Harold Stage, born Nov. 1, 1931, to Lawrence and Ruth Ryerson Stage of Warwick, N.Y., passed away April 8 at the Kingman Regional Medical Center surrounded by his daughters and son-in-law. He was the sixth of seven sons and two daughters of a large, prominent family of lawyers in Orange County, N.Y.
Harold was known for his friendliness, loyalty and hard work by his friends and co-workers as co-owner of Rod's Nursery, and his years of work at Kingman City Parks and Recreation Department before that. He enjoyed his hobbies of metal detecting and walking. Harold loved Kingman and often spoke with pride at how fast it had grown in recent years.
Harold settled in Kingman in 1987 after retirement as head custodian of the Warwick Valley Central High School. He is fondly remembered in Warwick for his years of faithful service as a volunteer fireman, EMT with the Warwick Ambulance Corps and as a volunteer in the St. Anthony's Hospital emergency room. It was his traumatic accident during his childhood that prompted the community to form the first ambulance corps in Warwick.
Harold is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Duckworth of Escondido, Calif., and Deborah Knerr and her husband Kevin of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren, several cousins and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two brothers; John Lewis Stage of Warwick, David Livingston Stage of Goshen, N.Y., and Peggy Stage Schultz of Sun Lakes, Ariz. His youngest daughter, Sharon Stage Schofield, his parents, four brothers and one sister precede Harold in death.
The family wishes to acknowledge friends and co-workers Rod and Jane Gestrine of Kingman who checked on Harold every day during his final illness. It was their kindness and their steadfastness that made his last days more meaningful. Services conducted by the Rev. Peter Ernst were held at the Sutton Funeral Home on Friday, April 11.