WEST CHAZY — Stanley Ronald Kourofsky, 63, of the Slosson Road, West Chazy, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y. on Oct. 23, 1950, the son of the late Joseph and Eileen (Durocher) Kourofsky.
Stan graduated from Lyon Mountain High School in 1969. He continued his love for education and the outdoors by completing his associate's degree in Forestry at Paul Smiths College and his bachelor's degree in Education at Plattsburgh State.
Stan worked as an Environmental Conservation/Forestry Instructor at C.V. Tech for 34 years until his retirement in 2006. Mr. Ski challenged his students to apply classroom skills in competitions such as the NYS Envirothon and NYS Conservation Competitions. The students gained great personal pride by consistently place in the top ten. His educational program was awarded the NYSED Career and Technical Education Program approval for state accreditation. In retirement, he helped landowners manage their land with his Consultant Forestry Business. He never stopped learning and continued to do the best for his students, classroom, and community. He demonstrated his appreciation for nature and our beautiful Adirondack Region by sharing his knowledge and kindness with both the youth and adults through educational programs, trainings and job opportunities. His lifetime goal was to contribute back to the community he lived in by coaching and mentoring the growth of others.
Stan enjoyed his summers supervising the Youth Conservation Corps in collaboration with Work Source One and Cornell Cooperative Extension. He also served 20 years as a Hunter Safety Instructor in the Sportsman Education Program. He served as a Director on the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board and ten years on the Beekmantown Central School Board as well as being a past president.
His greatest love was that of family. His quiet strength, humor, support, and guidance will be greatly missed. Family and friends were blessed to have him in their lives.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sherry (Holloway) Kourofsky; his son and daughter, Kyle and Karis; his mother, Eileen (Durocher) Kourofsky; and seven brothers and sisters, Joan (Ed) Ruch of Afton, Tenn., Allen (Margo) Kourofsky of Chazy Lake and Ellenburg Depot, Joe (Barbara) Kourofsky of West Chazy, Kim (Carl) Ayrassian of Russell, N.Y., Kevin (Carolyn) Kourofsky of Webster, N.Y., Tammy (John) McDonald of Franklin, Vt.; Jodi (Dennis) LaBarge of Altona, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from to 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.,Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Joseph's Church, West Chazy, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nexus Autism program of Clinton County. Nexus is located in Sibley Hall, Room 419, in care of Dr. Patricia Egan. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.