John Robert Ford, 71, a longtime resident of Dover Plains, NY, died on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT. Mr. Ford began his police career in the New York City Police Department and later worked with the White Plains Police Department and as a police captain at SUNY Purchase retiring with 36 years of dedicated service. After his retirement, Mr. Ford served as an administrative court judge at SUNY Purchase where he met Dayton Tucker, the current Chief of Police.
Born on September 21, 1946 in White Plains, NY, he was the son of the late Charles Ford, Sr. and Ruth (Murray) Ford Astrolko. Mr. Ford proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On December 2, 1978 at Trinity Lutheran Church in White Plains, NY he married Suzanne Seitz who survives at home.
Mr. Ford was a member of the American Legion Post #112 in Hawthorne, NY and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chief Benevolent Association. For many years, he served as head usher at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Pawling and with three fellow parishioners, initiated the Church’s Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Garden. The Remembrance Garden included a solemn display of more than 400 American flags with the names and service of deceased veterans. Every Memorial Day, Mr. Ford helped coordinate a service held at the garden with the American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215 in Pawling that included a color guard and laying of a memorial wreath that he and fellow event founders donated. He was also an active member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and is survived by his four breeding dogs, Europe, Genevieve, Alexander and Marcie. John will be remembered for his smile and a wave of the hand for everyone he met.
Mr. Ford is survived by his daughter, Dawn Holliday of Columbia, MO; a sister, Mary Pastuszak, and her husband, Bruce, of Danbury, CT and two grandchildren, Connor Holliday and Audrey Holliday. He is also survived by a niece, Leah Reeves of Norwalk, CT and a nephew, James Mattoni of Indiana. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ford was predeceased by a brother, Charles Ford, Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Ave, Pawling, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; American Legion Post #112, 52 Garrigan Ave, Thornwood, NY 10594 ; Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 22 Coulter Ave, Pawling, NY 12564. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.
“I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.” – Sojourner Truth