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David Wayne DePew

David "Wayne" DePew a life long resident of Kerhonkson, NY, lost his courageous year-long battle with cancer on Sunday, February 3, 2013. He was 62 years old. Wayne was born on May 2, 1950 in Ellenville, NY the son of David Sherman and Aileen (Twaddell) DePew.

In Wayne's teenage years, he played rhythm guitar in his band STP with some of his neighborhood friends and that's where he met Penny, the love of his life. He had graduated from Rondout Valley High School, Class of 1968 and on October 11, 1968 Wayne married Penny Campbell in Ellenville, NY. Together they raised their family in his favorite place on Earth, the Hamlet of Kerhonkson for the past 45 years.

As a young man, Wayne went right to work as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Ellenville, later becoming Post Master in Wawarsing and retiring after 34 years in 2005. In June 1989, Wayne was appointed a NYS Fire Instructor with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, a division of the NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services. For his entire adult life, he was dedicated and passionate about educating firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteers throughout the state.

Wayne was a Life Member of his beloved Kerhonkson Volunteer Fire Company. Along with being a Past Chief and Past President, Wayne was among the very few to have held every line officer and desk officer position within the company, and currently was a long time member of the District Board of Fire Commissioners. Wayne was a charter member and current treasurer of the Friends of Historic Kerhonkson. He loved the history of Kerhonkson, often being sought out for information as the "unofficial" Hamlet of Kerhonkson historian. Wayne was a charter member and the current president of the Town of Wawarsing Volunteer Firemen's Association, now known as the Southern Ulster Public Safety Association. He was a member of the Ulster County Volunteer Firemen's Association for over 25 years. As a long time member of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association, he currently held the positions of Vice Chair of the Hazmat and Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Website Committee. He was a proud member of the Royal Order of the Blue Vests of the HVVFA. Wayne was a member of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) where he was the Volunteer Program Coordinator in charge of the outreach program designed to promote the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and every year volunteered as an Instructor for the Annual FASNY Youth Day.

Being the visionary that he was, Wayne's mission later in life was to secure funding and build a new training tower in the Town of Wawarsing for the safety and training of our local organization's firefighters and Emergency personnel.

You could always find Wayne on any Wednesday night at the firehouse. He was an avid camper and always looked forward to camping weekends, especially with the "old" Kerhonkson Camping Klub over in Ghanagote in Gardiner, NY. He was a long time dedicated manager and coach of the Indian Valley Little League and a very, very proud grandfather to his two angels and his prince, who knew him as "Papa".

Wayne is survived by his loving wife Penny. His son Christopher DePew and his wife Heather of Kerhonkson and his daughter Jennifer Bonelli and her husband Anthony of Kerhonkson. His grandchildren; Juliana Bonelli, David DePew and Olivia Bonelli. His brother Gerald DePew and his wife Helen of Kerhonkson, and his sister Patricia Panaccione of Raleigh, NC as well as his cousin, Joyce Bush of Poughkeepsie, NY. Also many, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Wayne was predeceased by a brother, Carlton DePew.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 6th from 2-4 and 6-9pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. A Firematic Memorial Service will be held at 7:30pm that evening. A Celebration of his life is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th at 11am at the Federated Church of Kerhonkson. Burial will follow at Pine Bush Cemetery, Kerhonkson.

Contributions can be made in Wayne's name to the Kerhonkson Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 62, Kerhonkson, NY 12446 and/or the Friends of Historic Kerhonkson, PO Box 421, Kerhonkson, NY 12446.

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Brian Martin - February 14th, 2013 at 12:12pm - Email
The Depew Family I took several State Fire Classes the Wayne taught I learned a lot about FireFighting from Wayne the do's and the don't and always with a smile I know I will miss Wayne at the Conventions HVVFA,UCVFA,and FASNY. God takes the Best and the Best he God. Rest in Peace Wayne God Bless.

Warren Terwilliger Family - February 11th, 2013 at 9:07am - Email
Sending prayers to your families from all of us, may God bless you in your hour of need. Wayne will be missed dearly, He was a wonderful person. Love to all, Warren, Isabel, Barry, Janet and Gary Terwilliger

steve & teresa coddington - February 7th, 2013 at 8:42pm - Email
penny & family our prayers are with you he will be missed by many steve & teresa

Cara Shulman - February 6th, 2013 at 9:21pm - Email
I am so sorry for your loss, Chris. It sounds like your father was a great man who was very loved and will be missed by all. I'm thinking of you and your family and sending warm thoughts your way.

JUDY(BROOKS) COUNTRYMAN - February 6th, 2013 at 5:13pm - Email
my thoughts are with the family

Steve and Sean Kelly - February 6th, 2013 at 2:23pm - Email
Chris , Please accept condolences from Sean and me on the passing of your father. I lost my mother recently and I know how difficult this time is. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

michael thedog raponi - February 6th, 2013 at 12:27pm - Email
heather we are sorry for the passing of your father cherish the moments no one can take them away our thoughts and prayers are with you

bill murabito - February 6th, 2013 at 12:06pm - Email
chris--sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.Please accept my best and i will remember him in my prayers.

Vaughn F Stancage - February 6th, 2013 at 11:34am - Email
With my deepest sorry to all of Wayne's family for your lost,he was truley a great man which will be missed deeply by all,vfs

Kimberly Rine-Ingraham - February 5th, 2013 at 10:28pm - Email
To the DePew Family I was sadden when I heard the news of the passing of Wayne. He will be sadly missed by all that he was in contact with. I remember my time shared with him during my years as a member of the Emerald Cadets. He was a great supporter of us as well as his family. My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow, and can only wish that your pain will soften as the time passes. Cherish the memories that will forever live on in your hearts. If I can be of any assistance, please know that I am here for you all. God Speed Wayne.

Richard Demorest - February 5th, 2013 at 10:22pm - Email
To the Depew Family & Waynes Kerhonkson Fire Co Family. My prayers and thoughts go out to you all. Wayne will be missed by many, but not forgoten . He will live on in the memories of many others who knew him through his community support he showed . My his dreams live on in his name,God Bless Him..

Marie Quick - February 5th, 2013 at 8:28pm - Email
Sincerest condolences Penny, Chris, Jenn, Jerry and the Depew family. Wayne was truly a wonderful gentle man and will be remembered for his dedication to firematics. Take comfort in pleasant memories. Marie

Ron Bernthal - February 5th, 2013 at 5:50pm - Email
So sorry for your loss, Chris, condolences to all family members.

Robert Stidd - February 5th, 2013 at 1:58pm - Email
I am a classmate of Wayne's, Rondout class of 68. After all these years started to chat with Wayne and others on Facebook. Brought back many memories. So Sorry to hear of his passing. May his accomplishments in life give you fond memories and warm hearts.

Stefan Yarabek - February 5th, 2013 at 1:14pm - Email
My sincere condolences to the entire Depew Family. I shall truly miss Waynes enthusiastic support for the Rail Trail and his community. I will press for his vision of a Fireman's Memorial Park in Kerhonkson. Perhaps , he would like all to know that he is keeping company with his forbear Chauncey Depew. May he rest in peace. Stefan Yarabek

Robert Ruston - February 5th, 2013 at 1:01pm - Email
God will welcome you to his heavenly kingdom Wayne where your friendliness, dedication to serving others, and love of family will continue. We are deeply saddened by your passing. God bless and care for your family. R. Ruston

sally e kemple - February 5th, 2013 at 12:42pm - Email
Dear Penny & Jenn, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much you will miss your loving Husband and Dad. Hold your family tight!

Ukrainain National Asc - Staff - February 5th, 2013 at 11:32am - Email
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your Family at this difficult time. May God Bless and comfort you.

Pete and Lyn Tschirky - February 5th, 2013 at 11:19am - Email
Penny, Chris and Jen, Words cannot begin to express the sorrow we have for your loss. Wayne was a great man to many people. Although not physically with us any more, his generosity and kindness will live forever in our hearts and memories. His dedication to life is apparent in so many things from his family to all the organizations that he was a "pillar" of. May he rest in peace.

