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“OUR DEEPEST CONDOLANCES TO THE ENTIRE POWE FAMILY UPON THE LOSS OF SUCH A GREAT AND HONORABLE GENTLEMAN. ALTHOUGH WE NEVER HAD THE HONOR AND PLEASURE...Read More »
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“Effie and Nomi Kaie, I wanted to let you know that I am thinking and praying for both of you. The stress of caring for a person who is ill is so...Read More »
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“If one looked up the following words in the dictionary: courage, perserverance, humility, caring, loving, gentleman -- each definition would have...Read More »
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“Effie and NomiKaie, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We feel privileged to have known such a brilliant man. We were always in awe of...Read More »
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“My sincere condolences to the family. I had the great pleasure and distinct honor to work with Ralph in the insurance business for many years, and...Read More »
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Ralph E. Powe, Esq., retired Civil Rights Attorney, whose cases include the espionage trail of Julius and Ethel Rosenburg, to the legendary Brown vs. The Board of Education, died in the early morning hours of December 22, 2007 in Cobleskill, NY.

Born to Ralph and Jessie Powe, July 7th, 1914 in Cheraw, SC.

Mr. Powe is survived by his loving wife, Effie Bennett-Powe, retired early childhood professor at SUNY Cobleskill, his son, Dr. Emile A. Powe (Dr. Jeannette Thornton), daughter, Deidre C. Powe, RPA, daughter, Nomi-Kaie Bennett; grandsons, Ralph E. Powe III (Annette), Michael J. Powe, Ethan C. Powe, Jason R. Stewart, and great-granddaughter, Lauren Powe; daughter-in-laws: Shirley Powe and Jacqueline Powe; brother-in-law, Al Greenwood, and niece Kimberly Johnson (Augustin). Predeceased by his first wife, Corinne L. Powe, sister, Jessie Greenwood, cousin Jazz Legend, Dizzy Gillespie, sons, Ralph E. Powe, Jr., and Ronald L. Powe, and grandson, Laurentz A. Powe. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and many many friends who will miss him dearly and forever love him.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM (noon) on Saturday, January 5, at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home 171 Elm St. Cobleskill. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to: National Lawyers Guild Foundation care of National Lawyers Guild 132 Nassau St. Room 922 New York, NY 10038, United Negro College Fund 8260 Willow Oaks Corp. Drive Fairfax, VA 22031, Effie Bennett-Powe Scholarship care of Lois Goblet SUNY Cobleskill, NY 12043 or Catskill Area Hospice Hope Foundation 327 West Main St. Ste. 3 Cobleskill, NY 12043.