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William R. Vajda
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Leatherstocking Honor Flight
    PO Box 621
    Cobleskill, NY 12043

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“Daddy, Sorry this took long but I just didn't wanna believe my daddy left, I guess I am being selfish. You showed us the world thru your eyes and...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Doreen S. Vajda - Lehigh Acres, FL

“Thoughts to all Bill was a great man and wonderful Dad and Grandfather. He will be missed ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Jeannine Arnold - Neptune, NJ

“Gramps,I'm beyond sad that I was unable to come to the services today, but am grateful mom and I got to see you in the hospital last wk. It's never...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Sarah Tomek - Nashville, TN

“As a very small child, I grew up calling him the bun man', my Dad's best friend. He would always call me little man'. Every Saturday morning he...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Brian Conboy - Old Tappan, NJ

“Dearest Bill , Thanks for the best times at your house. The Little Bastard and the Thanksgiving we all gathered. I'll miss you. Love and Peace,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: cynthiaganley - tintonfalls, NJ

“Dear Brother Bill,You were one in a million and a competitor to the end. As promised, you did live longer than Dad. You were always optimistic and...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Shirley Vajda Michel - Chandler, AZ

“Hi Gramps, You were a heck of a guy and I couldn't have asked for a better man to be my granddad. Thank you for being present at every important life...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Danielle Vajda - Jefferson, NY

“RIP ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Debbie Dillon - Bergenfield, NJ

“Dad, I'm so happy Sarah and I were able to make it up to see you and tell you how much we love you. You've always been one of the kindest, most...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Kiki Tomek - Wall Twp, NJ

“I will always cherish my years with you, Daddy and will always have wonderful memories of you. May God wrap His arms around you till we see each...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: diannevajda - tinton falls, NJ

“dear dad, i am so honored to be your son and i will never forget all the great times we had together. i could not wait till the work week was done...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: jeffreycvajdasr - oneonta, NY

“To all the Vajda Family, I am so sad to hear of your loss,but may the MEMORIES you have of him live on forever! He was so blessed to have you all !...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Maureen CONBOY Demartini - Ramsey, NJ

“So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill's passing. He will be missed but I think he and Aunt Terry are glad to be together again. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Tony and Lis Conboy - Hawthorne, NJ


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Richmondville- William R. Vajda, 89, of Brooker Hollow Road, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

Born June 23, 1924 in Dumont, NJ, he was the son of Stephen and Anna (Yurina) Vajda. Following high school, Bill proudly joined the United States Army Air Force and was an armored gunner in World War II. In 1946, he received an honorable discharge after three years of service as a corporal.

Bill came home and began his career as a carpenter, starting his family business. Upon retirement in 1990, he moved to the home he had built in Richmondville. Bill was also a volunteer driver for Schoharie County Office For the Aging Meals on Wheels Program.

In his younger years, Bill lettered in all four sports, and continued being an avid sports fan. He also found great pleasure in hunting, fishing, and mostly gardening.

He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa, who died February 9, 2013.

Survivors include his two sons: William Vajda of Worcester, Jeffrey Vajda, Sr. of Oneonta; three daughters: Kiki Tomek of Neptune, NJ, Dianne Vajda of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Doreen Vajda of Lehigh Acres, FL; four grandchildren : Jeffery, Danielle, and Jaimi Vajda, all of Oneonta, and Sarah Tomek of Nashville, TN; and his sister: Shirley (Harold) Michel of Chandler, AZ.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. Officiating will be Father Ronald Green of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Worcester. A committal service will follow at 1:00 PM at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery with military honors. Family and friends are also invited to attend a period of visitation to be held at the funeral home from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leatherstocking Honor Flight, PO Box 621, Cobleskill, NY 12043.