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Stephen Byelick, Lifelong Tarrytown Resident, Former Chamber President, 90

Stephen C. Byelick
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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Stephen C. Byelick, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died Monday, Feb. 2, at the age of 90.

Born in North Tarrytown of Jan. 1, 1925, he was the son of Samuel and Antonia Hornik Byelick.

Byelick was named president of the Tarrytown Savings and Loan Association in 1983. He guided its continuing solvency through the turmoil of the 1980s to provide an example of a people's bank that continues to serve its local functions.

He spent his entire life in Tarrytown, leaving only to serve three years in the U.S. Army. 

He served as president of the Historical Society of the Tarrytowns, the Westchester League of Savings Institutes, the Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce and the Tarrytowns Rotary Club (where he has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow three times). He was instrumental in saving the Tarrytown Music Hall. He had been the chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Tarrytown village Board of Trustees, advising on government grants and transportation.

Byelick was acclaimed Man of the Year by the Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce in 1979 and was the first man to be honored by the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns as Man of the Year as well.

While serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, he brought the Freedom Train and the Dutch Sloops to Tarrytown during the village's Bicentennial. He was formerly a captain and then associate member of Pocantico Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 as one of the "Big Six."

Byelick is survived by Janet, his wife of 53 years; his children, Barbara (Matthew) Wilson, Tom (Christina) Byelick and Stephen (Cynthia) Byelick Jr.; his grandchildren, Chelsea, Katelyn, Thomas, William, Cheryl, Tom and Greg; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother,s John, William, Paul and Milan, and his sister, Anne Deely, as well as his first wife, Helen Sabo Byelick. Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 4-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be at Christ Episcopal Church on Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. with interment to follow in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation to The Tarrytown Music Hall, Make A Wish Foundation, the COC or the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center.

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