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Joseph G. Pavero (Jody) III 1957 - 2018

We were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph G. (Jody) Pavero III, 61, on April 25, 2018 in Highland, NY.

Jody was born in Poughkeepsie to the late Mary Ellen and Joseph Pavero, II on February 25, 1957. He grew up in Highland where he attended St. Augustine's School, Our Lady of Lourdes High School and Marist College. He was a member of the Town of Lloyd Board of Assessors and belonged to the Italian Center in Poughkeepsie.

Jody spent his life working in the apple industry where he was President of his family business, Pavero Cold Storage. Jody was extremely passionate about his work and could always be seen driving his forklift around at the Cold Storage. He was known for his loving kindness and generosity. He loved spending his vacation time at the family house in St. Martin. In his leisure time, he enjoyed driving around in his sports cars, playing golf, and spending time with his loved ones. He had a deep love for music, especially the Beatles.

Jody is survived by his beloved wife, Missy Pavero; daughters Camille Pavero and Nicolena Netter; his brother and sister-in-law, Jeffery and Cathy Pavero; his nephew Dominic Romero; and his Aunt Mary (Chickie) Basch, 91 years old of Pompano Beach FL.

Donations made in Jody's name can be made using the "donate" link above (please include a note for that purpose) or may be sent by mail to: HVRL Inc PO Box 727, Highland NY 12528



Memorial Funds have been established in honor of the following individuals, if you'd like your donation to be added to one of these funds please include a note

Truncali Memorial Fund

Vito Truncali was born in 1932 to Italian immigrants who had settled in Marlboro in 1920 with the dream of building a fruit farm. Vito, his parents and 5 sisters did just that. His farm was his pride and joy and if he wasn't working, he wasn't happy. One of his greatest accomplishments was his invention of the Applejack. In 1970 he earned a patent for this self loading trailer that is used to transport apple bins, making the process much more efficient.

Lawrence Memorial Fund

Robert Renwick Lawrence was a lifelong farmer and Town of Newburgh resident. Born in 1925, for over 25 years he and his wife ran the the dairy farm that his grandfather farmed since 1872 while raising 5 children. In the late 60's Bob and Vonnie made the difficult choice to sell the dairy farm and start over. In 1971 they opened Lawrence Farms Orchards which eventually evolved from commercial sales orchards into a popular Pick Your Own farm. 

Bob was very active in the farming community. He served many on the Orange County Fair Board, was a life time member of the Orange County Farm Bureau and a 4H Alumni and supporter. He was a long standing member of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Hudson Valley Research Lab, the NYS Horticultural Society, Little Britain Grange and the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association.

Coy Memorial Fund

Hepworth Memorial Fund

A lifelong farmer, Garry Hepworth was born in 1933, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in pomology, and, after moving away from his family farm in Milton, lived and farmed in California, Washington, Idaho, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In retirement, to take it easy, he was a contractor in Lake Worth, FL.  His legacy of farming lives on with his family, where the seventh generation continues to farm the same land in Milton.

Porpiglia Memorial Fund

Joseph P. Porpiglia (1931 - 2014) a lifelong resident of Milton, NY married Madeline (1929-2016) in 1951.  They spent their lives in Milton where they raised their family and where Joseph was a passionate Fruit Grower and sales manager for FMC Corporation.

Bowman Memorial Fund

Raymond K. Bowman, 82, of Rexford, NY owned and operated Bowman Orchards in Rexford from 1952 until 2004, when his son Kevin took over. Ray started the Clifton Park Fire Prevention Bureau and wrote the original fire prevention codes for the town of Clifton Park. Ray also served as the chairman of the Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation District, was director of the New York and New England Apple Institute, the NY Farm Bureau, and was listed in the 2003 Clifton Park Who's Who honor roll.