8/20/2018 – John R. Greenizen, Clayton

8/20/2018 – John R. Greenizen, Clayton

Mr. John R. Greenizen, 61, of Greenizen Road in Clayton, died Friday, August 17th, at Upstate Medical University.

Calling hours will be 6-8pm, on Thursday, August 23rd, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. The funeral will be held Friday, August 24th, at 11am, at the funeral home.

John was born May 2nd, 1957, in Watertown, the son of Richard and Margaret Cochrane Greenizen. He graduated from 1000 Islands High School.

On September 6th, 2014, he married Laura Wood.

John worked at the former Phinney’s Gas Station, was also an Auto Mechanic at Phinney’s Chev-Olds, also for Woodley Dee Mechanicals for a time, and he worked for over 16 years at Empire Northeast Inc. out of Gouverneur. He also was self-employed in the plumbing business.

He enjoyed riding his Harley’s, doing yard work, photography, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife Laura, is his son Matthew, and his companion Traci Bickelhaupt, who he considered his daughter-in-law, of Clayton; two step daughters, Katie and Lindsay Dunay; two grandchildren that loved their Papa, Camdyn and Morgan; three sisters, Janice Zemany of Saranac Lake, Kitty (Bruce) Councilman of Florida, and Kristine (Martin) Barrett of Rochester; one brother, Kurt of New Hampshire; one niece, Kathryn Greenizen; and one nephew, Adam Zemany.

Donations can be made in his name to Credo Community Center, 595 W. Main Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.



  1. Kurt,
    Thinking of you and your family. Sorry for your loss. Remember the good times…..how you and he got lost in the El-Camino trying to find my house. Take care.

  2. Jim Hludzenski Posted

    My condolences to the family at this time of loss. John was a person who freely gave his time for people around him when it was needed. John will certainly be missed in this world. He was a true friend.

  3. Sherry Freeburn Posted

    Kurt and family. You are all in my thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Roland Van Deusen Posted

    John was a funny, warm, loveable man’s man. He taught me and many others a lot about living life on life’s terms. He was a true friend and we all were lucky to know him. We believe in a Higher Power, who I ask to have mercy on his soul and comfort all those who’ve ever loved him. This was all too soon, but his suffering’s over.

  5. Patti Constance Posted

    Laura and Matt, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with youPatti

  6. John was a good man and a wonderful father. I am grateful for our time together, and I’m holding him and his whole family very close to my heart for the next few days. Much love to you all ❤️

  7. Marlene Harnden (nee Cochrane) Posted

    on behalf of the Cochrane family, I am sending our deepest sympathies to Laura & girls, Mathew and family, siblings Kitty, Janice, Kristine, Kurt and their families. Growing up we always thought John was the cool cousin. Although as we grew up and those visits became fewer and fewer, you were always on our minds. We do have those childhood memories of Christmas past, graduations,weddings, thanksgivings.
    I am truly sorry that our families could not be together for the reunion but I now am clear that it was very important for your family to be together while John was ill. And even though his recovery was short lived, his time on earth was complete. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
    Ours thoughts and prayers are with you at this time love from Aunt Barbara Cochrane, Cheryl (Mike Clayson), Marlene (DavidHarnden), Leslie (Dwayne Taylor), Joanne (Wally Kettleson)

  8. Dave Johnson Posted

    John was a good honest man who cared about other people
    and would always go out of his way to help you.
    He was always upbeat & good natured. We will all
    miss him. My condolences to his family & friends.
    RIP JOHN..

  9. So shocked, I knew John thru friends from TI school. He was such a funny guy. RIP John.

  10. Leslie Varner Posted

    My condolences Matthew, your dad was a great guy and neighbor. he helped us out a few times.
    As kids you and your sister played with my boys,Todd and Dustin Frickman.
    So very sorry for your loss.

    Leslie Varner

  11. Todd and Julie (Dickson) Gillard Posted

    Kurt, Kristine, Jan and Kitty, I am so very sorry for the loss of John. Matthew, and Traci I haven’t met you yet but hope to in the coming days, so sorry for the the loss of your Dad

  12. Caryl Mallette Posted

    Janice, Kitty, Kristine, Kurt, Matt and families: I am very sorry for your loss. Remembering all the times over the years we went back and forth playing in each other’s yards!! Thinking of you all. God Bless.

  13. Julie Turcotte Posted

    I was so saddened to hear of Johns passing. I have so many fond memories of him during our high school days. I ran into him a couple of times when visiting the Clayton area and found him to be the same kind, funny guy. My sympathies to the entire Greenizen family.

  14. Melinda Moore Posted

    Matt and Traci,
    John and I, as well as our children will miss your father so very much. He was a great friend and confidant to our family. We have so many fond memories of our “ John’s “ together for meals around our table or car shows that came to town and sitting around your kitchen table sipping great coffee and conversation. It’s a hollow feeling now when we drive through Clayton, and not stopping by your dad’s house. We miss him so much already.
    We look forward to the time we spend with your family in the future as we reminisce fond memories of your Dad.
    John, watch over this family and surround them with light. God bless and may your angels keep watch.
    John and Mindy Moore

  15. farewell to a colleague
    concolences to the family

  16. Michael MacDougall Posted

    Janice, Kitty, Kris & Kurt,

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing. I sincerely hope that his death was peaceful and that many of you were there for him. You are in my prayers…

    Michael MacDougall

  17. Mae & Steve Slagsvol Posted

    We are saddened by John’s passing, and for your loss as a family.
    We only knew him for the 3 years that he helped us maintain our rental cottage in Clayton, but he was always kind and professional in our dealings.
    We thought highly of him and will miss him.
    All Our Best to you.
    Mae & Steve

  18. Kelly Bushey Posted

    To John’s wife and family: I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s been many years since I’ve even seen John. We were childhood friends on Greenizen Rd., and uses to skate on the family creek. He was a good man, and a hard worker from all I remember. From Kelly MacGregor Bushey

  19. kim pealo Posted

    So sorry for your loss. This is Kim and JJ.jj has known your dad for 53 years. Please call him if you can 585-498-0678

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