Ulster business leader, Abel Garraghan, dies

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KINGSTON – He was considered to be part of the fabric of Kingston
and Ulster County.

Businessman Abel Garraghan, owner of HeritageEnergy, died on Monday. He
was 72.

In addition to his business persona, he was considered a civic leader,
who Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd called an incredible
human being, who had many accomplishments beyond his business.

“He was behind the scenes very instrumental in the early years of
UCDC, our economic development organization, and was a tireless advocate
for our businesses and small businesses,” Todd said. “He will
be missed terribly. He is one of these people who will never be replaced.”
Todd spoke with Garraghan just last Friday and he said Garraghan was
“so full of life.”

Garraghan, who lived in Kingston, died in West Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

He was the son of former Kingston Mayor Raymond Garraghan, who served
in the 1960s.