WARRENSBURG - Former Town Supervisor Calvin Engle, a man who was known for his unparalleled civic involvement, was fondly remembered by community leaders this week following his funeral Monday, Feb. 14.
Engle, 86, who operated landmark local businesses and served an active role in 18 local organizations, died Feb. 10 at Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in North Creek.
Hours after the funeral, town supervisor Kevin Geraghty said Engle was for many decades a pillar of the community and had touched many lives through his involvement.
"All Cal's actions in the organizations he worked in were always for the betterment of the community," Geraghty said.
As town supervisor in the mid-1980s, Engle was credited for moving the town government forward into the modern era - primarily by initiating zoning and planning efforts, advocating intermunicipal cooperation, and launching work towards responsible sewage waste disposal.
Engle also served the nation as a soldier in World War II, enlisting with the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and serving with distinction until 1945. At that point, he returned to Warrensburg and operated Cal's Diner from 1946 until 1962, when he and his wife, Jeannette, inaugurated Engle's Department Store. They owned and operated this enterprise - the only locally based dry goods store in the area - until 1988.
Engle led the community forward
Cal Engle was elected to the Warrensburg Town Board in 1979, and served in the post from 1980 through 1983, when he was elected town supervisor. He served in that post for two, two-year terms.
Former Town Attorney Robert Farrell, who had advised Engle and helped organize his campaigns, said the former supervisor had an unprecedented influence on the future direction of the town.
"Cal Engle provided an opening into a more sophisticated form of governance in the community," he said, noting Engle had initiated movements toward zoning, health and land-use regulations that now protect a high quality of life in town. "Cal listened to many ideas, and he implemented the ideas he felt were good for the community."