Glens Falls - Emory H. Calhoun, 81, a longtime resident of both Hartford, NY, and Naples, FL, died peacefully Wednesday, November 15, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at Glens Falls Hospital following a short illness.
Born in Troy, October 15, 1942, Emory was the son of the late Harold and Alice (Bulson) Calhoun and, for over 60 years, the husband and best friend of Gloria J. (Lewis) Calhoun of Hartford and Naples, who survives. Emory and Gloria were married on July 20, 1963.
As a young boy, Emory was raised in Pittstown and was a graduate of Tamarac High School, Class of 1960.
On February 8, 1960, he enlisted in the United States Navy and, following basic training, was assigned to the crew of the U.S.S. Chilton as a seaman during the Cuban Missile Crisis and The Bay of Pigs Invasion. After more than three years of service, he was honorably discharged in 1963.
Upon returning home and his marriage to Gloria, the couple established their home and began raising their family. For over 30 years, he was the owner and operator, along with his wife, of the Hartford IGA, a family-run independent retail grocery store, where he met and made many friends and business associates while serving the North Country. Emory didn’t like to sit still and, after retiring from the grocery store in 2004, filled his “spare time” by working as a painter at the Mark Harwood Construction Co. for an additional 18 years.
In addition to snow birding to Florida with Gloria each winter, he enjoyed playing golf, leading bike rides with the Lake San Marino Pelican Peddlers, playing cards, and taking unique fishing trips with his buddies. Emory also liked to relax by watching the Red Sox and Green Bay Packers (although he was never relaxed). He enjoyed reading from his Kindle, helping family and friends with their odd jobs, making breakfast every morning, and caring for his wife’s dogs. He took great pleasure in attending and assisting in weekly church services. His most precious pastime was spending time with Gloria and the two of them attending their grandchildren’s numerous sporting activities and events throughout the years. Emory never missed an opportunity to dance with Gloria or his daughter, Colleen, as just a few days ago he had his final dance with his wife. A memory she will always cherish.
In addition to Gloria, his survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Denise M. White of CA and Colleen and Timothy Casey of Hartford, seven grandchildren, Rochelle and husband, Todd Monroe, Robert White III and wife, Lalo, Emilee Hogins, Jenelle Lewis, Chanleigh Casey and fiance’, Frank Pambiachi, Kayla Purtell and husband, Brian, and Lucas Casey, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Peg Calhoun and Edwin and Janet Calhoun, a sister-in-law, Donna Lewis Treadway and husband, Tom, nine great-grandchildren, Boston Emory White, Preston Ryerson, Carter Monroe, Jake Monroe, and angel baby Aniston Monroe, Ronon White and Ronayiah White, Madeline Wicks, and Ava Pambiachi, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister and two sisters-in-law.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Emory’s family on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the West Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Company reception hall, 33 Luzerne Road, in Queensbury, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. A memorial service led by Rev. Patti Girard will follow at 4:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Inurnment with military honors will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Friends planning to attend are invited to gather at the cemetery entrance on Duell Road at 1:45 p.m.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to either the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Angels Names Association, P.O. Box 423, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 121, Hartford, NY 12838, in memory of Emory H. Calhoun.