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Ronald Bouchard, 86; Over 25 Years, Foster Parent To Many

IN MEMORIAM: Ronald Bouchard, 86;

Over 25 Years, Foster Parent To Many

Ron Bouchard

MILFORD – Ronald E. Bouchard, 86, who with his wife Joyce was foster parent to 250 chidren over 25 years, finally went back home on Oct. 8, 2019, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, to Alfred and Leanne Bouchard, he moved to United States in late 1950s and became a U.S. citizen in 1968.

Ron had many jobs over his life, from lumber-camp cook helper at age 8, uranium miner, electrical tower constructor, carpenter, dairy farmer, and general contractor up to age 78.

James J. Stearns, 69; Dairyman’s Interests Ranged Widely

IN MEMORIAM: James J. Stearns, 69;

Dairyman’s Interests Ranged Widely

James J. Stearns

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – James J. Stearns, 69, of Hugick Road, a retired dairy farmer whose interests ranged widely to include Percherons, raising unusual  chicken, growing roses and day lilies, and playing the organ, passed away on Thursday morning March 21, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

James was born on Sept. 18, 1949. in Troy, a son of the late James J. and Jean Doney Stearns. He was raised in Averill Park and graduated from Averill Park High School. After high school he attended SUNY Cobleskill Ag & Tech, obtaining degrees in Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Machinery Repair.

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