Patrick Albert DelGrande, D.D.S., 91 of Hillsdale, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday August 11, 2019 after a short illness and related hospitalization under palliative care at Great Barrington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
He was born on May 15, 1928 in Rochester, NY to Albert and Philomena (Giordano) DelGrande.
Dr. DelGrande (almost universally known as “Dr. Pat”) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1950, and his dental degree from New York University in 1956. While still attending dental school, he entered the Naval Dental Corp as an Ensign where he began to see patients at the Naval Health Clinic in the Brooklyn Naval Yard. He then served aboard the U.S.S Tidewater, a Destroyer Tender deployed predominantly in the Mediterranean Sea during the Cold War before returning stateside, where, promoted to Lieutenant he served at the Naval Health Clinic at Marine Corps Base Quantico near Triangle, Virginia. Used primarily for training purposes, MCB Quantico is known as the "Crossroads of the Marine Corps”. Pat was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in the spring of 1960. Upon leaving the Navy, Pat and his wife Yvonne relocated to Hillsdale NY when he joined the staff at the Rip Van Winkle Clinic, a forerunner to what we know today as an HMO. In 1964, he and Dr. Irma Waldo opened a shared private practice on Route 22. Pat was a Fellow, Board Member and Scientific Session Chairman in the American Endodontic Society. He retired in 2016, having been a dentist for 60 years.
Active in the community, he was a Scoutmaster for Troop 126 in Hillsdale, served on the Taconic Hills’ School Board as both a board member and President, was a volunteer and member of numerous St. Bridget’s (now Our Lady of Hope’s) Roman Catholic Church committees in Copake Falls and worked with pastors since the early 1960’s to foster good stewardship. Pat was also an active member of the Roe-Jan Lions Club, affiliated with Lions Club International for over 5 decades, a member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and founder of the Molasses Hill & Western Train Club in Hillsdale, located in the basement of his office, where he and three generations of Club members entertained hundreds over the years with their semi-annual “Train Shows”.
On April 19, 1952 in Rochester, NY he married Yvonne Brownell. They were married for 65 years, as she predeceased him on October 18, 2017 after a long illness battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
Survivors include his children, Charles and wife Patricia DelGrande of Chicago, IL, Michael DelGrande of Philadelphia, PA, Patricia Del Grande of San Francisco, CA, Lori and Patrick Sterrett of Dallas, TX and Tom DelGrande of Cincinnati, OH; and his grandchildren, Mary DelGrande of Chicago, IL, Kathleen DelGrande of Austin, TX, Zoe DelGrande of Philadelphia, PA, Kyle Richards of Los Angeles, CA, Amy and Sophie Richards of San Francisco, CA, Michael Sterrett of Miami, FL, Travis and Zachary Sterrett of Indianapolis, IN, Alexandra and Javier DelGrande of Cincinnati, OH and Justin Johnson of Charlotte, NC.
Pat was pre-deceased by his daughter Mary Jo DelGrande in 1976.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday August 16, 2019 at 10 AM from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls with the Rev. William White officiating.
Interment will follow immediately thereafter in St. Bridget’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be on Thursday August 15, 2019 from 5-7 PM at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, located at 8063 NY-22, Copake, NY 12516.
Memorial contributions may be offered to The Hudson Lions Club, P.O. Box 252, Stottville, NY 12172, in memory of Patrick DelGrande.