Theodore Walker Sly, longtime county historian, dies at age 88

29 Oct 2019 | 03:28

Theodore Walker Sly, a lifelong area resident, entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Middletown Park in the Town of Wallkill. He was 88.

Son of Harold Herman and Mildred Malz Sly, he was born on Jan. 26, 1931, in New York City.

He was a retired teacher, having taught history at the Minisink Valley High School for many years. He was the Orange County Historian and proudly served in that capacity for 20 years.

Ted proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Life Member of the American Legion, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, and attended the North Congregational Church in Middletown.

Survivors include his sister-in-law Vera Sly; his nephew John T. Sly and his wife Antonette and their children Landon and Jackson; and several cousins. Ted was predeceased by his beloved wife Dr. Gerlinde Sly and his brother Norman Thomas Sly.

Visitation was scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the funeral home, with Reverend Leslie Mott officiating. Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum in the Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Wawayanda.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940; the Humane Society of Middletown, 142 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown, NY 10940; or the North Congregational Church, 96 North Beacon St., Middletown, NY 10940.