COOPERSTOWN — Phillip Zenir, 60, local stonemason and musician, passed away Nov. 5, 2019, following a courageous battle with primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia.
The son of John and Rosemarie (Bopp) Zenir, Phil was was born on May 30, 1959, in Mount Vernon, Westchester. He graduated from Carmel High School and attended Dutchess Community College, receiving two associate degrees in English and business.
He served as student council president and pursued his love of acting by performing in several theater productions.
ONEONTA – Funeral services are Wednesday, Nov. 13, for Donald S. Mitchell, 29, of Oneonta, a musician and lyricist, earned his Heavenly reward Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Born on Aug. 22, 1990, in Oneonta, to Sandra Layman and Donald Mitchell, Don was a beautiful baby and a shining star from the very beginning. He graduated from Oneonta High School, going on to work most recently at The Otesaga Hotel, of which he was very proud.
OTEGO – Michael J. Cairo, 58, a local musician, passed away unexpectedly at home on Aug. 5, 2018.
Michael was born Aug. 13, 1959, in Glens Falls, the son of Robert and Gwendolyn (Haines) Wood.
Michael was a graduate of Oneonta High School. He was a known area musician, playing with several area bands. He loved playing the drums and the harmonica. He also enjoyed fishing and watching the Yankees and Jets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.