Property Rights Foundation of America®
Founded 1994

In Memoriam

The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. 33:27

Friends of the Property Rights Foundation
of America, Inc.

Their many years of devotion to
private property rights will be long remembered.


2015

Bruce Dederick,
Vice President

Saugerties, New York
Vice President 5D Enterprises 

Founding Board Member & Vice President
1994 -2015

Bruce Dederick was a heart and soul believer in the United States Constitution. A successful businessman engaged in the construction industry with a specialty of computerized management of concrete batching, Bruce made possible the pro bono legal work for the incorporation of PRFA and he also set up the computerized record-keeping system for PRFA's finances. He and his wife Dorothy were leaders in the successful opposition to the establishment of the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area even before the founding of PRFA, which occasioned the meeting of them and Carol LaGrasse. His thoroughgoing knowledge of government, his humanity, and his devotion to the mission of PRFA will be deeply missed.

 


2014

Paul G. Henderson - December 9, 2014
Long-time PRFA member Paul Henderson was remembered especially because, "He fought as much as he was able for the rights of the people and their property."

Dick Larrowe, Executive Director, Oregon Council of Vehicle Associations, Sandy, Oregon (May 2014)
With the death of Dick, the unique ORCOVA no longer exists, wrote his wife Donna Larrowe. Working both with local government and the state legislature, ORCVA published its own grassroots newsletter. Dick Larrowe's advocacy combined the interests of restoration buffs with the ordinary fellow who kept up his vehicle in his driveway, often keeping a spare car nearby for parts.

The Rev. Charles (May 2013) and Mrs. Barbara Metzger
(December 2014)

Our good friends, fondly remembered and deeply missed. From the pulpit, Pastor Metzger, who served at both the beginning and end of his pastoral career at the Knowlhurst Baptist Church in Stony Creek, was a disciplined and engrossing expositor of scripture and an advocate for freedom.

 


2013

Gary Barber, Au Sable Forks, N.Y.
Loyal supporter of PRFA's work against the APA and the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve designated by UNESCO.

Claude LeCours, Old Forge, N.Y. - December 14, 2013
Leader of former Adirondack Defense Association and loyal supporter of PRFA and its work. Donated the entire treasury of the Adirondack Defense Association to PRFA when the organizatiob dissolved.

 


2012

Milton John Hayman, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin - March 26, 2012
Full Obituary

 


2011

Verna Lawrence, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - November 9, 2011
Verna Lawrence stood for the private property rights of the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie as village mayor, then 30 years as commissioner until December 2007. At the time she died at age 82, she was concerned with the loss of the shoreline development and tax base resulting from the federal government raising the official elevation of the water level of the shipping route between Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

John Pozsgai, hero, Morrisville, Pennsylvania, October 14, 2011
On the day John Pozsgai died, his daughter Victoris Pozsgai-Khoury testified in his honor at the Kennedy Caucus Room in Washington, D.C.,
by invitation of Sen. Rand Paul. When she concluded the testimony, she was greeted with the news of his death. John Pozsgai was a Hungarian Freedom Fighter. After emigrating to the United States he became a national hero for his decades of resistence to the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their spurious charges of violations of wetlands rules.

Nathaniel R. Dickinson, A true friend, Altamont, New York -
June 15, 2011
Known to PRFA readers as "Nate" Dickinson for his consummate, common sense commentaries over many years in the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse on wildlife issues. Nate was a wildlife biologist and former big game unit manager for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He will be fondly remembered as a dear friend and for his generous assistance lending his expertise to the Property Rights Foundation of America.

John B. Cahoon, May 13, 2011, Bangor, Maine
Loyal supporter of private land ownership

Dorothy Bartholomew, Lander, Wyoming - March 17, 2011

 


2009-2010

Richard J. Carota, President and CEO, Finch, Pruyn and Co.,
Glens Falls, New York - July 10, 2010

Joseph B. L'Episcopo, Baldwin and Stony Creek, New York

David D. Greathouse, Aztec, New Mexico, formerly of
Colorado - May 23, 2010

Gretna Longware, Elizabethtown, New York - April 22, 2010

Jay Montfort, Montfort Bros., Fishkill, New York - January 12, 2010

Susan G. Parker, Washington, D.C., - 2009

Larry C. Parks, Vice President, Protect Americans' Rights & Resources, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - October 12, 2010

Marlene Prentiss, Colonie, New York - August 9, 2010

Peter Vella, Petersburgh, New York - 2009

 


2008

Pat Beldotti, Ossining, New York
Tom Craighead, Lubbock, Texas
William G. Kells, Wallkill, New York
Lloyd E. Moore, Russell, New York
William J. Opferman, Hamilton, New Jersey
Dr. Arthur E. Rasmussen, Walton, New York
Steven Ropitzky, Stillwater, New York
Tony Snow, Washington, D.C.
Paul M. Weyrich, Washington, D.C.
John C. Winney, Northville, New York

 

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