3/31/2021 – Gerald B. Bristol, LaFargeville

Mr. Gerald B. Bristol, 93, of LaFargeville, died Monday, March 29th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

The funeral service will be Friday, April 2nd, at 3pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton with Father Donald Robinson and Father Arthur LaBaff officiating. A burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville. There will be no public calling hours.

Gerald was born June 15th, 1927, in Ogdensburg, the son of Curtis and Florence Keating Bristol. He graduated from Morristown School.

On June 11th, 1949, he married the former Joan Ely at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Alexandria Bay.

Gerald worked for Crowley Foods in various capacities, including, machine operator, custodian, and foreman, retiring in 1988 after 39 years.

He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, and former member of the Brier Hill Fire Department.

Gerald loved all sports, and some of his favorite teams were the New York Yankees, and Notre Dame. But his favorite games where those played by his grandchildren in LaFargeville.

Surviving besides his wife of 72 years are four children, Tom (Valerie) of LaFargeville, Marsha (Lee) Bretsch of LaFargeville, David (Kathryn) of Florida, and Terry Lantier of Clayton; eight grandchildren, Brian and Matthew Lantier, Cassandra Wurst, Kelly Hull, Jeff Bretsch, Erin Mullin, Heather Bristol, and Megan Chirico; Thirteen great grandchildren, Alexis, Laura, Sara, Rebecca, Aidan, Noah, Sam, Leo, Emma, Grant, Lily, Brayden, and Sawyer; one brother, Donald of Georgia; one sister, Shirly McManus of Florida; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. Watertown, NY 13601 or St. John-Evangelist Catholic Church, Main Street, LaFargeville, NY 13656, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624.


  1. Don Bristol Posted

    Condolences to Gerald’s family from his brother Don and family. I will miss talking to him. Don

  2. To The Bristol Family,
    I’m sorry to hear about Gerald passing.
    Thinking of you all.
    Stay strong for your mom.
    God Bless you all

  3. Chris sharrow Posted

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are with your family during this trying time.

  4. Donna Taylor Posted

    As a classmate of Terri’s we always found him at all the games and things at LCS. I also got to work with him a short while at Crowleys to. A better man you couldn’t find. Sending prayers to all that Loved him and may he RIP.

  5. Phillips T Sanford Posted

    Remembering back in High School at LCS when working at the milk plant in the summers, and Gerry was my first boss, he was so good to work for. We became friends from that time on. He often spoke of my older brother Dick, and sports BASEBALL, and Matt!! Gerry was a real good man and will be missed. My Condolence to the Bristol Family Tommy Sanford

  6. Elizabeth Daugherty Posted

    To half of my pew buddies, I wish Gerald a grand send off. Hoping the former Yanks will greet him with open arms and a front row seat to all games. Gerald your wife will miss you as will your family, but they have memories to keep them happy forever! God take care of Gerald today and always!

  7. Lou & Cheryl Plank Posted

    Our love for this family knows no bounds! We enjoyed talking to Gerald on Saturday mornings at the diner, at sports events, and at the post office. He was a kind gentleman and Louie enjoyed sparring with him over the Yankee-RedSox games. We are so sorry for his passing, and the loss of a LaFargeville giant! Our condolences and prayers go out to you all. He will be greatly missed!

  8. Timothy J Paige Posted

    Rest in peace Uncle Gerald, A great guy that will be greatly missed!

  9. Larry Orvis Posted

    My prayers and thought for the Bristol family – My grandfather, Giles Furgison, had a farm in Brier Hill, near the Bristols – My uncle Earl and Gerald were friends, met Gerald and Joan a couple times in Lafargville in the 1959/60 time frame –
    Prayers for all the family

  10. Eric Trahan Posted

    Mr. Bristol was always friendly and kind to me and my brother when we visited our grandparents, the Van Brocklins. He was a good neighbor. I know he has found joy on the “other side” as he reunited with his ancestors! My condolences to his family.

    Eric Trahan

  11. So sorry to hear of his passing. So sweet. He always came into FK Gailey to pay his bill. Walking with a cane but never let it keep him from getting out and around. Always hD great talks a out the history of LaFargeville. I’ll miss him along with every body else. Rest I peace Gerald.

  12. Scott & Debbie Aubertine Posted

    Our condolences to his wife and children, especially Tom. I know, at times, my Dad and him would sit together to watch Tom and I play baseball together. He always had a smile and word of encouragement for us. I can imagine him and my Dad watching that big baseball game in Heaven. Peace and comfort to the family.

  13. Diane olmstead Posted

    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I always had so much fun with all of you from my la far vehicle table at Omar Hotel over the years

  14. Loree Bowman Posted

    Sending our condolences to the Bristol family. Though we are far away, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in the days to come, Ramona Comstock and Loree (Bretsch) Bowman

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