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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Clarence "Duane" Mabb


BALLSTON SPA – Clarence “Duane” Mabb passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital on Thursday, April 16, 2015, after a long illness. 
Born in Ballston Spa on July 19, 1941, he was the son of Clarence and Geraldine Mabb. 
After leaving his position at Albany Ladder in the 70s, Duane was the owner and operator of D & B Garage for more than a decade; he owned (or was employed by) several other auto repair shops throughout his career. 

Duane was gifted in mechanics, and taught his sons and grandson the trade. His greatest joy was taking road trips to York Beach, Maine, with his friends and family, and the many family gatherings that took place at the “farm” throughout the years.  Duane will be especially missed by his canine companion, “Rocky,” who rarely left his side. 

He was predeceased by his father, Clarence Mabb, Sr. 

Duane is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth (Kelley) Mabb, his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Dolores Mabb of Ballston Spa, his son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Abbey Mabb of Melbourne Beach, FL, and his daughter and son-in-law, Kelley (Mabb) and William “Will” Taylor of Ballston Spa.  Duane is also survived by his grandson, Travis Taylor of Ballston Spa (who learned many valuable lessons from his “Pa” through the years), Travis’ fiancée, Alexis Rogers, granddaughter, Katie Lynn Mabb of Gulfport, MS, granddaughter and grandson, Tessa and Jack Mabb of Melbourne Beach, FL, and great-granddaughter, Hailey Brooke Taylor of Ballston Spa, as well as a niece and two nephews.  Duane is also survived by his mother, Geraldine (Boyce) Mabb of Ballston Spa, his sister and her husband, Beverly (Mabb) and John “Woody” Woods of Madison Heights, VA, and brother, Richard “Rick” Mabb of Clifton Park, NY.   

Special thanks to Dr. Goykhman, Dave Werner, Jim Hansen, Melissa, Lily, and the 3-East staff at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, and Dr. Desmond DelGiacco (Saratoga Springs) for their utmost caring and compassion, as well as to Rabbi Robert Kasman for praying with the family at Duane’s bedside.  In addition, our sincere thanks to Rolland Hoag and the wonderful staff at Compassionate Funeral Care (Saratoga Springs), for helping make this difficult time a bit easier. 

Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015, Dunning Street Rural Cemetery, Rt. 67 (across from McDonald’s), Malta, NY; arrangements are being handled by Compassionate Funeral Care. A memorial gathering at Hyatt Place, 20 State Farm Place (at Exit 12 – I-87), Malta, NY, will be held immediately following the ceremony.  

Memorial contributions may be made in Duane’s memory to:  WSWHE BOCES, ATTN:  Mabb’s Automotive Scholarship, Meyers Center, 15 Henning Road, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866.

2 comments:

  1. Beth,
    I am so very sorry for your loss of your husband. I'm sorry I never met him but I want to tell you what a privilege it has been to know you. You certainly have been there for your husband every step of the way. We talked about Clarence many times and he certainly fought a tough battle but I believe having you by his side helped a lot. Know he is at peace now . I want to leave you with this saying that I heard awhile ago on WTRY.
    It says. " Don't CRY because it is OVER ( BUT ) SMILE because IT HAPPENED." I hope this will be of some comfort to you and your family.
    Fondly, Shane and Carol Langdon

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