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Obituary for Francis Emrich

Dateline: Glenville, NY
Francis L. Emrich Jr. age 87, of Glenville, New York, died peacefully with his family at his side, on February 6, at Ellis Hospital. Born October 23, 1928 in Schenectady, NY, son of the late Francis L. Emrich Sr. and Ildea (Evarts) Emrich.
Francis Emrich Jr. served as a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War and was a member of the 838th Radio Relay Company. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
Francis Emrich Jr. owned and operated Community TV in Glenville, NY. He was a member of the Schenectady Amateur Radio Association and the Schenectady Antique Radio Club as well as an avid collector and restorer of vintage radios. He enjoyed being a private pilot throughout the 1970’s taking his family on scenic flights around the capital district.
Francis held an amateur radio license for 70 years under the call letters W2VDI winning contests and awards with his Morse code communication skills. He enjoyed amateur astronomy, prompting him to build his own reflector telescope, as well as building Tesla coils in his “mad scientist” workspace.
Francis loved his cats, always having one nestled on his lap while reading his newest WWII history and astronomy magazines.
He was the beloved husband of Joan Betty (Elliott) Emrich; loving father of Bruce Francis Emrich, Bonnie Cynthia Emrich Jones, and Brian Keith Emrich.
A private memorial service will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Colonie, NY.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake NY, and they encourage you to view and leave messages on Mr. Emrich’s Book of Memories at www.TownleyWheelerFH.com.
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