2011-12-01 / Obituaries


Edward “Ted” Hazard Dwyer, 86 years, a native and longtime resident of Mahopac, passed away, peacefully, on Friday, November 25, 2011, with his family at his side.

Ted was born on October 21, 1925, to Edward Eugene and Lora Hazard Dwyer of Mahopac. Mr. Dwyer was instrumental in centralizing Mahopac School District into one school and was its first principal, and his father also was a co-owner of the first pharmacy in Mahopac (D&H Pharmacy).

Ted is survived by his wife Diana Buchanan Dwyer, formerly of Peekskill. They had 3 sons and a daughter. Survivors are son Kevin and Mariann (Dietz) of Mahopac, daughter Amy (Dwyer) and William (Bill) Carlin of Brewster; son Jonathan and Carolyn (Caswell) Dwyer of Lincoln, MA; AND daughter-in-law Patricia Smyth Dwyer of Somers. He was predeceased by son Edward “Ted” Dwyer. Jr. in 1997.

His sister, Elizabeth (Betty) died in 1954, his father in 1953 and mother in 1986. Ted had 10 grandchildren; Ted III, Timothy Dwyer of Somers; Kevin Jr. and Kaitlyn Dwyer of Mahopac; Darcy, Teresa, Billy Carlin of Brewster; and Maggie, Alison, Lucy Dwyer of Lincoln, MA.

Ted grew up in Mahopac and graduated from Mahopac High School in 1943. He was President of his class of 21 students. In 1944 he entered the US Naval Reserves as a Naval Air Corps Cadet during WWII. He was discharged from the Navy in 1947 and attended Syracuse University. After working for International Milling as a salesman in New England and upstate NY, he became a reporter for Dun & Bradstreet in Syracuse, and later was a manager of its Utica office.

In 1961, Ted returned to Mahopac to work for Leslie P. Dodge Insurance and Real Estate Agency. In 1970 he became owner, continuing the insurance and real estate business as the Dwyer Agency, until present. Ted was an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life for 45 years. He was a partner in another real estate firm – Merlino, Dwyer and Johnson in the late 70s. With friends, he helped create, start and run the Willowbrook Driving Range in Baldwin Place and was involved in other real estate developments and projects in the area.

As a member of the Lake Mahopac Rotary Club for more than 50 years, he was twice a president and named Rotarian of the Year 2011. Ted was on the Board of Directors of Putnam Hospital Center for over 25 years where he served as chairman; during its expansion in 1974-75 and again in 1989. He was on the PHC Foundation Board and became a lifetime member.

Mr. Dwyer was a founding member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Putnam County. In 2010, he was honored to be Grand Marshal of the Putnam County/Northern Westchester St. Patrick’s Day parade. Ted was a past president of Putnam Assoc. of Realtors and was recently awarded Realtor Emeritus Status. He was a member of many committees on the state level as well as on the local level and attended several national conventions. He was a member of NY State Assoc. of Appraisers, past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Putnam County, and a 27-year board member of the former First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. of Peekskill, where he was an appraiser for many years. Ted enjoyed cars (especially corvettes); NASCAR; the races at Darlington, Lime Rock, and Watkins Glen; traveling and seeing the USA, Europe, Mexico; vacations with his sisters & brothers-in-law; family Christmas parties and picnics, his weekly Saturday night date with Diana; and life in general. He enjoyed his work, his family, friends, and people he knew.

Visiting will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, Mahopac. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Brewster.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Putnam Hospital Center or The Mahopac Library.

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