Linda Flynn - February 5th, 2013 at 11:05am - Email
My family & I are sending our deepest sympathies to you & your family. When my grandson, Michael Sean Flynn, was killed in a motor vehicle on 4/7/10,Mr. DePew couldn't have been more kind to us. We only met him for such a brief time, but from then on, we knew we had met such a kind & caring person. Our thoughts & prayers are with all the family & fire community. With Sympathy, the Flynn family

MIke McGuire - February 5th, 2013 at 11:00am - Email
TO the Depew Family; It is with our hearfelt condolences that we learn of the passing of Wayne. AN individual totally committed to his family and his community, although his life has been cut too short his legacy will live on foreever through his children, grandchildren and those thousands of people whose lives he has touched through firematic services. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers and know that warm memories of this outstanding father, grandfather, husband and civic leader will fill the years that come with a healing calm. Mike and Corinne McGuire

George Bartlett - February 5th, 2013 at 9:16am - Email
Pat and Jerry sorry to hear of your loss.May god bless and give you comfort.

Linda Flanagan - February 5th, 2013 at 9:12am - Email
Penny, So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I truly enjoyed working with him thru the years with regards to the fire department and the training center. He was a kind and generous man who will be greatly missed.

Jill Somers- SCCC Nursing Program - February 5th, 2013 at 9:00am - Email
Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

WIll and Jamie BRown - February 5th, 2013 at 8:49am - Email
Chris, Heather, David and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

jo hale - February 5th, 2013 at 6:49am - Email
I am a former Ulster Cty employee - worked for a number of yrs at the Emergency Management offices (911 center) & prepared Fire Training Certificates for Wayne. I worked with Wayne over 10 or more yrs & he was always such a pleasant individual - and so organized. It was a pleasure working with in in preparing the certificates because of his attention to details. he came into the office a few yrs ago & told us he & his wife were going on a life-long dream trip to Hawaii. I was so happy for them. Later he came in again & told us how much they enjoyed the trip. Wayne never complained about his illness. he wwas very optimistic & we all hoped he would be a winner. Know the struggle must have been a difficult one - both for him & family. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. You have lost a dear husband, father & friend. My condolences, Jo Hale

Thomas Bierds - February 4th, 2013 at 7:12pm - Email
The Rockland County Fire Instructors Association wish to express our sincere sypmathy to the DePew family and friends.I have known Wayne for many years,, it was always a pleasure to sit and talk sharing ideas related to the fire service. He will be missed by the other state and county instructors here in Rockland County!

Carol Kelsey - February 4th, 2013 at 7:07pm - Email
Wayne you'll surely be missed. You taught so many always watched over us in class and at calls.now you're watching over us as our angel. Thank you. RIP

Maria C. Ingrassia - February 4th, 2013 at 7:01pm - Email
Dear Chris and Heather and family : My deepest thoughts and sympathies are with you at this very difficult time. I will remember Mr. DePew in my prayers and have a mass said for him . Please know that he is at peace and looking down on all of you now. With heartfelt Sympathy, Maria Ingrassia

Paula Cameron - February 4th, 2013 at 6:14pm - Email
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of friends of Wayne DePew

Adrian J. Garcia - February 4th, 2013 at 5:08pm - Email
Sorry for your loss. I gonna have him in my prayers.

James Heisel - February 4th, 2013 at 5:00pm - Email
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, Chris. My condolences to you and your family. Knowing you as I do, I will say if a parent's greatest legacy is contained in their children, then your dad left the world a much better place.

Robert Eiler - February 4th, 2013 at 4:58pm - Email
Sorry for your loss, God Bless.

Sari Rosenheck - February 4th, 2013 at 4:36pm - Email
I'm so sorry to hear of Chris and his family's loss of his father. Mr. DePew sounded like a wonderful family man and community member. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

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