Harold H. Elmendorf

October 20, 1936 ~ August 12, 2021 (age 84)


Harold H. Elmendorf 84, of Rhinebeck, New York passed away peacefully August 12, 2021, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.  Born in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 20, 1936, he was the son of the late Harold Elmendorf and Alice Weddle Elmendorf.  He was a graduate of FDR High School, class of 1955.  After graduating he worked at the Hudson River State Hospital as a therapy aide, which he really enjoyed. In the 60s and 70s he worked in the retail industry for Wallace and Company, Lucky Platts and Flahs in Poughkeepsie and Orange County. He ended his career in the hospitality field, where he was manager of the Concord Resort in the Catskills. Harold was known to be a people’s person where he could start a conversation and talk to everyone.  Harold was the Chairperson of the household and the antique department for the Dutchess County Fair for years which he really enjoyed. He was a faithful member of the Church of Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY where he was usher for Sunday masses, he also volunteered weekly at the Church Food Pantry.  Harold was a kind caring man. He loved animals and was known as The Pug Man. 

  Harold is survived by daughters Deborah Brink (John) Corine Prindle, and son Butch (Lisa) Elmendorf of Poughkeepsie, grandchildren Bo Brink (Shannon) of NC, Jason Brink (Daronica), Jennifer Gugliuzza (Daniel), Phoebe Elmendorf of Poughkeepsie, great grandchildren Isiaha, Elijah. Jayden, Jason, Taniya, Jahsir, Nyjai, MyAsia, John Vincent, Jayce, and godson Michael Recchia, a “chosen sister” Rebecca Medwin Aubrey Longwood, FL, several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Besides his parents he was Predeceased by his partner Donald Mavros.  The family would like to thank the pines 5th floor rehab unit.  Graveside services will be 11am Tuesday September 14, 2021, at the Rhinebeck Cemetery with Father Richard officiating.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, Inc.  39 So. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  (845)452-1840.  To send online condolences please visit our website at

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Graveside Service
September 14, 2021

11:00 AM
Rhinebeck Cemetery

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