Former Dutchess Legislator Jack Dexter dies

PARKLAND, FL – Former Dutchess County Legislator Jack “Dex” Dexter died on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at his home in Parkland, Florida. He was 87.

Dexter, who represented the City of Beacon, served on the legislature for three terms having served as both assistant majority leader and assistant minority leader of the Democratic caucus.

While employed at IBM in East Fishkill, he was granted a two-year executive leave of absence from 1985 to 1986 to work with then-Lt. Governor Al DelBello and Governor Mario Cuomo on the development of New York Stewart International Airport. From 1992 to 1996, he was appointed by the governor to the Stewart Airport Commission.

Dexter volunteered with Dutchess County Hospice after he retired and when he moved with his wife, Ellie, to Florida, he, he volunteered for Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said Dexter “loved his family, served his community and lived a wonderful life.’ Molinaro served in the county legislature with him. “His passion, zeal and enthusiasm was contagious, and his energy and decency unmatched.”

Dexter is survived by his wife, Ellie, his three children and their spouses.

A private family service will be held at the beach near his Florida home and a celebration of his life will be held in Beacon in the near future.


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