Sunrise: Dec.9, 1936 - Sunset: Oct.2, 2019
Talmadge Roland Lacy, 82, died peacefully at his home in Albany Oct. 2, 2019.
Talmadge was born in Maybrook, New York, the son of the late Thomas Samuel Lacy and Mary Leila Denson Lacy.
He was raised and educated in the City of Albany along with his 12 brothers and sisters.
After earning his degree from Albany High School, Talmadge joined the US Navy Reserves and served from 1955-1963. From 1961 to 1972, he was also employed at the MacDonald Plaid Stamp Company in Queens, NY, and worked his way up from stock boy to store manager. There, he supervised and trained a dozen employees, managed the payroll and maintained the store’s inventory.
Talmadge was a “people person” and most of his jobs reflected that quality.
He left the stamp company in 1972, to work for DeRoma’s Deli in Manhattan where he also trained and supervised staff and handled the payroll and inventory.
Some of the best times of his life followed when Talmadge joined his friends Charlie and Debbie Rascoll at their restaurant called “Top of the Falls” in High Falls, NY. He served as the front of house manager there for 11 years.
Talmadge’s eclectic experience included working as a trainer at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; a manager at Howard Johnson Restaurant and the Marriott Restaurant chain in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont; and as a receptionist at Newschannel 13 in Albany. From 2004 until his passing, he worked as an Albany Police School Crossing Guard supervisor.
Talmadge loved his family, his church family, his friends, his dogs and horses.
Survivors who cherish his memory include his brother Thomas C. Lacy (Denyce), sister Elizabeth Claudio, Goddaughters Audrey Lelia Lacy and Tanger Dukes Pratt, Godson Maurice Shane, Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Also mourning his loss are special, life-long friends Doris Bedell, Violet Holmes, Bobbie Peterson, Virginia Brown, Doris Capuano, and Neal and Joyce Simon.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12th at Bethel Baptist Church, 2165 5th Ave., Troy, NY 12180. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m.