Neil A. TaberAltamont- Neil A. Taber, 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 5, 2019, after a courageous battle with several medical conditions that had developed over his last year and a half. Neil was an active, loving, family man who strongly believed in civilly serving his country and community. Neil grew up in Knox in a family of seven boys. He became a charter member of the Knox Fire Department as a young man. Long with his identical twin brother, Neil joined the Army Airforce before finishing High School to serve WWII. Neil married his loving wife Dorothy in 1949 and soon starting raising a family of four boys bad two girls in a home they bought on Altamont Blvd., where he has since lived with his wife. Neil was dedicated to and worked hard to support his family. He retired from GE after 34 years as a steam fitter. He also worked part time for the Altamont Police Department and Albany County Sheriff's Department. Neil proudly served as the Altamont Village Justice for 32 years. Neil was a member of the Altamont Fire Department for over 25 years and during his retirement he served many years as the daytime driver for the Altamont Rescue Squad. Neil had a fun side to him. He was the pilot for the Albany Skydivers for many years where he had many exciting experiences. Neil enjoyed many hobbies with his family and friends that included: golfing, bicycling, hunting, fishing, boating, piloting full sale Cessna's and RV model airplanes/helicopters. Neil was also the long -time president of the Helderberg Rod and Gun Club where the trap field is named in his honor. Neil is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy; his children Gregory N. Taber, Gary D. Taber, Shelly E. Taber, Ronald L. Taber and Randel E. Taber; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Neil was predeceased by his daughter Beth Conway Taber. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4-7PM at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont, NY with a service to follow with Rev. Gary Taber officiating. A committal service will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM in the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery, 186 Oakwood Avenue, Troy, with interment to follow.
May God comfort each of you during this time. Through his Word he assures us that he will replace death with life, sickness with perfect health and suffering with joy. He yearns to bring back many who have fallen asleep in death, to see them live again right here on earth under the best of conditions. Isaiah 33:24 John 5:28,29 Psalms 37:29
Annette May 10 2019 12:00 AM
We here at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, where "your" Gary is "our Assisting Pastor Gary," extend our deepest Christian sympathy to all your family. Of course, to this your loss our Lord Jesus Christ bursts forth from His grave to give Eternal Life to all who believe in Him -- and your beloved father Neil has been the FULL RECIPIENT OF THAT MARVELOUS GIFT! May you all know this "Peace that passes all understanding" from our Gracious Prince of Peace. The Peace of The Lord be with you all! To Gary and all the family -- God loves you! And so do we! Pastor Justin Kollmeyer
Pastor Justin Kollmeyer May 9 2019 12:00 AM
My condolences to family and friends of Neil, I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.On Jan.30, 1982 Neil was the pilot of a Cessna 206, flying out of the Knox airport for Albany Skydivers Para-Ski meet. I was one of the skydivers. The weather was terrible and the plane was packed with jumpers. Neil had a hard time getting enough lift for takeoff, but kept his head and flew between the hugh snowbanks and the power lines! Without his expertise, I might not have been able to enjoy years of raising kids and now grandkids. I will be there today with the Patriot Guard to render honor and respect. RIP Neil, and thank you for your service and our freedom.
Don Miller May 9 2019 12:00 AM
I worked with Neil many years ago in the Albany County Sheriffs Department . He was My Lt. and a great guy to work for. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Henry Lasher Jr May 8 2019 12:00 AM
We were saddened to hear of Neils death. Our condolences to his family..
The Quay family May 7 2019 12:00 AM
Honored to be his son.
Randal Taber May 7 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Neil Taber
Randal Taber May 7 2019 12:00 AM
Gary, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your father will continue to live through your memories and the stories that you will share with the people who knew him. Terry
Terry Ralph May 7 2019 12:00 AM
Sylvia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Neil was a true Patriot, serving his Country and later his community. Thank you for your service Sir! The 'torch' has passed and you may now rest in peace. You will be remembered by many, including me. It will be my honor to escort you respectfully to your final resting place with dignity!
Ed & Sylvia Czuchrey May 6 2019 12:00 AM
my deepest sympathy to the entire Taber family.
Barry Nelson May 6 2019 12:00 AM