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Bruce W. Emanuel

August 8, 1932 ~ November 27, 2016 (age 84)
Bruce W Emanuel of Richmondville died November 27, 2016 at his home. Mr. Emanuel was born in North Adams, MA, and is the son of Leon and Moira Emanuel. He graduated from Drury High School, North Adams, MA in 1951. Mr. Emanuel served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and was honorably discharged in September 1955 as a SSgt. He received his bachelor's degree in Dairy Husbandry from Iowa State College in 1958 and a permanent NYS teaching certificate as a Teacher of Agriculture with graduate courses from Cornell University. He received two master's degrees at the State University of New York at Albany in 1970 and 1972.

Mr. Emanuel started teaching high school agriculture at Sidney Central School, Sidney, NY in 1959-1961. From 1961-1968, Mr. Emanuel taught at Greenwich Central School. He was a member of the Animal Science Department at SUNY Cobleskill from 1968 to 1997. Since 1997, he was an adjunct professor at SUNY Cobleskill instructing students in horsemanship and conducting the IHSA western riding team. He was a pioneer in advocating teaching about horses in secondary education authoring "Horses and the New Look" in Nov 1967 in National Agriculture Education to support this idea. He was awarded a lifetime membership in American Vocational Association, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1967 for his work with youth. In 1968, he was awarded the Outstanding Agriculture Teacher in NY by the Agriculture Teachers Association of NY (ATANY). In 1984, he was the recipient of the Teaching Award of Merit awarded by the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). He was a recipient of the Honorary American Farmer Degree in 1985 at the 58th National FFA Convention in Kansas City, MO for accomplishments with youth. Professor Emanuel also was the recipient of numerous Agriculture Teachers Association of New York (ATANY) awards including many awards in journalism. In 1991 and 2002, he received the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association Honorary Alumnus Award.

Mr. Emanuel was president of the New York State Quarter Horse Association from 1991 to 1996 and was a director until the present. He was also past president of the New York Pony of the Americas Association and the Yo Sco Haro association as well as chairman and show manager of the 1980 International POA show held at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. In addition, Mr. Emanuel was a 6-year member and chairman of the 4-H Executive Committee for the Schoharie County Extension. He was the show manager, announcer and ring steward for many AQHA and open shows throughout the years, including responsibilities as the Superintendent for many Cobleskill Fair shows. Mr. Emanuel and his wife Sandi ran Emanuel Stables, which included boarding, riding lessons, judging and putting on horse shows.

Mr. Emanuel was married to the late Eleanor Jones from 1959-1992. Mr. Emanuel is survived by his wife, Sandra Bennett whom he married in 1992. Other survivors include a brother, Major General USAF (ret.) Herbert Emanuel and sister-in-law Barbara Emanuel from San Antonio, TX; Daughter, Beth Emanuel Wilson and son-in-law Ben Wilson of Mountain View, CA; Son, Curt Emanuel, Frankfort, IN; Daughter, Kim Emanuel, Rochester, NY; Stepsons: Kirt Wetsell and his wife, Maria, Richmondville, NY and Justin Deming, Cobleskill, NY who resides with Bruce and Sandi. Bruce also has six grandchildren.


A private ceremony was held by the immediate family.

Mr. Emanuel was very active in promoting scholarships for youth in many organizations - Yo Sco Haro, SUNY Cobleskill, NYSQHA and the Cobleskill Ag Society. He was chairman of the Yo Sco Haro scholarship committee for over 20 years. Memorial contributions can be given to the Yo Sco Haro Scholarship Fund, 181 Roberts Rd, Cobleskill, NY 12043 or the Cobleskill Ag Society Scholarship Fund, PO Box 249, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill and Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home of Middleburgh.



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