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Beyfuss, local gardening expert, dies

Jan 16, 2023 12:21 pm

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that Bob Beyfuss, a local horticulture expert, ginseng specialist, educator, and gardening columnist, died Jan. 12 in Florida. “Bob passed away yesterday while playing softball with his buddies,” his friend Tony Melluzzo wrote in an email Jan. 13. “He collapsed on the field. They tried to revive him with CPR but he did not respond,” Melluzzo said. “I know he would want us to remember him as the loving guy he was.” Beyfuss was 72, and lived in Schoharie County. He had a master’s degree in agriculture from Cornell University and retired in 2009 as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties put out a statement after his death, reading, in part, “Without Bob, there would be no Agroforestry Resource Center today in Acra. Those of us who were privileged to call him a friend are heartbroken. As we deal with our collective loss, we will share special photos, stories and thoughts from staff and volunteers of Bob over the next few weeks.” Funeral services have not been announced at the time of this story. Read the full story at Porcupine Soup.

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