Mourning the death of Ralph D. Jaquish, family man, former fire chief and town council member, and distinguished citizen

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Senate Resolution No. 3177

BY: Senator LITTLE

MOURNING the death of Ralph D. Jaquish, family
man, former fire chief and town council member, and
distinguished citizen

WHEREAS, The quality and character of life in this Nation, and the
great State of New York, is reflective of the purposeful lives and good
works of those patriotic and civic-minded community members who dedicate
their lives and careers to the service of others; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to publicly mourn the death
of those prominent citizens whose lifework and purposeful endeavors have
served to enrich and enhance the quality and character of life for
others in their community and the great State of New York; and

WHEREAS, It is with feelings of great sorrow and deepest regret that
this Legislative Body records the passing of Ralph D. Jaquish, family
man, former fire chief and town council member, and distinguished
citizen; and

WHEREAS, Ralph D. Jaquish of Moriah, New York, died on Tuesday,
April 14, 2020, at the age of 88; and

WHEREAS, Ralph "Chic" Donald Jaquish was born on April 16, 1931, to
Martha (Malbon) and Ralza Jaquish; in 1950, he enlisted in the United
States Air Force and proudly served his country for six months until the
death of his father; and

WHEREAS, Upon his return to Moriah, Ralph D. Jaquish took over his
father's position at the Republic Steel mines to help provide for his
family; and

WHEREAS, On June 22, 1952, Ralph D. Jaquish married the former Ruth
Christian and together, they purchased their life long home on South
Road in Moriah, where they raised their nine children; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his job at Republic Steel, Ralph D. Jaquish
ran his own electrical contracting business and ultimately worked for
International Paper for 27 years, retiring in 1992; and

WHEREAS, Ralph D. Jaquish truly loved his large family and his
community, serving as a member of the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department
for 58 years, 53 of which he held the esteemed title of Chief; in 2008,
he was selected grand marshal of the Port Henry Labor Day Parade,
saluting his 50-year anniversary as fire chief in 2009; and

WHEREAS, In 2012, Ralph D. Jaquish officially retired from his role
as Chief at the age of 81; at this time, he was recognized for being the
longest serving fire chief in the state of New York; and

WHEREAS, Ralph D. Jaquish was also a member of the Moriah Town
Council for nine years, and in that capacity, he oversaw operation and
improvements to the town's Buiwagga Bay Campground on Lake Champlain;

WHEREAS, When not working, renovating the Jaquish home or serving
his community, Ralph D. Jaquish enjoyed camping with his family and in
later years, touring the United States and Canada with his wife in their
motor home; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by two brothers-in-laws, Gene (Beatrice) Comeau
and Robert Harnden; one sister, Betty Harnden; one brother, James
(Laura) Jaquish; one daughter, Jeanne (William) Suddard; and one
great-granddaughter, Kelsey Suddard, Ralph D. Jaquish is survived by his
wife of 67 years Ruth; five sons, Donald (Louann), Thomas (Laura),
Randal (Susan), Frederick (June), and Richard; three daughters, Candy
(Thomas), Sandra (Paul), and Mary Ann (John); two sisters, Beatrice
Comeau and Carol (Earle) Fish; one sister-in-law, Laura (James); and 20
grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as
well as a legion of firefighters and friends who will long cherish his
memory; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his meritorious life, Ralph D. Jaquish truly
served his family with love and wisdom and his community with a
steadfast and unremitting commitment; he will forever be remembered as
an incredible husband, father, and grandfather and for his role as a
mentor to numerous firefighters in Moriah, and in New York State as a
whole; and

WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Ralph D. Jaquish leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Ralph D. Jaquish, family man, former fire chief and
town council member, and distinguished citizen; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Ralph D. Jaquish.


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