COEYMANS – David Edwin Austin, 79, passed away peacefully at home
surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, July 4. Dave was born
March 5, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Marlboro High
School near Newburg, NY, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and the
University of Gwelph in Ontario, Canada, then enlisted for a term of
service in the U.S. Army. Afterward, Dave moved to Albany County
where he worked as a Wildlife Biologist for NY DEC, Delmar Unit. He
met and married Barbara DeGraff, and they settled in the Town of
Coeymans in 1968 to raise their family. Dave retired from EnCon in
1991, and spent more than 20 years as a volunteer with Selkirk Boy
Scout Troop 81, planning and attending many trips with the scouts,
and serving as a mentor for many Eagle Scout candidates. Dave also
volunteered at fundraiser events for the Coeymans Hollow Fire
Department, and traveled the country to visit family and see
David was predeceased by his father and stepmother Edwin and Clara
Austin, his mother Helen Tracy Austin, his wife Barbara DeGraff
Austin, his son Alex Austin, his brother Raymond Austin, and his
sister Barbara Beresford-Matthews.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ted and Mary Austin,
and grandchildren Nikkole, JT, and Matthew of Roaring Brook Twp.,
PA. He is also survived by his brother Frederick Austin of
Wisconsin, stepsister Julie Darrigan (world traveler), stepsister
Kathy Justino of Newburg, NY, a number of siblings-in-law, many
cousins and numerous nieces and nephews and all their children in
many states. He was beloved “Uncle Dave” to a multitude.
Friends and Family are invited to give their respects at Babcock
Funeral Home, 19 Pulver Ave, Ravena, NY on Sunday, July 12 from 11
AM to 3 PM. Memorial gatherings and interment at Chuctanunda
Cemetery in Scotch Bush, NY will be at later dates.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Selkirk Boy Scout
Troop #81, c/o 1st Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Road,
Selkirk, NY 12158.