Mayor Eugene R. Christopher, 88, of Union Street, Broadalbin, died Thursday evening, April 13, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Broadalbin on December 8, 1928, a son of Victor and Clara Crannell Christopher and was a 1945 graduate of Broadalbin High School. In 1947, Gene graduated from Albany Business School. He was a lifelong village resident.
Mr. Christopher was employed at Bigelow-Sandford, formerly of Amsterdam and later at DeLuke Ready-Mix of Scotia. He was the general manager of Electric City Concrete of Scotia, and retired from Cranesville Block Co., as comptroller, in 2008.
Mr. Christopher served the village of Broadalbin as a trustee beginning in 1976 and was appointed as mayor in 1991 upon the death of then mayor Larry Olmstead. He was elected as mayor in 1992 and served until 2005, choosing not to run for re-election due to heart bypass surgery. In 2007, Eugene was once again elected mayor and continued serving until his death.
Gene was a 50 year member of the Broadalbin United Methodist Church and served as superintendent of Sunday school at one time.
He was a 35 year member of the Kennyetto Fire Company and served seven years with the National Guard.
He was married to Jacqueline Cooker Christopher on May 28, 1950. She died January 30, 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Garrison Christopher, whom he married on March 14, 2015; a son, David (Sharon) Christopher of Cape Coral, FL; a daughter, Carol Mattioni of Gloversville; a brother, Victor J. Christopher Jr. of Broadalbin; a sister, Vivian Bush of Fort Edward; five grandchildren, Rebecca, Jonathan, Heather, Michael, and Sarah; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown. A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home by a former pastor and friend of the family. Burial will follow at the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the UW Foundation-Cush it to the Limit, in care of the funeral home.