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February 3rd, 2010

Abraham Morehead Jr. dies at 91



Abraham Lincoln “Linc” Morehead, Jr.

Newburgh - On January 26, 2010, Abraham Lincoln Morehead, Jr. passed away. The only son of the late Abraham Lincoln Morehead, Sr. and Cora O'Neill Morehead, he was born on February 4, 1918 in Plattekill. He was a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, loyal friend and business leader.

"Linc", as most people and business associates called him, dedicated himself 100% to everything he did. Most of all, he sacrificed his entire life to his large family, to give each and every one of his children a better life than he himself had.

His accomplishments in the world of the automobile business are legendary to all who knew him. His three most valued principles were truth, honesty and integrity; and he strived to incorporate these into both his personal and work lives. Abraham Lincoln was certainly a fitting name for him since, until the very end, he lived just like "Honest Abe."

As a major dealer of Honda and Volvo, he was quickly recognized by his peers for his enviable reputation in a very difficult profession.

Linc started his business from just one automobile during his teenage years at a barn on the family fruit farm in Marlboro. With determination, dedication and many seven-day work weeks, he survived the Depression years and grew consistently to own the three dealerships with his sons, that currently employ over one hundred employees. He always treated everyone with utmost respect and lived by the philosophy that you can learn something from everyone if you are willing to give them five minutes of your time. He was very modest, remaining in the background of all gatherings and always felt awkward when he was in the spotlight.

One of the many and most memorable moments of his life was being named one of ten finalists for the American-International Automobile Dealer Associations Dealer of the Year Award in 2006. He was chosen from over 11,000 applicants world-wide and was recognized by his constituents and peers at a special dinner in Washington, DC, with many guest speakers, including Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. The criteria for receiving the award were based on numerous accomplishments including his generosity to local community agencies, charities and fundraising events that he so firmly believed in. Linc was one of the oldest and most dedicated members of St. Mary’s Church in Newburgh. He was also a member of the New York State Automobile Dealer Association, an original member of both the Town of Newburgh Lions Club and the Middlehope Fire Company.

He enjoyed meeting and sharing his many life stories with everyone he met. Holidays were a favorite time for him, where the entire family would meet for special dinners together. Many knew him as a humble gentleman who enjoyed gardening, meticulously mowing his lawn and restoring antique automobiles.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Barbara Farkas, of almost 70 years, whom he married on June 23, 1940 in St. Mary’s Church; five sons: Robert (Barbara), Lincoln James (Bettejane), Ronald, John (Irena) and Brian (Eileen); 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Jennie McClain of Marlboro; many nieces and nephews; and last, but not least, his beloved dog, Princess. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan (Dolly) Measel.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated last Saturday, January 30th, at St. Mary’s Church in Newburgh; to which friends and relatives attended. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.


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