North Greenbush-Milton R. Embree passed away on March 20, 2023 at Evergreen Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 93. Milton had resided in the town of North Greenbush for 83 years.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harold L. and Sarah (Gillingham) Embree; his brother Ronald Embree; and his wife of 52 years, Jane Herbert Embree. He is survived by his two beloved daughters, Debra J. Embree of Albany and Patricia M. Embree of East Greenbush; his sister Eileen Maxfield of Lee, Massachusetts, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends (you know who you are)!
Milton went to work at age 16 for Montgomery Wards driving truck. He was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served from 1951 to 1953 in the 82nd Airborne during the Korean conflict. He and Jane were married in July of 1952 while he was on leave from the Army. Milt always loved traveling, driving, and pretty much anything with wheels. He worked for Trailways, Greyhound, and later Yankee Trails when John Tobin started the business and was loved by his passengers. He would often take his two daughters on some of his adventures. When he stopped driving, he became a trusted and talented mechanic for Yankee Trails until the late 1980’s. He then worked for the Coca Cola company as a mechanic and then for East Greenbush Central School District until his retirement in 1997. Milton loved hunting with his best friend, Thomas Bazicki and his father-in-law Martin “Red” Herbert. He worked on hit or miss engines and had quite a collection of them and loved going to the old engine shows all over New York State and while at those shows made even more friends. At the age of 80, he bought his first motorcycle, a Harley which he traded in for a CanAm and enjoyed riding until July of 2022. Milton will always be remembered for being a kind, caring family man who always put Jane and his daughters first. He often worked multiple jobs to make sure they were provided for. He was an amazing neighbor and friend who would do anything for anyone and he will be missed by many. In his retirement, Milt loved to bake cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, and pies which he would then deliver to all of the places he did business with, especially KeyBank, the Post Office, and Stewarts Shops in West Sand Lake as well as his many friends.
Special thanks to the many, many people who enhanced his life, the incredible caring staff at Evergreen Commons, and to his doctors, especially Dr. Barry Shuman who was Milton’s favorite.
At Milt’s request, he will be cremated and buried in the grave with his wife at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to Whiskers Animal Benevolent League, PO Box 11190, Albany, NY 12211 or to the charity of one’s choice.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11am at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 3rd Ave Ext. Rensselaer followed by a celebration of Milt's life at the East Greenbush Elks Club. All are invited to attend and share a special memory or story of Milt.
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