Stanley Norman Austin

Hudson Falls/Whitehall, New York – Stanley Norman Austin, 71, of 32 Stone School House Rd. passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, at his home after a long and courageous battle with Alpha-1. He was born Nov. 4, 1949, in Ticonderoga, New York to Hanford and Doris (Johnson) Austin. Stan grew up on the family farm in Whitehall, New York, and graduated in 1968 from Whitehall Central School.

Even though he farmed for several years, he was a mechanic at heart and could fix anything that needed a wrench or a welding rod. Stan owned and operated Belmar Auto in Whitehall with his second wife Janice. Stan also enjoyed gardening and carpentry, but one of his greatest joys was his adventures traveling in his RV with his loving wife Lee and their dogs. Stan’s hobby was buying equipment that needed a little tender loving care and making it useful again with his mechanical ability. He was admired and respected by many.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, son Clayton Austin, second wife Janice Austin and brothers Donald and Kenneth Austin. He is survived by his beloved wife and soulmate of 18 years Lee McClure, beloved son Thomas (April) Austin and grandchildren Levi and Claire of Greenville, South Carolina and stepson David Austin of Whitehall. Also surviving are his brothers Jerry (Gail) of West Pawlet, Vermont, and Lawrence of Rutland, Vermont; sister Lois (John) of Pittsford, Vermont; brothers-in-law Gary (Janice) McClure of Ballston Spa, New York, and Wayne (Pat) McClure of Palmyra, New York; and sister-in-law Karen Austin of Whitehall, along with several nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to neighbor and friend Carol Desourdy, hospice caregiver Maria Loveland and best friend Orson Kingsley for their love and support.

A celebration of life and a public memorial service will be held at a date to be determined. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Stan’s memory to the Alpha-1 Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Arrangements are under the care of the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, New York.

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