9/9/2013 – Frank W. Slate, Grindstone Island

9/9/2013 – Frank W. Slate, Grindstone Island

Mr. Frank W. Slate, age 45, of Grindstone Island died Sunday, Sept 8th.

Calling hours will be from 3-7pm Thursday, Sept.12, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. There will be a graveside committal service at 10am, Friday morning at Grindstone Island Cemetery. A reception will follow at Dodge Hall.

Clayton Island Tours will be providing transportation for anyone who would like to attend the funeral on Friday. Pickup will be at 9am at the Clayton Municipal Docks, downtown, with a return time of 1:30pm.

Donations can be made in his name to an Education Fund for his daughter, Emma, C/O Community Bank, State Street, Clayton.

Frank was born October 18, 1967, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Erma Slate. He was a 1986 graduate of Thousand Islands High School.

Frank worked as a Marine Mechanic until the time of his death for over 27 years for Northern Marine. All who worked with Frank at the marina were considered members of his family.

On August 25, 2001, he married the former Betty Paxton, on Grindstone Island, with over 400 people attending.

Frank enjoyed going to Potters Beach, hunting, snowmobiling, carving decoys and especially spending time with his daughter Emma.

Surviving besides his wife Betty is a daughter, Emma, at home; his mother, Erma Slate of Grindstone; one brother Harry and is wife Urch (Eileen) of Grindstone; his mother-in-law and her husband Kitty and Salt Garnsey of Florida; aunts and uncles; nieces, nephews, cousins: and his extended family and friends of Grindstone Island.

9/6/2013 – Donald R. Pierce, St. Lawrence Corners

Mr. Donald R. Pierce, age 77, died Thursday at the Samaritan Keep Home where he was a resident.

The funeral will be 11am on Monday, Sept. 9, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Donna Fitchette officiating. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Corners cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-5pm at the funeral home.

Don was born February 20, 1936, in Theresa, the son of Clarence and Flora Webb Pierce. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1955.

On August 30, 1959, he married the former Janet Tallman in Sackets Harbor.

Don worked for a time at the Grand Union Supermarkets in Mexico, Watertown, Clayton and Pulaski. He retired in February of 1998 at Buker’s Big M in Clayton, where he was grocery manager.

He served in the United States Naval Reserves for 12 years.

Don was a former member of the Mexico Lions Club, where he was also King Lion. He was a former member of the Mexico Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge #136.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, cooking, bowling and coaching little league baseball.

Surviving besides his wife Janet are one son, Robert of Clayton; two daughters and their husbands, Paul and Amy Garceau of LaFargeville, and Tim and Karen Doney of Clayton; three grandchildren, Erin Doney, Ian Doney and Christopher Garceau; one great grandson Brendan; three brothers, William (Ruby) Brady of Cazenovia, Wendell (Eileen) Pierce of Watertown, and Larry Pierce of Brownville; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Gerald and Clarence Jr. both of Watertown, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Samaritan Keep Home Patient Care Fund.

8/15/2013 – George A. Allen, Clayton

8/15/2013 – George A. Allen, Clayton

Mr. George A. Allen, age 73, of House Rd., passed away Wednesday at the River Hospital in Alexandria Bay after being stricken at home. There will be a graveside committal service Saturday, Aug. 17, at 3pm at the Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery with full military honors. Dress is casual.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home.

George was born November 26th, 1939, in Moira, NY, the son Albert and Kathryn Pierce Allen. He attended schools in Albany. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 where he served until 1957. He then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served until he retired in 1978 at the rank of Petty Officer First Class.

After his Navy retirement Mr. Allen worked in Charleston, SC, before moving to Clayton in 1984. George worked at Clayton Marina as a forklift operator until 1992 where he then became a truck driver for Ikon Office Solutions, retiring in 2003.

He married the former Elizabeth Mulyca on December 20, 1975. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Deborah Karrick of Charleston, SC, Tina Randle of Clayton and Tracie Heise of Rochester; one son Richard (Stephanie)  Badi of Clayton; six grandchildren, Shalee Karrick of Charleston, SC, Jill Randle of Watertown, Wyatt and Dillon Badi both of Clayton, Peyton Elizabeth and Nathan Heise of Rochester; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and one sister died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Fleet Reserve Association, Administrative Headquarters, 125 N. West St., Alexandria Virginia 22314-2754.

