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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
David Bushey

David Murray Bushey

Saturday, June 19th, 1937 - Monday, April 8th, 2019
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David Murray Bushey, 81, met his Savior face to face from Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital on April 8, 2019. Born on June 19, 1937 in Ithaca, NY, he was the son of Donald J. and Esther Murray Bushey. David graduated from Ithaca High School, SUNY Oswego (BS) and Colombia University (MA, PD). He taught in Bound Brook, NJ and served as a counselor at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor for 27 years. He served in the New York National Guard from 1960 to 1963.

Following his retirement David focused his attention on many things for which he was especially gifted. At the Hopewell Reformed Church, he was a Deacon, Elder, ChristCare Leader, and unofficial “historian” for all things architectural. Because of his love for the community, he served on the Board of Trustees at the East Fishkill Historical Society. He was instrumental in furnishing the schoolhouse and the Brinkerhoff-Pudney-Palen House. He served on the East Fishkill Architectural Review Board, adding insightful ideas about design, colors, and other features that would make commercial buildings more appealing.

David was a consummate woodworker. He designed and built everything from reproduction antique furniture to timber frame buildings. His craftsmanship was also seen as he helped shape the lives of student counselees and others whom he loved. He both listened and spoke with wisdom.

David is survived by his wife, Jan, his daughter, Margaret, and his brother Richard. He was loved by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was loved and respected by colleagues, friends, neighbors, and people whom he joined in ministry. His family is especially grateful to the doctors, nurses and other medical staff who cared for him in his recent medical emergencies, in particular Dr. Michael Gerringer, Dr. Michael Maresca, Dr. Jason Cohen, Alyssa Ludwin, RPA. Their care and compassion was a gift.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at Hopewell Reformed Church on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 am. Visitation will take place on Friday, April 26 from 4 to 7 pm and Saturday, April 27 from 9 to 11 am. Memorial gifts of appreciation for his life may be made to Hopewell Reformed Church or East Fishkill Historic Site, places very dear to David. Please visit David’s Book of Memories at

“And we shall be raised with Christ to life imperishable.”
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hopewell Reformed Church
    143 Beekman Road
    hopewell junction, NY 12533
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    Hopewell Reformed Church
    143 Beekman Road
    hopewell junction, NY 12533
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Hopewell Reformed Church
    143 Beekman Road
    hopewell junction, NY 12533
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  • Interment

    Hopewell Cemetery
    143 Beekman Road
    hopewell junction, NY 12533
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Posted at 01:53pm
To the Family:
Very sorry for your loss. In the days, weeks, months ahead may you be comforted by the memories of the good times you shared together and the promises found at Isaiah 26:19 and John 11:23,24.


Fred Robbins

Posted at 09:10am
David and Jan have been our dear friends and nextdoor neighbors for 35 years.
They have known our two sons since they were born, and were "Aunt" and "Uncle"
from the start. We spent many an enjoyable get-together with them, sometimes over
dinner, sometimes over the fence, sometimes at church. Fred was blessed to have
recorded one ultimate example of his woodworker talents, a shining example
of his intelligence, determination, and instructor skills.

Dear Jan, our prayers for you and your extended family, and hopes that you will be
comforted with the peace that now surrounds David.

Fred & Lynn Robbins

Jim Sullivan Sr.

Posted at 08:26pm
Mrs. Bushey, my deepest condolences to you and your family with the loss of Mr. Bushey. He always had a smile and a kind word for anyone he met. He was instrumental in my days in High School, he was truly in the right profession. May he rest in peace, my thoughts and prayers are with and your family during this time. Take care and God Bless.

Vito Pinto

Posted at 04:12pm
To Jan, Margaret and Richard, In-laws, nieces and nephews,
I was informed of David’s passing by Jerry Esposito, Beta Contact emissary. I also read it in today’s Journal News. He was definitely Loved by all Beta Brothers and everyone with whom he had contact at Oswego and Walter Panas. He was my savior when urged to pledge Beta and I had to miss the final pledge night because of my grandmothers funeral back in Tuckahoe! His understanding and care led to my being inducted for, as he put it, God and Family first! I can’t begin to tell you how that made me feel. He was also a good leader in all of our Beta functions especially the Flag Football Fraternity League. I had, on several occasions, met David at various Guidance programs; The College Fairs for Juniors and the Career Fairs for Sophmores!
He was blessed to have the love and care for organizations in which he became involved as attested to by his obituary. May the Lord welcome him into his eternal embrace as he is reunited with his loved ones!
Vito Pinto, Beta Brother, Class of 1962

tracy (Balch) Lockhart

Posted at 07:27am
Jan, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Bushey. He touched so many lives in High School. Especially Mine. Prayers and Thoughts to you.

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