2/1/2021 – Ernest E. Taylor, Clayton

Mr. Ernest E. Taylor, 61, died January 31st, at his residence, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will be announced this summer.

Ernie was born October 20th, 1959, in Watertown, the son of Ernest and Francis Hagerty Taylor.

He grew up in Henderson until 1971, when his family moved to Florida. Ernie returned to the Clayton area in 1994.

He was a mechanic by trade, and could fix vehicles, boats, and small engines. While in Florida, he owned some of his own car repair shops. He also worked for a time for Rusty Johnson Masonry.

Ernie enjoyed fishing, going to the Can-Am race track, where he talked to the drivers about their cars.

Surviving are four children, Michelle Close of Florida, Amy Lynd also of Florida, Ernie Jr. of Alabama, and Katie Taylor and her companion Lucas Main of Copenhagen, and their daughter Jaqueline Main;  many grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Tom (Donna) Taylor, Sharon Taylor, Betty Thompson, Mary (Donnie) Roland, Patricia Cox, John Taylor, and Laurie Taylor; nieces and nephews.

1/31/2021 – Gertrude F. Eckert, LaFargeville

Gertrude F.  Eckert, 90, peacefully passed away on January 28th, 2021, at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown, NY, with her family at her side.

Gertrude was born February 14th, 1930, in Cape Vincent, NY.  She was the daughter of Charles A. and Eleanor Peggs Gregor.  She graduated from Cape Vincent High School in 1947 and then went on to the Watertown School of Commerce. She worked at Edgewood Resort for over 20 years.  

She married Bruce W. Brougham on September 11th, 1948, at St. Vincent De Paul Church in Cape Vincent, NY, and they had 5 children. She later remarried to John H. Eckert on December 7th, 1988, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

John and Gertrude enjoyed spending their time travelling and spent most of their days living in their dream home that they built just outside of LaFargeville.  They loved going to dirt races all over the country and camping in their RV with their dogs and cats. She had a loving heart that was always open for any animal that needed a home. 

She is survived by her five children, Christopher Brougham, Lafargeville, NY; Lynda (John) Lawler, Lafargeville, NY; Gregor Brougham and his companion, Nikki, Point Peninsula, NY; Mary (Jan) Maas, Sackets Harbor, NY; Sandra Sneddon, Sackets Harbor, NY; four grandchildren, Daniel Maas, Buffalo, NY; Kristen Lawler, Syracuse, NY; Alexandra Maas, Orlando, FL; and Drew Sneddon, Sackets Harbor, NY; three sisters, Betty Rosecrans, Watertown, NY; Kathleen McCall, Barnwell, SC; Eleanor Martin, Syracuse, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, John Eckert, and her sister Patricia Wilder.

Private family services will be held in celebration of her life at the convenience of the family. There will be a graveside committal service in the Spring at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Country Pet Adoption Services (www.northcountrypetadoption.org, P.O. Box 217, Glenfield, NY 13343) or the Jefferson County SPCA.

1/24/2021 – Cassie L. Gushlaw, Clayton

Mrs. Cassandra (Cassie) L. Gushlaw, 51, of Clayton, died January 23rd, suddenly at her residence. Due to Covid the funeral will be private at the family’s convenience.

Cassie was born June 19th, 1969, in El Centro, California, the daughter of Bruce and Bobbie Hignight MacDonald. She attended 1000 Islands Schools.

On June 11th, 1988, she married, Michael Gushlaw, at his parents’ home in Clayton.

Cassie worked for a time for the United States Postal Service, for a short time at the Harbor Inn in Clayton, she helped her husband as owner and operators of the Napa Parts Store in Chaumont, and at the time of her death she helped run their business C&M Auto Repair in Clayton.

She was a member of the Clayton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Cassie loved shopping, and helping her husband take care of their goat farm where they had over 40 goats. She enjoyed playing Quick Draw at the CWay Inn and playing tickets at the Clayton American Legion.

