Alfred Paul Barth Jr.

Mr. Alfred Paul Barth Jr. of State Highway 30, Amsterdam, died peacefully on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was 69.

Born in Amsterdam, New York, on January 25, 1944, he was the son of the late Alfred Sr. and Evelyn Bramer Barth.

A lifelong area resident, Al, aka “Paul,” graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School. Following graduation, he enlisted with the United States Air Force and served proudly for over four years. During his tenure with the military, he met the love of his life, Miss Susan Whitaker, and they were married on March 12, 1966, in St. Andrew’s Church, Harlow, England. Al returned to Amsterdam with his wife and began a long career with General Electric until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Susan; his sons, Christopher J. Barth of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Paul D. Barth (Tiffany Palazzo) of Amsterdam, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Melissa and Adrianna Barth and Morgin Russell; his brother-in-law, James Whitaker of Forres, Scotland; and several cousins.

A Service of Remembrance will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, with the Rev. William T. Hodgetts Jr. presiding. A calling hour will precede the service beginning at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Flowers will not be accepted. It was Al’s wish that donations be made to the James Brennan Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, NY 12078 or the Montgomery County SPCA, P.O. Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010. Please visit the online guestbook at