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The Times
  • Danube town supervisor remembered fondly

  • Danube officials remembered long-time supervisor Charles Welden on Friday as a dedicated man who loved his town.

    “He lived for the town and did everything in his power to make the town a better place, for the betterment of the town,” said town clerk Mary Lou Herringshaw on Friday. “He left big shoes to fill and it will be hard for the council members and the town clerk to fill them.”

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  • Danube officials remembered long-time supervisor Charles Welden on Friday as a dedicated man who loved his town.
    “He lived for the town and did everything in his power to make the town a better place, for the betterment of the town,” said town clerk Mary Lou Herringshaw on Friday. “He left big shoes to fill and it will be hard for the council members and the town clerk to fill them.”
    According to his obituary, Welden died unexpectedly at the age of 71 on Wednesday evening.
    Welden spent about 20 years on the town council as supervisor and previously served the town as its assessor. He was retired as an earth science teacher from the Greenville Central School District in Greenville, Greene County. He served as a trustee with the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville and the historic Indian Castle Church in the town of Danube. He was also a treasurer for St. John’s Reformed Church in St. Johnsville.
    “He was definitely a dedicated individual and he paid full attention-to-detail to everything he did,” said town Councilwoman Lee Ann Stock.
    Stock, who has been on the council for about 20 years, said she knew Welden for about 30 years.
    “He was a good friend,” she said. “He believed in people and that was his attitude toward his students. It was similar to everybody he dealt with. He had a lot of faith in people and their potential and their good nature. He was a very generous, very kind and very fair-minded man.”
    “The town of Danube was his life. He just loved it,” said town Councilwoman Pat Jodway. “He went above and beyond everything for this town.”
    Jodway, originally from the city of Little Falls, said she knew Welden for about 11 years and said he became a good friend during that time. “He listened to what you had to say, even if we didn’t agree. Sometimes we had our differences, but we never walked away mad,” she said.
    The town council met in an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss how to handle moving forward with town business. Jodway, as deputy supervisor, has taken over the supervisor duties as the council figures on how to move forward.
    “We have to lay the groundwork to see where we go with the next step in procedure,” said Jodway during a telephone interview on Friday. “I hope and pray the residents in the town give us time to adjust. I stressed that last night, for the residents to give us time to get our act together and our facts together so we can move forward legally.”
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