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Charles G.P. Contessa

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Cobleskill- Charles G.P. Contessa, 62, died February 4, 2014 at the Schoharie IRA House on Pine Street after a brief illness.

Charles was born September 22, 1951 in New York City, NY and was the son of Antonino G. and Nathalie (Peugnet) Contessa.

He arrived at the Pine Street IRA facility in 2008 from the River Street ARC residence in Middleburgh and began participation in the "Day Program" up until his illness. Charles was a man who knew what he wanted and expressed it freely. He enjoyed listening to music, especially "The Blues", The Grateful Dead, and the Beasty Boys. He loved antique cars, trains, remote control cars, van rides to the local Wal-Mart and Dunkin Donuts and neck massages. His quick learning skills allowed him to drive his electric wheelchair around the house while giving commands for the staff to "get in the kitchen and cook something!" He will be truly missed by the Pine Street IRA staff, the entire Schoharie County ARC administration and staff, as well as his roommate, the "other" Charlie as he was known.

A funeral service will be held at 10 am, Monday, February 10, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 138 Washington Ave., Cobleskill, NY. A calling hour will be held from 9 am to 10 am prior to the service. Spring Interment will be in Middleburgh Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm Street, Cobleskill, and Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh.