Brewster, NY

This memorial is near the intersection of Peaceable Hill Road and Main Street.  There is a small grassy island in front of the municipal building near the rear of the dirt parking lot at the corner.

Stephen R Blaney was born in Brewster on February 18, 1931.  In 1951 he was living at 18 Main Street when he joined the Navy, and trained in Bainbridge, Maryland.  According to a February 5, 1976 article in the Brewster Standard, Stephen worked as the superintedent of highways for the Village of Brewster for 20 years.  He was a member of the Fire Department, the VFW and St. Lawrence O’Toole.  On February 2, 1976 he was found dead in his truck.  It is presumed he died of a heart attack.  He died in the line of duty while working for the village.

Another Brewster Standard article on June 24, 1976, detailed how 400 people attended the Sunday, June 20, 1976 dedication of the memorial near Peaceable Hill Road.  The VFW provided a color guard.  The area near Peaceable was designated the Stephen Blaney Memorial Park.  He was buried in St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery.

There is actually a second memorial to Stephen R. Blaney within the village.  A small memorial stone sits on the grounds of One Main Street in Brewster, on the small grassy area between the building and the flagpole.  Click here for the related page for pictures.