US Army


Honor Mission

Paul F. Cooney

US Army
Cold War Era Veteran

Loudonville, NY - 02/05/2024


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 4, Region 5

About the Mission:

The family of Paul F. Cooney has requested Patriot Guard Riders participation in his funeral services. Paul, 88, a longtime Menands resident, died Monday, January 22, 2024 after a long illness.

Born in Albany, Paul was a 1953 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany and later graduated from Union College. He entered active duty in the US Army on 8 February 1957 and was trained as a Field Radio Repairman (MOS 296.68). He also served as Infantry School instructor assigned to Company "B", Infantry School Detachment at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served honorably until his discharge at the rank of Private First Class on 6 February 1959.

A NYS Licensed Professional Engineer and Surveyor, Paul began his civil service career in 1955 with the former NYS Department of Public Works, serving as a project engineer on several major Capital Region highways, including the construction of interstates 787 and 890. He was also an adjunct instructor for several years at HVCC, teaching courses in surveying, highway design and engineering.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Paul's obituary, available for viewing online by clicking here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

02/05/2024 at 10:30am

Staging Location:

St. Pius X Church
23 Crumitie Rd.
Loudonville, NY 12211

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Ray Sestak
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

Staging at the church with a flag line for the arrival of family and guests. This portion of the mission includes only the church service. There will be no escort. Interment will take place at a later date at the family's convenience.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Ray Sestak

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