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Leon "Dick" Richard Cary

October 4, 1941 - October 28, 2020


Lockwood, New York

Date of Death:

October 28, 2020



Birth Date:

October 4, 1941

Birth Place:

Poughkeepsie, New York

Service Information:


Monday, November 2, 2020 from 3 to 6 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Reniff Cemetery, Lockwood, New York

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Leon "Dick" Richard Cary

Leon “Dick” Cary of Lockwood, NY passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. 

Dick was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 4, 1941 to Herman F. Cary and Mildred E. Rifenburg Cary and was the third of four children. Dick graduated from VanEtten High School and was the self-proclaimed Valedictorian of his class. Dick proudly served the Town of Barton for nearly 40 years as the current Town Supervisor and former Highway Superintendent. Prior to working for the Town of Barton he worked for Welliver’s Construction then H.F. Cary & Son’s with his brother Lewis Cary and opened Cary’s Ice-cream.   

Dick was truly committed to the residents of the Town of Barton and believed that they should have safe roads, safe and clean communities, responsible spending of taxpayer dollars, and integrity in services provided. Dick loved a good round of golf with his wife Harriet and great friends, particularly at Tioga Golf Club, and was often involved in the raucous laughter at the 19th hole. Dick was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and boating with his family and close friends. Dick was a NY Giants fan, but his first love was the NY Yankees. If the Yankees were playing they were either on the television or the car radio, he never missed a game. His love of baseball grew from many years of playing the game and of course years of coaching the Yankees from his recliner. Dick was always quick with a joke, sometimes inappropriate, and we will miss his hilarious stories. 

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Herman F. Cary and Mildred E. Rifenburg Cary; sister, Rena Cummings; brothers-in-law, Art Cummings & Theodore Wilson. 

Dick is survived by his wife, Harriet Ellison Cary; his brother, Lewis (and Toni) Cary; his sister, Margaret (and John) Knapich; his children, Kathleen Cary, Jeanne Cary, Patrick Cary, Aime (and Jim) McGeehan, Wayland (and Julie) Alexander, Carin (and Greg) Rouleau, and Heather (and Adrien) Cary; his grandchildren, Caryann, William, Tanya, Christopher, Matthew, Kasey, Brandon, Troy, Austin, Gabrielle, Gregory, and Amelia; many great-grandchildren and a large extended family.  

A time of calling will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 3 to 6 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Reniff Cemetery in Lockwood with Pastor Bruce Vanderpool officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in Dick’s name to a charity of one’s choice.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Dick’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Betsy Norton
You were always the life of the party.  So sorry to see you go.

From: Betsy
I am so sorry for your loss.

From: Diane Lopreste
Such a great guy! I loved working with him as his bookkkeeper.  I had just talked to him and didn't realize it would be the last time! My condolences to his family.  RIP my friend

From: Ron Burnett
Harriet I am terribly sorry to read of Dicks passing. He was a real good friend and an all around great guy So very sorry

From: the corby's
gonna miss ya dick fly high

From: Dan Eiklor
Sincere condolences to the Family. Didn't matter what your political party affiliate was, Dick was there for the well being of all the people. Wish there were more like him. He will truly be missed. 

From: Jim and Kathy Roberts
Our heartfelt condolences to you all during this difficult time.  Oh how we are going to miss Dick's humor, jokes, and love for the NY Yankees as well as all the memories on the golf course and especially on the 19th hole and Wit's End (B's).
Kathy will miss making him her goodies at holiday time - he loved those peanut butter balls.
We will always treasure the memories.

From: Jo Doane
My sincerest sympathies to your family. Dick was in Tim’s and my wedding and graduated with him. We always shared laughter. He will be missed by many.

From: Dawn Campbell
I’m so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing.  He always had time for me when I was a reporter for Choice 102.  He understood I needed to do my job, and always had a sound bite for my news stories on the Town of Barton, or was ready to explain a particular issue.  I send my deepest condolences to his family.  He was a great guy.

From: Mary Lou Palmer
My sincere condolences to Harriet and family.

From: William H Standinger III
Sorry for your loss, Dick was a good man and certainly served his community well. He leaves behind big shoes to fill. Rest In Peace Mr. Cary.

From: Jim and Terri Burleigh
So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Never forget all the good times on the golf course, especially the 19th hole. I have several gold stories about Dick that I still love to tell. Sympathies to Harriet and the family.

From: Jamie
Leon was always such a wonderful person. I will miss him! Rest easy! Harriet and family I am so very sorry for your loss.

From: Kirk Martin
I am so sorry to hear this.  I will keep Dick and his family in my prayers.

From: Jeff and Penny Wright
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

From: David and Rose Mumbulo

From: Pastor Cindy Schulte
Dick was an instrumental partner to the  Lockwood UMC and the Lockwood volunteer community in Beautifying the pavilion area. Harriet and Margaret, I hope you feel our prayers for strength and comfort at this time. God bless you and keep you, Pastor Cindy

From: Don J. Leonard
R.I.P. Dick. You served your community well.

From: Mark&Vicki Stromberg
Harriet so sorry to read the passing of Dick He always had a joke to tell

From: Amy Poff
I enjoyed working with Dick through the years as part of the Council of Governments/COG.  He was always kind, witty, and supportive of efforts to help the local residents.  We will miss having him at the COG table as we continue to collaborate.  
My thoughts are with Dick's family.  
Amy Poff

From: Ron and Janet Keene
Our sincere sympathy to Harriet and Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dick was a great guy and will be missed by all who new him.

From: Terry Henson Kaymak
Glad to have met him.  May he rest in peace.  Condolences to all of his family.

From: Buzz and Andy Seeley
Harriet, we are so sorry for your loss. We loved seeing you and Dick at the golf course, the 19th hole, B's or with the Ellison clan. Dick was a gentleman and so fun to be around. Hugs from us and from Mikey at Seeley's Auto Body.

From: Brian Welch
My deepest sympathy to Harriet and the Cary family, I and the rest of my staff will forever miss Dicks smiling face.

From: Ray Fraley
Dear Harriet,
I was so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He will be sorely missed by his family and all of us that knew him. I will remember his big grin, great attitude, funny stories, and his love of golf. Dick could start a party wherever he went! 
 I'm wishing you strength and peace of mind.

From: Gary Lopreste
Harriet & Family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of loss of a son, husband, father, co-worker and friend to many. The last I seen you guys was at Wit’s End retirement party four years ago. It was always my pleasure to play your song, “Look At Us”, by Vince Gill. May he Rest In Peace.
Gary Lopreste

From: Kathy Petty
Harriett very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. 
Much Love, Charlotte, Denise, Kathy, Will, Sandy 
And Carol and Our Families 

From: Larry Grippin and family
Harriet, I was so sad when Mom told me about Dick’s passing.   I hope and pray that you will find the peace and comfort that you need at this terrible time.  You and Dick are so loved by so many.  May God continue to give you strength and peace.  Much love to you and your family.

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