Fort Ann, New York – Roy Taylor “R.T.” Rathbun, previously from North Granville, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022, in his home at the age of 85. He was born Oct. 28, 1936.
Roy was well known in the community and lived a long and full life, filled with many friends and adventures.
He was a die-hard Yankee fan and loved his Ford trucks. He took great pride in his lawn and in his home and was always busy working on something. His favorite vacation spot was the ocean in Maine, where he and his wife Deborah went on many trips. Roy frequented local establishments, including Battle Hill Brewing Company, the Pine Grove Diner, and Scrappy’s Diner.
Roy lived a life of service. He proudly served and retired from the Army National Guard of New York as staff sergeant with 29 years of service. He worked for 13 years at Binches until becoming a New York State corrections officer. He retired after 29 years of service from Great Meadow Correctional Facility. He also was the fire and safety officer for many years while employed at Great Meadow and a member of the DOCS CERT team. Once “retired,” Roy enjoyed working part-time at American Hardware in Granville for more than 20 years.
Roy was one of the first Washington County fire investigators and a lifetime member of the North Granville Hose Company Inc. He served on the board of directors for Great Meadow Federal Credit Union, was a member of American Legion Post #323 and enjoyed many motorcycle trips with the Legion Riders and was also a long-time member of the Border Riders Snowmobile Club and the Northeast Rough Riders Snowmobile Club. In addition, Roy was trustee of the North Granville Cemetery Association.
Roy was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Grace (Taylor) Rathbun and his siblings Phyllis Duel, Sylvia Fontaine and Leonard Rathbun.
He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Rathbun and his children James (Linda) Rathbun, Tammy (Kevin) Parker, Penny (Gabe) Paruolo and Robert (Colleen) Rathbun. He also had special relationships with his children through marriage: Lisa Panteli, Jennifer (Thomas) Jones-Ruffing, Jason (Jessica) Fifield, James Fifield, and Janee (Joshua) Prevost. He was blessed with 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed watching his grandkids’ sporting events. Roy also is survived by his siblings Edward (Dorothy) Rathbun, Raymond (Linda) Rathbun and Bernadette (Ron) Woods, several nieces and nephews and many special friends, including Bill McIntyre, Wendy Hunter, Bob Jones and Bud Ritchie.
Calling hours will be Thursday, April 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church Street, Granville. The family requests that masks be worn.
On Friday, April 29, there will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. at the North Granville Cemetery, 10387 State Route 22, Granville, New York, and immediately following will be a celebration of life at the Granville American Legion Post #323, 10 Columbus St., Granville.
In honor of Roy’s memory, donations may be made to American Legion Post #323, 10 Columbus St., Granville, New York.
Online condolences may be made at robertmkingfuneralhome.com.