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Richard 'Rick' H. Gedney, Jr.

December 19, 1948 ~ January 14, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Richard H. Gedney Jr., 74, of Philipstown, passed away January 14, 2023 after a long battle with pneumonia.

Rick was born December 19, 1948, in Port Chester, New York, the son of Richard H. and Sarah (Abrams) Gedney. He grew up in Rye and graduated from Rye High School, where he played football and baseball and was a member of a band, The Lonely Souls. He went on to graduate from Franklin College in Indiana with a degree in art. There he met his first wife, Barbara Myers (deceased). They raised their two daughters in White Plains. Rick went into the banking industry and throughout, he maintained his love and desire to paint and play music, teach guitar and play at family holiday gatherings. He was president of the White Plains Historical Society for a number of years.

Rick took an opportunity for early retirement to focus on art and music. He met his second wife, Michele, through his pursuit of music and they began collaborating on original material as a duo called Open Book, recording four albums over more than two decades as touring musicians.

In 2009, Rick and Michele moved to Philipstown, an area that he was drawn to by the beauty of the landscape that he had begun painting. In his home studio, he painted daily, producing a body of work that is reflective of his spiritual connection with nature. His work has appeared in galleries across the Hudson Valley, with a successful solo exhibition in his hometown of Cold Spring in 2022. Rick was a board member of The Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring. He and Michele are co-founders and teachers at an annual songwriting retreat, led by Dar Williams, called “Writing a Song That Matters.” Rick also taught guitar to many kids in his community.

Rick is survived by his wife, Michele; his daughters, Kristin (Mark), Sarah (Tim) and Lindsay; his grandsons, Andrew, James, Charlie and Theo; his siblings Devon, Rex (Laura Lee) and Allyson (Lloyd); his mother-in-law, Regina; his sisters-in-law, Alison (Ric) and Liza (Jordan); and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family, his wide circle of friends in the art and music worlds and everyone who has been touched by his brilliant talent, kindness, generosity and humor.

Memorial donations may be made to The Chapel Restoration, 45 Market Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516 (https://chapelrestoration.org/donate/), where A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, New York. To offer a message of condolence or share fond memories, please visit Rick’s tribute page at: www.LibbyFuneralHome.com

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Services

A Celebration of Life Gathering
Saturday
January 28, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Chapel Restoration
45 Market Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Private Interment

Cold Spring Cemetery
36 Peekskill Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516

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The Chapel Restoration
P.O. Box 43, Cold Spring NY 10516
Tel: 1-845-265-5537
Web: https://chapelrestoration.org/donate/

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