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Devin Mahoney, 35, Vet, Musician, Dies In Accident In Baltimore, Md.
IN MEMORIAM

Devin Mahoney, 35, Vet, Musician,

Dies In Accident In Baltimore, Md.

For years, Devin Mahoney drew his hair long and donated the tresses to Locks of Love.

ONEONTA – Devin Kobos Mahoney, 35, an 101st Airborne veteran and musician, passed away unexpectedly after an accident on May 30, 2018, in Baltimore, Md.

Devin was born April 3, 1983, in Oneonta, the son of Robert Mahoney and Linda (Kobos) Thomas.

He attended St. Mary’s School and Oneonta High School.  Devin served in the Army in the 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault.

Devin was a talented musician, playing the guitar since age 8.  A gentle and patient teacher, he could help kids feel competent and self-assured weather he was teaching carpentry, fishing, or life-skills. And, teaching kids to play the guitar allowed him to pass on the gift of music.

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Dr. Bruce Harris, 79, Springfield; Neurosurgeon, Farmer, Musician
IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Bruce Harris, 79, Springfield;

Neurosurgeon, Farmer, Musician

Dr. Bruce S. Harris

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Dr. Bruce S. Harris, physician, farmer and musician, died on March 31, 2018, at home, where he had been cared for by hospice and his family. The cause of death was metastatic prostate cancer.

His death brought closure to a life of professionalism and service, of cultivation and propagation of a love of the arts, most especially music, and of commitment to a way of life that was simultaneously private and outward-facing.

Many who knew him thought of him as a Renaissance man. He was active in a public sphere – in concerts, in opera, in the organization of bringing extraordinary levels of musical activity to the community – and he cultivated his own garden, in a literal sense.

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Brian Hall, 56; Musician, Helped Found Local Brewery
IN MEMORIAM

Brian Hall, 56; Musician,

Helped Found Local Brewery

Brian Hall

COOPERSTOWN – Brian Hall, 56, a musician and co-founder with his father of Cooperstown Brewing Company, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at home in Missoula, Mont., surrounded by his wife Tuire; son Sampo and daughter Seidi.

Brian was born Oct. 21, 1961, in Schenectady, to Jewel and Stanley E. Hall. He married Tuire Reinivaara on Oct. 18, 1985, in Tampere, Finland.

Brian was a brewer, stay-at-home dad, musician, disc jockey and hockey player.

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Kevin J. Kenney, 59; Musician Also Worked At Nursing Homes

IN MEMORIAM: Kevin J. Kenney, 59;

Musician Also Worked At Nursing Homes

Kevin J. Kenney

COOPERSTOWN – Kevin J. Kenney, 59, of Greenough Road, a musician who for the last three decades also cared for residents at The Meadows, Otsego Manor and Focus, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born Oct. 14, 1958 in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of James R. and Mildred (Anderson) Kenney. In 1965, the family moved to the Cooperstown area, where he and his sisters were raised.

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Steven D. Purdy, 70; Marine, Musician Active In Morris LIfe

IN MEMORIAM: Steven D. Purdy, 70;

Marine, Musician Active In Morris LIfe

MORRIS – Steven D. Purdy, 70, a Marine and musician active in Morris community life, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, with his family by his side.

Steve was born the son of Theodore and Jacqueline Purdy on Aug. 18, 1947 in Walton. He served honorably in the Marine Corps from December 1968 to December 1970.

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Duane Morin, 40; Cancer Claimed Gifted Musician

IN MEMORIAM: Duane Morin, 40;

Cancer Claimed Gifted Musician

Duane Morin
Duane Morin

ONEONTA – Duane Charles Morin, 40, a gifted musian who spoke five languages, lost his battle with cancer Aug. 11, 2016, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Dec. 29, 1975, in Waterbury, Conn., the son of Sandra (Wells) Morin. He is also survived by his brother, Shawn Morin of Oneonta; his step sisters, Sherrie Bennett of Happy Valley, Ore., and Erica Morin of Oneonta; and his lifelong and best friend, Sarah Gerold of Portlandville.

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Temple Beth El Hosts Basya Schechter

Temple Beth El Hosts Basya Schechter

Internationally renowned musician and singer Basya Schechter and the Pharoh's Daughter Trio preformed at Oneonta's Temple Beth El on Sunday. When Schechter is not playing in the B'Nai Jeshurun music ensemble in NYC, she tours through America, Eastern and Western Europe, Greece and the UK. She was joined by violinist Meg Okura, (who has recorded with David Bowie, Phillip Glass and Micheal Brecker) and Improv Musician Brian Marsella (who has played Jazz at the LIncoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, NYC Winter Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Internationally renowned musician and singer Basya Schechter and The Pharoh’s Daughter Trio performed at Oneonta’s Temple Beth El this afternoon. When Schechter is not playing in the B’Nai Jeshurun music ensemble in New York City, she tours through America, Eastern and Western Europe, Greece and the U.K. She was joined today by violinist Meg Okura, (who has recorded with David Bowie, Phillip Glass and Michael Brecker) and Improv musician Brian Marsella, who has played jazz at the LIncoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, NYC Winter Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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