7/24/2013 – David I. Brown Sr., Clayton

7/24/2013 – David I. Brown Sr., Clayton

Mr. David I. Brown Sr., age 58, of Clayton, died Monday at his residence where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Calling hours will be Friday, July 26, from 10am-12 at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home. A gravesite committal service will be at the Clayton Cemetery following calling hours. A reception will follow at the Clayton Fire Department.

Dave was born June 27, 1955 in Alexandria Bay, the son of John and Carol Matthews Brown. He attended Clayton Schools.

On April 26, 1975, he married the former Jean Slate with Justice of Peace Harry Cornell officiating. He worked for many years for Kellogg and Merciers Marinas as a fiberglass technician.

Dave enjoyed working on boat motors, country music and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife Jean is one daughter and her husband, Rebecca (Robin) Brant of Ontario, Canada; three sons, David Jr. of Clayton, Ernest Sr. and his companion Barbara of Cape Vincent and John and his wife Jennifer of Clayton; 10 grandchildren; four brothers, Andy and Richard of Clayton, Victor of Cape Vincent and Billy and his Fiancé Lisa Solar of Alexandria Bay; two sisters, LouAnn and her companion Mead Bishop, and Susan and her companion Danny Gushlaw all of Clayton; two brother in laws and a sister in law, Les Sanford of Cape Vincent,  Kenneth & Misty Partridge of Clayton; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Two sisters, Cindy Brown and Vicky Sanford, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Three Mile Bay Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

6/7/13 – Ralph E. Johnson, Clayton

Mr. Ralph E. Johnson, age 77, a summer resident of Clayton, died May 31 in Syracuse. Calling hours are scheduled from 4-6pm, Monday, June 24, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A prayer service will follow at 6pm with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating.

Surviving is his wife Nancy, who he married in 1956. One son, Ralph and his wife Diane of Tennessee; One daughter Cynthia and Ralph DeLoma of Florida; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister Sylvia Baghdady of Connecticut; nieces and nephews.

Ralph, a retired firefighter, was a member of the Tuesday Geritol Golf League and the Wednesday Men’s Twilight Golf League.

Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S.

6/4/2013 – Robert D. Rivers, Clayton

6/4/2013 – Robert D. Rivers, Clayton

There will be a celebration of life for Mr. Robert D. Rivers Friday evening at 8pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be from 6pm until the time of the service.

Bob died December 20, 2012 at age 70.

Bob was born in Clayton May 24, 1942, the son of Harold and Marguerite Brown Rivers. He attended area schools.

Bob served in the United States Armed Forces and was honorably discharged.

He worked for years as welder at the former Frinks Snowplow in Clayton. Bob was a longtime member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and received a bravery award for saving a little boy who fell through the ice on February 22, 1992.

Bob married the former Faith Ann Spandish November 3, 1973. Faith Ann died November 25, 2008.

Surviving are six sisters, Ruth Dunbar of Glenfield, Vernice Duford of Clayton, Bessie (Leo) Bennett of Watertown, Francis Bennett of Watertown, Anne Patterson of Albany and Terry Burns of Florida; one brother James of Dexter; nieces and nephews.

Six siblings died before him; Pattie, Harold, William, John, Thomas and Marilyn Russell.

4/24/2013 – Michael J. Lamphere, Clayton

A Celebration of life for Michael J. Lamphere, age 55, will be on Thursday, May 2, from 1 to 3pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, followed by a short prayer service at 3pm. Mike died April 22, in Watertown.

Mike was born June 17, 1957, in Lisbon, Portugal, the son of Donald and Lois Conover Lamphere. He graduated from 1000 Islands High School.

He worked construction for many years and was last employed by Hummel Construction.

Mike enjoyed painting.

