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John R. Thorsen

January 6, 1939 — January 13, 2023

Averill Park-John R. Thorsen, 84, of Averill Park, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2023, with his wife Nancy by his side.

John was born on January 6, 1939, in Newburgh, to the late John and Irene Sigmund Thorsen. He was a 1957 graduate of Guilderland High School. John was the owner of Rayge Display, Inc. in Albany for 40 years until his retirement in 2018. In addition, he volunteered countless hours coaching with St. Henry's CYO Basketball as well as Twin Town Little League and Senior League. John loved his vacations camping in Maine, with family and friends. He enjoyed cheering on his favorite teams, the NY Yankees and the NY Giants. He was also a season ticket holder of the Tri-City ValleyCats. John was never happier than while supporting his grandchildren in any of their activities.

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy Fallon Thorsen; sons John (Margaret) Thorsen and Michael (Kathleen) Thorsen; grandchildren Ryan, Matthew, Wyatt and Alyson; brothers Thomas (Linda) Thorsen, Terry (Jocelle) Thorsen and sister Karen (Robert) Sullivan; as well as many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his sisters Carol Quackenbush and Linda Novak.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at W.J. Lyons, Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sand Lake Ambulance or the West Sand Lake Fire Department.

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

11:00am - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.

1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144


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