Obituaries – October 2016

John Cancro, 65
John Anthony Cancro died October 17 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie from complications due to an accident. He was 65.

Born in Tarrytown, he was a graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School and Westchester Business Institute. He was a long-time member of Hope Hose Fire Company in Tarrytown, and was employed by Barrier Oil Company for about 25 years.

For many years Mr. Cancro enjoyed spending time at the family lake house in Middleton, NH, where he enjoyed taking friends waterskiing in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. He was an avid bowler and loved playing board and card games. He was also an animal lover having both dogs and cats throughout his life which gave him great joy. He was a kind, crazy and gentle soul who easily made friends and will always be remembered as a loving and caring son, brother, uncle and friend.

Virginia Clifford, 90
Virginia Thomas Clifford, a resident of Irvington, died peacefully with her family at her side on October 16. She was 90.

She was a resident of Irvington for 64 years and an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. Through the years, she was involved with the Irvington Seniors, Historical Society, and the library, and had a particularly soft spot in her heart for animals.

She was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA, the youngest of eight children of the late Joseph and Julia Thomas who had emigrated from Lebanon. Following WWII, she made her way north, first to Washington D.C., and then to NYC, where she worked for CBS in the early years of network television. She met and then married her husband, Cliff, in New York, and moved to Irvington in 1953 to raise their family. Virginia worked for many years as an executive secretary for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in Irvington and later at American Can Company.

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