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Hyde Park - Harry E. Vinall III, 72, a resident of Hyde Park for 43 years died Friday, March 2nd at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the company of his family.
Born in Poughkeepsie on September 23rd, 1934 he was the son of the late Harry Vinall II and Hilda Murphy Vinall who survives in Hyde Park. He was educated in local schools in Beacon and Newburgh and attended the University of Detroit and Boston University.
On February 15th, 1957 in St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon he married Carol E. Norcross of Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Vinall survives at home.
He served in the United States Army Signal Corp from 1957 to 1959 and felt privileged to participate in some of the very early launchings of Army Ballistic Missiles at Cape Canaveral under the leadership of the late Dr. Wernher Von Braun.
Mr. Vinall was the operator of Vassar Golf Course in the Town of Poughkeepsie for 44 years, having assumed responsibility upon the death of his father. Mr. Vinall was from a family of professional golfers. His grandfather, Harry E. Vinall, was an English golf pro who worked at a number of courses in this country in the late 1800's and early 1900's and was a founding member of the PGA.
He was deeply interested in maritime history and wooden boat restoration. He enjoyed cruising the Hudson in his 1955 wooden classic Chris Craft "Rum Runner". He and his wife also enjoyed sailing a small boat in the Florida Keys in the winters.
Mr. Vinall was a 40 year member of both the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) and the Hudson Valley GCSA. He was also member and former trustee of the National Maritime Historical Society, a member the Hudson Valley Maritime Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, and the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS). He was a former member of the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club and the Antique and Classic Boat Society. He was also a founding sponsor of the newly formed National Army Museum.
In addition to his wife and mother he is also survived by three daughters; Susan V. Benfield of Pleasant Valley, Jessica Vinall-Witherwax and her husband, Wayne Witherwax, of Poughkeepsie, Lorraine Bellis and her husband, John Bellis, of Milton; a son, Harry E. Vinall IV and wife, Susan M. Vinall, of Ellsworth, Maine; and seven grandchildren, Emma and Kathryn Witherwax, Anna and Rebecca Bellis, Harrison, Ethan and Owen Vinall.
In addition he is survived by two sisters, Marguerite Berger of Hopewell Junction and Sara Shea of Ghent, N.Y.; two nephews, James Brockway and wife, Debra, of Wappingers Falls, and John Shea and wife, Tina, of Ghent; also several great nieces and great nephews.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Pm, Monday, March 5, 2007 at Sweets Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park.
Funeral services will be at 11 am, Tuesday, March 6th at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in St. Peters Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
Harrys family would like to thank the Hyde Park Fire Dept., Rescue Squad, and EMTs for being there. Also, special thanks to the Vassar Brothers ER staff and Dr. Alan Gross, Dr. Allen Gerber, and especially all the nurses and staff of the hospitals Circle 5 for their care and efforts during the past week.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory to National Maritime Historical Society, P.O. Box 68, Peekskill, NY 10566.
To send a condolence or for directions, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

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