Edward Harold LaMay, 85

OBIT LeMayEdward Harold LaMay, a native of Whitehall, died June 24 of natural causes in Durham, N.C. He was 85 years old.

Ed was born in a farmhouse near Whitehall on Nov. 16, 1928, the second child and son of Mabel Hammond LaMay and Joseph Charles LaMay. His first name was given in honor of the doctor who delivered him. Harold, his middle name, simply struck his mother’s fancy. Ed’s older brother, Joseph, served in the U.S. Army engineering corps and in Patton’s 3rd Army during World War II. After returning to Whitehall Joe worked as a guard at Great Meadow prison, teaching art classes to the inmates. He died in 2006.

Ed lived an outsized and outside boyhood in Whitehall. Taken with the history and natural beauty of the region, he became an Eagle Scout and, with a beautiful tenor voice, sang in his church choir. He worked around Whitehall in jobs that included delivering newspapers, setting bowling pins, maintaining railroad tracks, and tending to his grandfather’s farm. Ed was also a star athlete at Whitehall High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track.

In part owing to his athletic ability, Ed was able to attend Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., for which he had a life-long affection. He played football and baseball there, and also ran track. With the help of Union’s president, Dr. Carter Davidson, Ed spent most of his junior year at St. Andrews College in Scotland, where he fell in love with the game of golf.

Davidson was so impressed with Ed that he hired him to look after his 16-year-old son Christopher. In 1949 Ed went with the Davidson family to their summer home in Frankfort, Mich., where he met Virginia Louise Hill, another summer resident and a student at the University of Nebraska. The two were married during spring break of their senior year, on March 24, 1950, in a ceremony in Rochester, N.Y. Each went back to school to graduate, and then they settled in Schenectady,where Ed had been accepted in General Electric’s executive training program.Ed worked for GE for 41 years, retiring in Louisville, Ky., in 1992. Ed and Ginny were married for 53 years, until Ginny’s death from cancer in 2003.

Ed and Ginny are survived by their five children, Teri, Lauren, Craig, Ted and Bronwen, and by four grandchildren, Cassidy and Rory Mullen (children of Ted), Ellis and Owen LaMay (children of Craig).

Comments

comments

Lakes Classifieds – 04/24/15

Northshire Freepress – 04/24/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 04/24/15

Weekender – 04/24/15

Classifieds 04/22/14

Dresden throws support to medical marijuana facility

medical marijuana

By Dan King The Town of Dresden has joined the growing list of towns throughout Washington County that are throwing […]

Heather Michaud to have art displayed at the Hyde

Michaud Drawing

By Dan King A Whitehall High School student will have her artwork displayed at one of the region’s greatest art […]

Hampton Firehouse may change hands

21281963

By Derek Liebig The Town of Hampton is considering selling the Hampton Firehouse to the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department, which […]

Granville Science Fair a hit

DSC_0111

Joshua Bassett A dry Christmas tree that emitted melodic sounds when hit was just one of the many exhibits on […]

Baseball routs Corinth, Salem, Bolton

Derek Thomas rips a basehit diown the left field line

The Whitehall baseball team bounced back from a non-league loss to Fort Ann by blowing out Corinth, Salem and Bolton. […]

Whitehall not conducting background checks?

By Dan King Whitehall Central School has brought on a substantial amount of staff members, bus drivers and substitutes this […]

Baseball downed by league foes

Wasaren League play has not been kind to Granville’s baseball team in the early part of the season. The Horde […]