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September 14, 2013

Truman K. ('T.K.') Bristoll


A licensed radio amateur (truly a misnomer, since T.K. was far from an amateur in this field) his call sign was W2TKB. At one time he served as President of the Walton Radio Association (also known as the Ham Radio Club of Walton and the Walton Amateur Radio Club) as well as the Margaretville Amateur Radio Club.

He was also a model airplane enthusiast, and had a history of flying radio controlled planes during his years in Westchester County. T.K. was a true outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as photography. This love for the outdoors was imparted to many boys when he served as a Scout Leader with the Boy Scouts of America as well as through the hunter safety courses he taught while he and his family were living in Red Hook. Throughout his life he remained a steadfast member of the National Rifle Association of America.

In 1990, T.K. and his wife, Karen, began building a house on property they owned in Delaware County, and in 1998, they moved permanently from Red Hook to South Kortright where they have since made their home.

T.K. is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen M. Bristoll, of South Kortright; three daughters, Amy Starr Blum and her husband, Henry, of Croton-on-Hudson, Bonnie Starr Bristoll of Red Hook, and Cynthia Starr Hanlon and her husband, Kevin, of Red Hook; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by an adopted son, Kent Starr Bristoll.

He was preceded in death by one son, Alan Starr Bristoll, who died Aug. 28, 1998; and one brother, Thomas Bristoll.

Interment will be private in the memorial garden at Christ Church in Red Hook.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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