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John Telfer

August 28, 1924 — February 17, 2019

Selkirk- John Cecil (Cy) Telfer passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019. John was the son of Cecil Andrew and Catherine Nally Telfer. Shortly after graduating from Rensselaer High School, John began working as a brakeman in 1943 for the New York Central Railroad, which became Penn Central. He retired from Conrail as a conductor after 50 years of service with the railroad. John always enjoyed spending time at “the farm” with family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, gardening and camping throughout his life. John is survived by his sons John and Joseph (Susan) Telfer, his very special cousin, Diana Marlette and her family, as well as several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Nora Gilleran Telfer, his siblings, Thomas, Mary (Godfrey) and James, as well as his daughter-in-law, Carol. Funeral mass will be offered at St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Church, Herrick Street Rensselaer Friday at 12:30pm. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home 1700 Washington Avenue Rensselaer Friday prior to the mass from 10-12pm. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Donation in his memory may be made to Gurry Trust Fund, The Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.

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Visitation

Friday, February 22, 2019

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

W. J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, Inc

1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144

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Funeral Mass

Friday, February 22, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

St John The Evangelist And St. Joseph Church

Herrick Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144

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Interment

Friday, February 22, 2019

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

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