Walter Everett Barton

Walter Everett Barton

ANCRAMDALE — Walter Everett Barton, 67, passed away on May 8, 2020. Husband, father, brother, friend and beloved grandfather, he passed away peacefully at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie as a result of complications from the coronavirus.

Born in Great Barrington on Feb. 22, 1953, Walter was the sixth child of Carolyn (Chadbourne) and Kenneth Barton of Ancramdale.

Walter grew up in Ancramdale and attended Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains, where he excelled on the track team.

Walter had a passion for cooking, fishing, skiing, the Connecticut seashore and cars.  He had quite the stable of autos, ranging from British Minis and Morgans to Ford Saleens and GT6s. Walter spent many glorious summer and autumn days driving road rallies, as well as tooling around the countryside with his wife, Susan, and annual trips to Lime Rock Park with his family and friends. Gatherings throughout New England with the 3/4 Morgan Club were always a highlight for Walter.

Walter spent most of his professional career selling heavy equipment to local municipalities and other companies in New York.

Walter was predeceased by his parents; his sister-in-law, Karen (Schweizer) Barton; a nephew, Frederick J. Barton; and a brother-in-law, John Seiber.

Walter is survived by his wife Susan (Meagher) Barton. They were married at Ancramdale Presbyterian Church on Oct. 8, 1989; his son, Hunter, and his wife, Kristin (Kotzur) Barton; two grandchildren, Benjamin and Maximilian Barton of Millbrook; his sibling, Kenneth Frederick Barton of San Antonio, Fla; a nephew, Brian Barton; a niece, Kristin Barton McNary; Gerald and Shirley (Hall) Barton of West Copake; his nephews, Jeffrey and Michael Barton, Richard Barton of Copake Falls and Robert Barton of Sarasota, Fla.; Elizabeth Barton Podris and Robert Podris of Ancramdale; and his nephews Jason and David Podris. He is also survived by many great-nieces and -nephews.

His stepchildren are Scott Simmons and his wife, Desi, of Seattle, Wash., Robin (Simmons) Patchin and her husband, Kyle Patchin, of Raleigh, N.C., and Jason Simmons of Pine Plains; and his grandchildren are Ella Grace, Brenna and  Sara Patchin, Maria, Zoey and Alexander Simmons.

Memories of Walter for all who knew him will center on his gentle, kindly and compassionate heart. A memorial service will be held at a later date and time when family and friends can safely come together to celebrate Walter’s life. 

To sign the online register, go to www.peckandpeck.com.

Latest News

Housy squeaks past Nonnewaug in quarterfinal clash

Kylie Leonard and Ireland Starziski battled from start to finish.

Riley Klein

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) girls basketball advanced to the Berkshire League (BL) tournament semifinals after a 34-31 win over Nonnewaug High School Friday, Feb. 16, in the opening round.

The game went back and forth for four quarters before the Mountaineers pulled ahead in the final seconds and hung on for the victory. HVRHS’ voracious man-to-man defense tipped the scale in this otherwise evenly matched showdown. The Mountaineers secured revenge over the Chiefs, who eliminated HVRHS last year in the 2023 BL tournament.

Keep ReadingShow less
Theresa Marie Murtagh

MILLERTON — Theresa Marie Murtagh, 74, a thirty year resident of Poughkeepsie, and most recently a twenty year resident of Millerton, died unexpectedly on Feb. 13, 2024, at Sharon Hospital. Mrs. Murtagh was a retired secretary, having worked for Marine Midland Bank in Wappingers Falls, She also worked as a secretary for a medical laboratory in Poughkeepsie for many years.

Born Nov. 12, 1949, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late James O. and Mary F. (Canevari) Hoysradt. She graduated with the class of 1967 from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Pougkeepsie. She then studied business at Dutchess Community College. On Nov. 8, 1969, at St. Patrick’s Church in Millerton, she married Joseph P. Murtagh. Mr. Murtagh survives at home in Millerton.

Keep ReadingShow less
Housatonic FFA gives back to local nonprofits

Kayla Jacquier, vice president of Housatonic Valley FFA, thanked the recipient organizations for their dedication to the community.

Riley Klein

FALLS VILLAGE — A successful season at the FFA Holiday Store in December 2023 resulted in surplus funds, which the members of Housatonic Valley FFA donated back to the community Thursday, Feb. 15.

A total of $6,000 was donated to area food banks and support agencies. FFA gave $1,000 to each food bank: Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, Corner Food Pantry, Cornwall Food and Fuel Fund, Kent Food Bank, and Sharon Food Bank. Additionally, $500 was donated to The Little Guild (animal rescue) and Jane Lloyd Fund (cancer support).

Keep ReadingShow less
Student art show shines with contemporary talent

Gabe Heebner, a senior at HVRHS, was awarded “Best in Show” at the student art show at the KAA on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Leila Hawken

Now well into its 101st year of serving the community, the nonprofit Kent Art Association (KAA) opened its 32nd annual student art show Saturday, Feb. 10, attracting student artists, their teachers and the arts community to celebrate the wealth of young talent being nurtured in area public and private schools.

Participating in this year’s show were students from seven area schools, including Millbrook (New York) High School, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), Forman School, Marvelwood School, The Frederick Gunn School, The Hotchkiss School and The Kent School.

Keep ReadingShow less