Pitkin, Joseph M.

Albany Times Union - - NATION / WORLD -

HAGAMAN — Joseph M. Pitkin, lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther passed away Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, at his home in Hagaman.

Son of Corliss and Mary (Car­ney) Pitkin, he was born in Corinth on De­cem­ber 12, 1937. A spe­cial­ist in the U.S. Army Re­serves, he served dur­ing the Ber­lin Cri­sis and was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1966. He re­ceived his PH.D. in me­chan­ics from Rens­se­laer Polytech­nic In­sti­tute in 1982, while work­ing as an engi­neer at Knolls Atomic Power Lab­o­ra­tory, from which he re­tired in 2000.

A de­vout fam­ily man, Joe is sur­vived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Jeanne; his five chil­dren, Michael (Ja­nis) Pitkin of Burnt Hills, Stephen Pitkin of Clifton Park, An­drew (Adriana) Pitkin of Brook­lyn, Christina (Brian) Mi­lan of Cy­press, Texas, and El­iz­a­beth (Emilio) Nunez of New York, and his six grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by his four sis­ters, Su­san Lee of Clifton Park, Nancy (Christo­pher) Clark of Ber­wyn, Pa., Mau­reen Dra­ganchuk of Ash­burn, Va., and Jacque­line Van­noy of Port Lud­low, Wash.; and was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents and his brother, David Pitkin.

Joe shared his love of clas­si­cal mu­sic with his fam­ily, re­lax­ing at the pi­ano many evenings. He also en­joyed solv­ing en­gi­neer­ing and math prob­lems, wood­work­ing and re­viv­ing fur­ni­ture, and vol­un­teer­ing for his church. He loved to learn and had an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for for­eign lan­guage, as well as an un­canny abil­ity to re­count his­tor­i­cal facts and dates, even while re­lat­ing his child­hood sto­ries. He will be re­mem­bered for his ’punny’

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