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Obituaries

July 8, 2014

Harry F. Sinstack

Harry F. Sinstack

ONEONTA — Harry F. Sinstack, 91, of Oneonta, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at the Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.

Harry was born on Aug. 2, 1922, in Oneonta, the son of the late Frederick R. and Edith M. (Butts) Sinstack.

He married Annabelle “Chris” Christensen on Sept. 25, 1945, in Deposit. She predeceased him on Nov. 12, 2004. 

He served his country in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. He landed in Normandy D-Day plus 4 and was a military police squad leader. Harry was awarded the American Service Medal, EAME Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

He was employed by Spaulding Bakery, Oneonta Dairy Company, among others, and retired from the workforce as a caretaker for the OAS College Camp on West Street. 

Harry worked in the standard bred racing business for many years, either at Vernon Downs or Saratoga Raceway, as well as owning a few horses, the last with Gus Lampo and Doug Layman. 

Harry was an avid bowler and was inducted into the Oneonta Bowling Hall of Fame. 

He loved the Boston Red Sox and enjoyed telling that to all the Yankee fans. 

One of his greatest joys was playing cards with the “greatest bunch of guys” at the American Legion Post 259. You guys kept him going. Thanks to Willie, Bernie, Jim, Emerson, Tony Chuck and George. Your quarters are paying for our party. 

Thanks to the guys at McDonald’s for some great mornings — they made his day. Special thanks to his “Gofer” gal, Kathie. She was amazing. Thanks also to the staff of Hawthorn at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford and to the many men and women who give their time and themselves to make life a bit easier for the vets that live there. 

Harry is survived by his two children, Bonnie Robinson of Oneonta, David (Grace) Sinstack of West Oneonta; four grandchildren, James Sinstack ( Johnna Nesteruk) of Oneonta, Richard L. Robinson Jr. (Amanda Brown) of Sidney, Jeffrey Sinstack (Brooke Ganio) of Morris and Eric Sinstack (Nicole Wilber) of West Oneonta; great- grandchildren, Aiden and Bryce Robinson, Kendra Barnes and Ethan Sinstack; sister, Lois Judd of Oneonta; sister-in-law, Lynn Sinstack of Oneonta; niece, JoDee (Paul) Kogut of Hamilton, Faye West (C.Alan) of Troy; nephews, Gary (Penny) Sinstack of Oneonta, and Stephen (Vickie) Judd of Oneonta; lifelong friend, Tony Drago, and thanks Marcella for all the breakfasts! 

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