Farrell recalled that Engle was able to accomplish so much because he listened to everyone and weighed their opinions with openness and diplomacy.
"Cal brought various elements in town together, and he accomplished a tremendous amount for the town," Farrell added. "He continued to serve the community after he left office, not only through various organizations, but as an individual."
Engle memorialized in services
Engle's civic involvement was honored by the services that a half-dozen organizations conducted during his calling hours, held Sunday afternoon at the Alexander-Baker Funeral Home. The wake drew hundreds to pay their respects.
Officials of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., Lake George Fire Department, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4821, American Legion Post 446, the Warrensburg Masons, and Knights of Columbus, all honored Engle by conducting, in full dress uniforms, individual services of respect, funeral home employee Kate McGinn said.
"It was really touching," she said.
Monday's ceremonies honoring Engle began at the funeral home with respects paid by the two fire companies. The firefighters viewed a video tribute featuring photographs of Engle's life prepared by Dave Alexander. The photographs depicted Engle's military career, firefighting service, family vacations, and business and political career.
Engle's remains were then transported in a hearse in a solemn procession south down Main Street - with the roadway cleared of traffic and firefighters marching in full dress - to the municipal park named in his honor. The procession then reversed course and ended at St. Cecilia's Church, where the funeral was held.
Two of Engle's sons, Brian and Steve, offered eulogies. Cal's granddaughter Bryana offered reminiscences relating to a wicker basket she had filled with her grandfather's mementos, awards and personal items - and told how each item told a story about her father. Donna Engle, Brian's wife, offered a scripture.