Among them, in chronological order of their death:
• Americo “Merf” Aragosa: The retired General Electric engineer and husband of Cornell’s restaurant owner JoAnn Cornell Aragosa was a fixture at her Schenectady restaurant, playing his 120-bass Ferrari model accordion there. He died January 5 at the age of 81.
• John Wisniewski: “Johnny Wiz,” as he was known, died February 5 at the age of 60 after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He was regarded by many as one of the metro area’s top bartenders, He held forth at such establishments as Justin's, McGuire's and Dale Miller (now Taste) in Albany, 43 Phila in Saratoga Springs and MezzaNotte Ristorante in Guilderland.
• Bob Carney: The Long Island native, who was owner-operator, with his wife Rosemary, of Carney’s Tavern in Ballston Lake for 30 years, died on February 22 at the age of 71.
• Tom Genovese: The 38-year-old owner of the Sunspot Café in Albany died in a motorcycle accident on March 13.
• Fred Buonanno: Known as “Fred the Butcher," the name of his meat markets for 30 years including the current operation in Halfmoon, died April 22 at age 71.
• Anthony “Tony” Schillaci: The founder of Carbonic Sales & Service, which provided beverage-dispensing equipment and ice machines to Capital Region restaurants for more than 60 years, died April 23 at the age of 84. He also owned the On the Shelf bar in the former DeWitt Clinton Hotel in downtown Albany in the 1980s and was past vice president of the National Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association.
• Larry Bogdanow: The Manhattan architect, 64, was known for designing such famous New York City restaurants as Union Square Café, Union Pacific, Savoy and Wild Blue, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. The resident of Chatham, Columbia County, where he was a part-time farmer and proponent of the slow food movement, died June 27.
• Henry Junco: The longtime local restaurateur, 86, died June 29 at his Florida home. At one time, he was a major player on the local restaurant scene with interests in such establishments as The Golden Fox in Colonie, Quintessence in Albany and Stone Ends in Glenmont.
• Jim “Red” Carr III: The former restaurateur, 63, died July 7. He owned a number of restaurants in Saratoga Springs, Troy and, in Albany, Hilary's, Hurley's and McGeary's.
• Jarid Valenti: Jarid, who died August 6, worked at Villa Valenti, his family’s Wynantskill restaurant, and operated the business’s social media activities.
• Pat McHenry: The popular bar manager, 49, at Franklin’s Tower in Albany on October 12. He was known as a trivia expert in local club contest circles.
• Cliff Brown: The co-owner, with wife Jane, of the Miss Albany Diner, died October 31 at the age of 83. The Browns ran the standing-room-only operation for more than two decades in the city’s warehouse district
• Sal DiCarlo: The founder of DiCarlo’s Gentlemen’s Club in Colonie,which he operated for more than 20 years, died November 4. He was 81.
• Art Ginsberg: The Troy native, 81, who created the “Mr. Food” persona that came to national notice during a long-running TV cooking series, died November 21 of pancreatic cancer at his Florida home.
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