Ralph W. Whitbeck

Ralph W. “Rex” Whitbeck, age 50, of Gloversville, passed away at home on Sunday morning, July 21, 2013, following a long battle with HIV/AIDS under the care of his husband and Mountain Valley Hospice.

Born on August 7, 1962, in Gloversville, he was the son of the late Ellsworth Whitbeck II and Ella Cline Harppinger.

Ralph was employed as a waiter and bartender in Albany until the onset of his illness.

Rex was a member of the First Congregation U.C.C. of Gloversville and volunteer for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York and Centro Civico of Amsterdam.

Survivors include his husband, David J. Darling, whom he married on August 7, 2011; his son, Sgt. Joseph (Kelly) Dolder of North Carolina; his daughter, Courtney Rose (Steve) Diaz of Gloversville; one brother, Ellsworth (Sharon) Whitbeck III of Gloversville; Kathleen (Thomas) Meacham of Ravena; several grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Maple Avenue Cemetery.

A reception will be held after the graveside service at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 31-33 East Fulton Street, Gloversville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 East Main Street, Johnstown.

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