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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
Fax: (518) 664-3046
Richard Stipano

Richard Stipano

Saturday, June 20th, 1942 - Saturday, March 9th, 2019
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BALLSTON SPA - Richard “Dick” Stipano passed away on March 9, 2019, at his winter home in Aiken, SC. Dick was born June 20, 1942, the son of Albert and Lena Cagnina Stipano. In 1984, he married Marlene Caruso Stipano of Mechanicville, NY. Father of Robin, Claudine (Sanjay) Pande, Melissa (Nathan) Mitkoff, Danielle (Louis) Miranda, Matthew and Maria. Survived by his brother Robert Stipano of Philadelphia, PA, and grandchildren; Deven and Francesca Pande, Michael and Addison Miranda, Jacob, Benjamin and David Mitkoff as well as his loving canine companions Augie and Roma.

A 1961 graduate of Linton High School, he attended the University of Rhode Island on a full football scholarship, majoring in Physical Education. After college he taught in Binghamton, returning to the area to teach at Mechanicville City Schools for the next 39 years. He was the Mechanicville Red Raiders Varsity football, and boys/girls track coach for many years. Following his passion for football, he was Assistant Coach for the semi-pro Albany Metro Mallers, Assistant Coach at RPI, Head Coach at the LaSalle Institute, and Head Coach at HVCC, ending his coaching career at Stillwater Central Schools.

In 1974, Dick was named Coach of the Year by the Capital District Touchdown Club Inc. The Mechanicville Athletic Hall of Fame honored Dick in 2016 for his time as their Football and Track Coach. He was honored again by them in 2018, with his 1967 football team, undefeated 8-0 Colonial Council Champions.

Dick’s other interests included his dogs, playing poker, horses, riding and team roping with his fellow cowboys. He will be greatly missed by his long-time friends and colleagues.

A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, at All Saints on the Hudson Church(St. Paul’s), 121 North Main Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118. Those wishing to attend are asked to arrive at the church at 10:45AM. The Celebration will begin promptly at 11AM with memories shared by fellow coaches and former players, remembering a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. At NOON, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held followed by a private Christian burial at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mechanicville Football Booster Club, 85 Calhoun Dr., Troy, NY 12182, or the American Heart Association, 4 Atrium Dr #100, Albany, NY 12205.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:00am
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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    Please arrive at 10:45AM. Celebration will begin promptly at 11AM.
  • Service

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 12:00pm
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Interment

    St. Paul's Cemetery
    Harris Avenue
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Ron Baisley

Posted at 12:29pm
Coach was a special man to say the least. He was a leader and mentor for every student he coached. It wasn't just the knowledge of football and track he passed on to us, he guided us to become responsible young adults. His concern for every student was genuine. It was my honor to know and play for him. For the last couple years a group of former football players would periodically have reunions with him. It was always great for all of us to get together with him and reminisce the good old days. Coach will be greatly missed, but will always live in our memories and stories. Salute to one of the greatest men I have had the privilege to know. My sincere condolences to his family.

DeLores P. Wright

Posted at 08:22am
The Aiken community will miss Dick and his family. Marlene ,I am so very sorry for your Loss, my family and I will continue to lift you and your family up in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you today and in the many days ahead as you digest the lost of your husband. Our LOVE is with you always !!!!! DeLores and your Aiken Friends.

Dave Bochette

Posted at 09:10pm
I enjoyed coaching with, and against, Dick. The football community will miss his contributions and his mentorship of athletes both on and off the field. My condolences to Marlene and his entire family. Rest In Peace, Coach.

John Salvadore

Posted at 04:29pm
great coach, mentor, and even a better friend. May he RIP

Patrick Peluso

Posted at 10:05am
Rest in Peace, "Coachese" as many of my friends called him. I had the honor of playing for him in his first year at Mechanicville. He was an amazing coach and an even better person. No matter what your ability was, Coach always made you feel as though you were a benefit to the team. I will miss running into him from time to time as I did, and having those brief little snippets of conversation and remembrances. We've lost a great one here.....

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