Emerson "Tuki" DuBois, 72, of Kingston, NY, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Westchester Medical Center. He was born August 18, 1948 in Kingston, NY.
He attended Kingston High School and later in life received his Associates Degree from Ulster County Community College and graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz with his Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. For many years he owned and operated Tuki's TV repair. He was a member of the Mendelssohn Club and the Reformed Church of the Comforter in Kingston where he served on the Consistory and was a Sunday School Teacher.
In his younger years, Tuki was a Golden Gloves Boxer and was a body builder, participating in numerous competitions in the area. He is part Native American and participated in Native American ceremonies locally and in South Dakota. Tuki was a published poet, he enjoyed wood carving, loved reading to his grandchildren, and was an avid hiker in the Shawangunks.
He is survived by his wife, Diana DuBois of Kingston, his son, Emerson E. DuBois, IV and his wife Michele of Greenwich, NY, his stepchildren, Jessica R. Davis and her husband Ryan of Kingston, Ashley Nicolato and her husband David of North Carolina, and Collin Haines and his wife Courtney of Oregon, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews, etc.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston. Services will be held at a later date. Donations in Tuki's name may be made to Reformed Church of the Comforter Memorial Fund, 26 Wynkoop Place, Kingston, NY 12401. A tribute for Emerson can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Thanks for helping stay on the straight path way back in 1985!
My brother and I were both trained by "Tuki D" as amateur boxers, in the late 1970's. At the time he worked with my Dad Pat Peone at Markle's TV on Washington Ave. in fact, Tuki is my sister Christina's Godfather. In the peak of his body building days, I remember him telling me that he would settle for a second place finish, rather than taking steroids to bulk up. He was a man of principles. My deepest sympathies go out to Tuki's family. My best to you all, Chris Peone
While I have only known Emerson for a few years, I know he did his best to make the world a better place. He had an honest and kind way about him. His love of the Lord, and desire to serve Jesus Christ shown through each conversation I had with him. I will miss seeing him, hearing his voice and and being humbled by his kind words. Emerson, May our Lord bless you. May He keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you; May he lift his countenance upon you and grant you perfect peace for all eternity.
I will always remember the gentle side of you. Many hours we spent together working on TVs. You were a great tech and also helped me through some crazy times.
Always with a brilliant smile
He was an extraordinary person full of color and joy. The world seems less vibrant without him. My warmest thoufhts and deepest condolences to you all.
He was always a great friend in High School. A real good person. R.I.P. old friend....
Wishing the family fond memories that bring smiles in the future.
-Guy and Mimi Tucker
I sang with Emerson in the MendelssohnChoir and, although I didn't know him well, I was amazed and glad to read more about his life.
Diana, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
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