Jasper Shupe

Jasper A.D. ‘Jay’ Shupe, Jr. of Fishkill, NY, beloved husband of Jeanne Shupe, passed away on February 23, 2011. Jay was born on July 23, 1921 in Collierstown, VA to Jasper A. D. Shupe and Josephine Mitchell Shupe.

After graduation from Powhatan (Virginia) High School he came to New York City to work for Norman Bel Geddes, who built the General Motors Exhibit for the 1939 Worlds Fair. After the Worlds Fair he began his banking career with the New York Chapter, American Institute of Banking and was with a savings bank in New York City until he enlisted in the Navy on December 8, 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. His service in the Navy included participation in the invasions of Leyte and Salerno (Italy) and five invasions in the Pacific.

After the war he resumed his banking career in New Jersey, was a Federal Deposit Insurance Bank Examiner and joined the Beacon Savings Bank in 1959, serving as President from 1961 to 1974, and retired from Albany Savings Bank in December 1981.

Jay was an active member of the Beacon Kiwanis Club for over 45 years, served as club President and as a New York Lieutenant Governer and in the Seminole, FL Kiwanis Club. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Spruce Ridge Condominium Association, where he also served as Chairman of the Landscaping Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the former Highland Hospital, Beacon. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, where he and his wife sponsored an annual concert at the church in celebration of their wedding anniversary. In his later years Jay became a student of pipe organs, traveling throughout the Northeast to listen to their unique tonal qualities and learn about their construction and maintenance.

On September 19, 1942 he married Jeanne Tremblay in Metuchen, New Jersey. In addition to his wife of 68 years he is survived by his sons Jasper (Jay) Shupe, III (Wendy) of Glenville, NY and Donald Shupe (Jane) of Salisbury, NC, grandchildren David Shupe (Ronnie) of Neptune, NJ, Stephanie Shupe Comeau (Richard) of Clifton Park, NY, Renee’ Shupe of Durham, NC and four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Raymond and Finis and sisters Jane and Ruth.

Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
A memorial concert and service at the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon will be announced at a later date.

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