Surviving besides his parents are five brothers, Donald and Brian of Florida, Dave of Albany, Bob of Clayton, and Jim of South Carolina; nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in his name to the Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

4/21/2013 – Thelma M. Dano, Clayton

4/21/2013 – Thelma M. Dano, Clayton

The funeral for Mrs. Thelma M. Dano, age 91, who died Saturday at the SamaritanMedicalCenter, will be 3pm on Thursday April 25, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home with Reverend Donald Briant officiating. Calling hours will be from 1pm until the time of the service on Thursday. Burial will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Thelma was born on May 24, 1921, in Brownville, the daughter of Winfield and Carrie Weaver Docteur. She was schooled in Chaumont.

On September 1, 1939, she married Ellsworth Dano. Mr. Dano died on May 3, 1981.

She and her husband owned and operated the Redwood Diner and Grocery and also Dano’s Dabbers Painting Company for a time. She also worked for Sunnyside Nursing Home in Syracuse and for the last fifteen years she worked for the Clayton Payntor Senior Citizens Center in the ceramic department retiring in 1997.

Thelma loved to crochet, bingo and playing board games. She especially loved to play poker with her family and winning money from her grandkids.

She will be missed by all and in our hearts forever.

She is survived by one son Billy from Florida; three daughters, Sue (Joe) Shaw of Syracuse, Darleen Barbrow and her companion Art VanTassel of Theresa, and Marla Piper of Jamesville; two daughter in laws, Sandy of Clayton and Addie of Watertown; 21 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; one sister Catherine Walker of Chaumont; one half-sister Georgina Docteur of Maryland; nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Ellsworth, she is predeceased by three sons, James who died on April 6th of 2013, Wayne and Nelson as well as Nelson’s wife Anna, one grandson, Joey Shaw. Six brothers and sisters.

4/8/2013 – James E. Dano, Watertown

4/8/2013 – James E. Dano, Watertown

James E. Dano, 72, of Allen Road, died Saturday, April 6, at Rome Memorial Hospital.

Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, Clayton, with the funeral to follow at 4 p.m.

Born July 22, 1940, in Clayton, the son of Ellsworth and Thelma Docteur Dano, he graduated from Cape Vincent High School and Jefferson Community College.

He served in the Air Force from 1959 to 1960.

He married the former Adelaid Kalk on July 22, 1962, at the Clayton Methodist Church.

Jim worked for a time for the United States Army Map Service as a map drawer.

He also volunteered as an ambulance driver and EMT at Dexter Volunteer Fire Department, where he was also a member.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and doing crafts.

Surviving besides his wife are five sons, Steven and Ronald, Watertown, Michael (Colleen), Depauville, Edward, Missouri and James (Susan), Middletown; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother Thelma, Clayton; four sisters, Darlene Barbrow, Theresa, Marla Piper, Jamestown, Billie, Florida, and Sue (Joe) Shaw, Syracuse; a sister-in-law, Sandra Dano, Clayton; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Wayne and Nelson, both died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Dexter Volunteer Fire Department.

10/24/2012 – Mary E. Yerdon, LaFargeville

The funeral for Mary E. Yerdon, 74, will be Saturday at 11am at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton with Donna Fitchette officiating. Burial will follow at the Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville. Calling hours will be from 5-8pm Friday at the funeral home.

 Mary was born December 14, 1938 in the Town of Orleans the daughter of Charles and Bertha McKinley Gillette. She attended Evans Mills schools. On May 11th, 1956 she married Wendell J. Yerdon.

 Mary owned and operated Yerdon Greenhouses for many years. She enjoyed going to flea markets, auctions, operating several variety stores, cooking and baking. Her greatest love was for all of her family.

 There will be a reception following the graveside service at the LaFargeville American Legion.

 Surviving besides her husband Wendell is her mother, Bertha of Ogdensburg; four daughters, Sindy (Hal) Matthews of Clayton, Elizabeth (Steve) Rolfe of Clayton, Tina (Colin) Mitchell of Clayton, Virginia (Dave) Sanford of LaFargeville; four sons, Wendell and his companion Gloria Fisher of LaFargeville, Jeffrey (Gloria) of Oswego, Jamie (Wanda) of LaFargeville, William and his companion Sue Herbert of Naples; 23 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

 One brother Harold died in 1969 and six siblings died in infancy.