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Richard W. Sage Jr.

Associate Director of Adirondack Ecological Center Dies


Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home
Schroon Lake, New York

Richard W. Sage Jr., devoted husband and father, died unexpectedly Tuesday.

Born July 22, 1944, he was the son of Richard Sr. and Rita Powers Sage, who currently reside in Queensbury, N.Y.

Mr. Sage, 58, of Newcomb, was associated director of the Adirondack Ecological Center. Since 1968, he had been affiliated with the center, which is part of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

He served as a forester and wildlife technician before becoming associate director in 1980. In that position, he coordinated all the research, instruction and public service programs conducted through the center. He was the college's liaison with the Adirondack Park Agency and the town of Newcomb.

Earlier this year, he was awarded the President's ESF Public Service Award. In 1997, he received the Environmental Science Award from the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board in recognition of forestry and conservation contributions to the Adirondack environment.

Mr. Sage was chairman of the Town of Newcomb Planning Board and past vice president of the Newcomb Central School Board of Education. He was also a member and past president of the Newcomb Lions Club and a member of the Town of Newcomb Industrial Development Group.

He was previously involved with the youth of the town of Newcomb, coaching Little League, as a Cub Scout leader, and organizer of the Naturalist Club.

Mr. Sage enjoyed spending time outdoors canoeing, fishing and, most important, spending summer vacations with family on Lake George, N.Y., and at Rich Lake in Newcomb. There wasn’t one day that he wasn’t excited to be with whomever he was with or doing whatever he had planned. His sincere enthusiasm for life, family and kids is a testament to the unique and wonderful person he was.

Mr. Sage is survived by his wife of 33 years, Brenda Tierson, two daughters, Kelly Sage Betters of Lake George and Amy Ingalsbe of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son, Richard Sage of Newcomb; two sisters, Linda Clarke of Winter Springs, Fla., and Janet Dorne of New Egypt, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 10th at Kelly’s Funeral Home, Schroon Lake. Funeral services will immediately follow the calling hours. Burial will take place at 2:30 pm at the Newcomb Methodist Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Squad. Also, a scholarship fund is being established in Mr. Sage's memory. Contributions may be made in his name to the ESF College Foundation Inc., 204 Bray Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210.

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Directions to Kelly's Funeral Home (518-532-7177):

  • From Syracuse/Albany/points south: go north on I-87 (the Northway) take Exit 27, go right from exit ramp for 1/4 mile to Route 9 take Route 9 North for 4 miles to the edge of the village of Schroon Lake funeral home is on the left, with a parking lot on the lake.
  • From Newcomb/Lake Placid/points north: go south on I-87 (the Northway) take Exit 28 for Route 9 take Route 9 South for 4 miles, going through the village of Schroon Lake funeral home is on the right, with a parking lot on the lake.