1/25/2017 – W. Russell Beckwith, Theresa

Mr. W. Russell Beckwith, age 83, formerly of Clayton, died Monday, Jan. 23rd, at his residence. There will be a Celebration from 2-5pm, on Saturday, Jan. 28th, at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. A Memorial Service will at 4pm, with Reverend Donald Briant officiating.

Burial will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery on July 3rd, at a time to be announced.

Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Russ was born March 24th, 1933, in Livonia, N.Y., the son of Avary and Bernadine Cisco. He attended Livonia schools.

He entered the Army Air Corp December 28th, 1950. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal, on December 15th, 1953.

On August 7th, 1954, he married the former Myrna Ellsworth in Victor, N.Y. They were married for 62 years.

Russ worked for Iron Workers Local 33 in Rochester doing structural building, retiring in 1976. They moved to Clayton in 1969, before his retirement, and retired from dairy farming in 1994.

He was a former member of the Masons, the Shriners, Eagles, Moose, and Eastern Star, the Am vets, and was an honorary member of the Clayton Fire Department.

Russ especially enjoyed playing Santa Clause for kids in the area for many years. He loved helping everyone and doing many pig roasts.

Surviving besides his wife Myrna, are three sons, Scott (Patty), Stephen, and Curt (Karen) all of Theresa; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Seth (Shirley) of Antwerp; one sister, Norine, of Lyons, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his daughter Starleen, in 1976; three brothers, Asa, Calvin, and Berton; and one sister, Christine Schuldes.

Donations can be made in his name to either the Clayton Fire Department, or the Theresa Fire Department.



  1. STEVE BICKOM Posted

    My heart goes out to you folks at this time, I lost my father August 16, Russell always reminded me of my father a gentle,feindly,giant god bless you at this time, no more suffering

  2. Cynthia Tibbles Posted

    Wow, 🙁 am sorry to hear about Russell passing away… He was a very pleasant man, I had the pleasure of meeting him and talking… He always put a smile on my face and many others… Sure is gonna be missed always… Prayers and thoughts to the family and friends…

  3. Pat Rogers LeConey Posted

    My heart goes out to the Beckwith family for your loss. I hope all your good memories help you through this difficult time.

  4. Luann Fisher Hunt Posted

    My love and heart goes out to your family…..I can still see his beautiful blue eyes and his eyelashes after all these years. He will always have a place in my heart. God Bless.

  5. Jim & Laurie Wallenhorst very sorry four loss we never met Russell but we know he was a great person our prayers are with your family

  6. Gary Swanson Posted

    My condolences to the Beckwith family. I worked with Rus when I was a young Iron Worker. He taught me a lot about the business, and he was a pleasure to work with.

  7. Casey Denicola & Judy Wilms Posted

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Beckwith family. Mr. Beckwith always made the kids happy when he dressed up like Santa. My deceased father Robert Flath thought very highly of him as well. He was a great person. May he rest in peace.

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