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MARGARETVILLE - Francis Fairbairn, 77, a lifelong resident of Margaretville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, Albany.
Friskie was born on July 17, 1940, at Delhi, the son of Orson Pete and Myrtle Jane (Archibald) Fairbairn.
He married the love of his life, Marie Ackerley, on Dec. 2, 1962, at the New Kingston United Presbyterian Church.
He graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1959 and went to work for the Delaware County Highway Department where he worked for 45 years.
Friskie enjoyed life and was a dedicated community person helping anyone that needed help. He was an active member of the Margaretville Fire Department where he received a 50-year award for his service to the fire department and community. He enjoyed bowling and fishing with his son.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Marie; daughter, Cindy and son-in-law, Tim Filupeit; son, Scott Fairbairn and daughter-in-law, Jeana Sanders; grandchildren, Kelly Filupeit (friend, Al Knobelauch), Erin Filupeit and fiancé, Grant Cure, Amy and Zach Blanchette; and great-grandchildren, Laila and Liam Blanchette. Also surviving are his brother, Floyd Fairbairn, mother-in-law, Nancy Ackerley; sister-in-law, Marie A. Fairbairn; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Myron Sanford, Ralph and Diane Ackerley, Tom Ackerley (friend, Debra) and Phyllis Ackerley; along with many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at the United Methodist Church, Margaretville, with the Rev. Donna Leroy and Shirley Davis officiating.
Donations may be made to the Margaretville Fire Department or Margaretville United Methodist Church in his name.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Published on October 31, 2017
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