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William Byrne Knoble


Obituaries - 10/02/2013

Ronald C. Parslow
September 25, 2013

LAKE PLEASANT--Ronald C. Parslow, 75, of Fish Mountain Road died Wednesday, September 25, 2013 unexpectedly at home. He was born in Mineville July 24, 1938, the son of the late Robert and Lucy Parslow Slack.
Ronald was a United States Navy veteran, serving from 1956 to 1960. He married Sonja Malmberg December 16, 1961. He was employed as the assistant manager of Hamilton Lake Lodge, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and attended Lake Pleasant United Methodist Church. He was an exempt member of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department and served as a deputy for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife; Sonja Parslow of Lake Pleasant; four daughters, Tonia L. (Richard) Ammerall of Waxhaw, NC, Rhonda L. (Todd) Laurent of Lake Luzerne, Tamara D. (Alex) Maitland of Lake Pleasant and Kimberly L. (Barrie) Byrne of Speculator; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Friends may call Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Pleasant United Methodist Church, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Fish Mountain Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Speculator Fire Department or the Lake Pleasant or Grace United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at


William Byrne Knoble
September 23, 2013

DE KALB--William Byrne Knoble of De Kalb, formerly of Chestertown, died suddenly at the age of 67 years September 23, 2013.
For 40 years Bill was a full-time potter and owner of Red Truck Pottery in Chestertown. During his career he served on the New York State Council on the Arts grants panel, the Town of Chester zoning board, the Chester Public Library board and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council panel and worked with other community and arts organizations. In recent years he operated Red Truck Farm in Old De Kalb and was working toward a Bachelor of Science in Geology from St. Lawrence University. Bill held a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts (formerly Philadelphia College of the Arts) in Philadelphia.
Bill was passionate about the Adirondacks. He was both a Forty-Sixer and a Winter 46er and loved to help others achieve their climbing goals. He was a telemark skier, a sailor, an orchardist and photographer.
Bill was born in Staten Island September 24, 1945 to William Rankin Knoble and Mary Byrne Knoble. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Rocco; daughter Jessica Knoble Gray and her husband James Gray, Naomi Byrne Knoble and her partner Ann Hoang; grandchildren Sadie Elizabeth Gray and William Knoble Gray; sisters Nancy Knoble of Joseph, Ore. and Katherine Knoble of Perkasie, Pa.; Ellen’s son Jake Rotundo; and Pierre Nzuah, who has become a son to the family.
Bill never owned a cell phone, but he had two tractors. Donations can be made to a scholarship fund being established by the St. Lawrence University Geology Department in Bill’s honor; to North Country Public Radio; or to Bat Conservation International.
An occasion to remember and celebrate Bill’s life was held Friday, September 27, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton in Canton.
Those who attended were invited to bring objects to display during the service in honor of Bill. Online condolences can be made at


Richard Charles (Dick) Diedrich
September 22, 2013

SCHENECTADY--Richard Charles (Dick) Diedrich, 86, of Schenectady died peacefully Sunday, September 22, 2013.
He was born in 1927 to the late Clyde and Mildred Diedrich of Tonawanda. In the mid-1940s the family moved to Piseco in the Adirondacks and Dick joined the Air Force during World War II. After serving his country Dick worked in the family business, Clyde’s Restaurant, and for the Town of Arietta. He took the janitor’s position at the Piseco School when it opened in 1950. While at the school Dick met his soon to be wife Anne Miller, a teacher at the school; they married in 1952. He left Piseco after a few years and earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Buffalo State College (in three years) and returned to the Adirondacks to teach at the Piseco School and then Wells High School. Dick received his master’s degree and then his PhD in Mathematics Education, both from Syracuse University. He started his career at Buffalo State College in 1964, first teaching mathematics and then as an administrator. After an early retirement, he ran the computer department at Bishop’s Welding Supply in Tampa, Fla. before returning to his roots in New York (Piseco and Schenectady) in 2002.
Dick is survived by Anne, his loving wife of 61 years, of Schenectady; son Alan (Beth) of Schenectady; daughter Barbara of Atlanta, Ga.; grandsons Russell of Norfolk, Va. and Samuel of Schenectady; brother Robert of Schenectady; sister Barbara Parslow (Gordon) of Piseco; brother-in-law Archie Miller (Bobbie) of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Clyde and sisters-in-law Rena and Helen of Piseco.
He was a devoted husband and father and a loving and fun grandfather, with a sense of humor, sweet tooth, imagination, and endless curiosity that will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mathematics Department Fund for a scholarship in the memory of Dr. Richard Diedrich. Send donations to the Buffalo State College Foundation, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, CLEV 305, Buffalo NY 14222.
A memorial service will be held at Lake Pleasant United Methodist Church in Lake Pleasant Saturday, October 5, at 11 a.m.


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