John (Jack) Henry Price, 86, of the Town of Newburgh entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 3, 2016.
Jack was born in New York City on January 5, 1930 to Albert F. and Agnes Collins Price. With his parents, two brothers and two sisters they moved to Acra, Greene County, NY. He graduated from Cairo Central High School with the class of 1949. Jack was an excellent athlete and varsity letterman for soccer, basketball, and baseball. He proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Okinawa during the Korean War from 1951-1954 where he served as a radar chief. He was a member and a catcher for the AAA Cats Baseball team and was part of the all-star champion team.
Jack's career was one where he was always using his hands, a ruler and had a pencil behind his ear. He was a site engineer with Clarke and Rapuano Associates during the building of the NYS Thruway and the Southern Tier Expressway. He also worked with Steel Style Corporation and Quickway Metal Fabricators. Jack was a member of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith Union of America. He would also spend time at home building tables and shelves for his home and his children's homes.
Throughout Jack's life he continued to be active as a golfer and skier. He was member of Shawangunk Country Club. He was formerly a member of Newburgh Country Club and Otterkill Country Club where he was the Senior Club Champion in 1987. He was very active in the development and implementation of the Orange County Junior Golf Program.
Jack is best known as "Alpine Jack" as his passion was skiing and teaching skiing. He began his skiing career at Hunter Mountain in 1959 when Hunter was being developed by the Hammerstein Corporation. When Hunter opened in January of 1960, Jack was a member of the ski patrol. He taught and skied with Christopher Plummer, Shelley Winters, Larry Hagman, Tammy Grimes and Jimmie Hammerstein. In the early 60's, Jack became a member of the Karl Plattner Ski School for many years before teaching at Windham. He was a member of the Professional Ski Instructors Association of America. Jack was a ski instructor with over 30 years of service under Franz Krickl in the Snow Sports School at Windham Mountain Resort until last year. At Windham Mountain, Alpine Jack was admired for his true love of teaching skiing, his warm greetings and of course his beloved Tyrolean hat with pins representing all the places around the world where he skied. He was a legend! In addition to the thousands of people that followed him down the mountain in lessons, his favorite time on the slopes was skiing with his wife, three kids and seven grandkids. With his famous yodel and a tapping of his ski poles we all would follow him in his tracks as he made perfect, round turns. He is the reason why all three of his children are now ski coaches/instructors.
Jack was also a loving family man. He was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren and never gave up a moment to share a story about his family. His family will always remember their family trips which always were an adventure. Family trips involved long hours on the road in the family station wagon traveling all over from Florida to Colorado to Canada.
Jack was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lake R. C. Church, a volunteer with Meal on Wheels of Greater Newburgh, a former Orange County 4-H Leader as well as a Boy Scout Leader, an avid coin collector, and he loved the NY Yankees and the Giants.
Jack is survived by his wife, the former Darlene Tenny, of 47 years(February 2, 1969); two sons: Eric (Andrea) and their children: Sierra, Jack and Makenna of Franconia, NH; Christopher (Kate) and their children: Piper and Ty of Bow, NH; and his daughter, Gretchen (Kurt) Muller and their children: Anya and Nadia of Jericho, Vermont; two sisters: Elizabeth Gallagher of Freehold, NY and Dolores (Robert) Hayes of Montgomery, NY; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert F. and Agnes Collins Price; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert and Marion Price and Richard and Lorna Price; his nephew, Terry Gallagher; his niece Carmela Price; and great niece, Jessica Morris.
Visitation will be held from 3-7pm on Monday, March 7th at White and Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road (Route 32), Newburgh. A funeral mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8th at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Route 52 (Orange Lake), NY. Burial to follow the mass with military honors at Orange County Veteran's Cemetery in Goshen, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Women Wounded Warriors Program/Equipment Fund, Adaptive Sports Foundation, P.O. Box 266, 100 Silverman Way, Windham, NY 12496.