the joy she brought to him.
While no services are being held for Richard, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga located at 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY, or to a local animal shelter.
Even though Richard has left us, it can be rest assured that he will not be alone in the next stretch of his journey, as the dozens, if not hundreds, of animals he has helped in life will gladly return the favor now.
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