Honor Mission
Redmond C. "Red" Newell
US Army - Korean War Era

Albany, NY - 04/27/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The family of Redmond C. "Red" Newell has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Redmond, 92, passed on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Born in Curracuggeen, Headford, County Galway, Ireland, Redmond came to the United States at the age of 21.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany working in an Anti-Aircraft Artillery Unit. Some of Red’s first jobs in the U.S. were working at the Port of Albany, William’s Press, and the A&P.  He joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No.7 where he became a plumber, officer, and teacher. He was a member of Local 7 for 67 years. Red was well-respected as a hard-working, honest Irishman. Anyone who knew him only had words of praise. His work ethic was surpassed by none.

Red volunteered for 25 years at the Albany Stratton VA Hospital where he drove vets to and from their medical appointments. He also volunteered at the Albany Food Bank and Tunnels to Towers Foundation. As a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church, Red was always ready to construct booths for the annual bazaar. He also volunteered at the Church’s food pantry. Red was a member of the Holy Names Society and American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Redmond's obituary, available for viewing online on the McVeigh Funeral Home website by clicking here.
Primary Staging Date: 04/27/2020
Primary Staging Time: 10:45
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: McVeigh Funeral Home
208 N. Allen St.
Albany, NY 12206
Lead Ride Captain: Ray Sestak
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lead Ride Captain Phone #: 518-669-3358
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 10 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Staging at the funeral home with a dignified flag line during the private visitation from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Private service to follow at 12:30 PM. Upon conclusion of services, PGR will provide escort to St. Agnes Cemetery where interment with military honors will be conducted. The extended forecast calls for rain with highs in the 40's. Please dress for the weather and ensure compliance with all COVID-19 protection requirements.
Submitted by: Ray Sestak
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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