Surviving besides her husband Mike, is her two sons, Cory and his companion JeriLynn Johnston, and Cole and his wife Stephanie; aunts and uncles.

One son, Michael, died in infancy in 1989.

Donations can be made in her name to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

1/24/2021 – Michael C. Cantwell, Clayton

Mr. Michael C. Cantwell, 67, of Clayton, died Thursday, January 21st, at the Samaritan Medical Center. There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place at the families convenience.

Mike was born, February 24th, 1953, in Watertown, the son Merle and Helen Carpenter Cantwell. He graduated from Clayton Central School in 1972.

On November 11th, 1983, he married the former Christine Barr at the Justice of the Peace in Clayton.

He retired in 2018 after over 33 years as a Mechanic at Beam Mac Company in Watertown.

Mike enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and his family, and he loved socializing. He was an avid lover of western movies.

He was a life member of the Depauville Fire Department.

Surviving besides his wife Christine, are his three children, his son Ryan, and two daughters, Amy (Buck) Robinson, and Amanda (John) Matthews, all of Clayton; five grandchildren, Brooke and Heather Robinson, Sabrina Matthews, Conner and Hailey Cantwell, all of Clayton.

Besides his parents, brothers David and Gene, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department, 15231 School Street, Depauville, N.Y. 13632.

1/2/2021 – Waylon Phelps, LaFargeville

Waylon William Phelps, infant son of Tiffany Aldrich and Ethan Phelps, passed away January 1st, at Samaritan Medical Center, due to sudden medical complications causing premature birth.

A burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the Spring at St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Gage, age 2, at home; paternal grandparents, William and Lori Phelps of Chaumont; maternal grandparents, Tammy Aldrich (Tom) of Clayton, Wayne Aldrich Sr. (Christina) of DeKalb, Texas, and Joyce Aldrich of Clayton; maternal great Grandparents, April Robinson of Clayton, and Raymond Robinson (Cynthia) of Cape Vincent; aunts, uncles and cousins.

12/29/2020 – Jack E. Carr Sr., Clayton

Jack E. Carr Sr., 73, of Clayton, passed away unexpectedly on December 27th, 2020.

Jack was born on June 5th, 1947 in Malone, New York, the son of Erwin (Slim) and Eileen Boyea Carr.

He attended elementary school in Fort Covington, N.Y., and graduated from Wilson High School in Niagara County.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, riding his Harley, caring for his animals, and enjoying time with his family and friends, and let’s not forget his love of Jaeger. 

Jack was passionate about racing and competed at Oswego Speedway where his son, Jack, Jr. assisted as a member on his father’s pitcrew.  

Jack was a Vietnam War Veteran where he was a member of the First Air Calvary entering in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969. He retired from Ft. Drum, 10th Mountain Division, where he worked for over 30 years, as a civilian mechanic fixing all kinds of vehicles.

He is survived by his children, Tana Carr (significant other,Michael Welch) and Jack Carr,Jr. (Margaret Carr); his  companion,Marchelle Wild, and her daughter, Alyssa Walters; grandchildren, Michael Robinson, Daniel Robinson, Jeffrey Robinson, Haley Reome, John Carr, Erik Carr, Roy Carr and Carrie Carr;six great grandchildren; sister, Sandra Carr; and several nieces and nephews.

Jack is predeceased by his parents, Erwin (Slim) Carr and Eileen Carr and his daughter, Carrie Ann Carr. 

Calling hours will be held Sunday, January 3rd, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton from 2-4 followed by the Funeral Service at 4pm. Masks and social distancing required.

Donations can be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans, to the benefit of Jefferson County DAV’s.

12/24/2020 – Paul A. Sanford, LaFargeville

Paul A. Sanford, 68, died Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020, at Samaritan Medical Center after a lengthy illness.  He resided with his son, Cody, for the past year and a half of his illness.Paul left this world peacefully with his family by his side.

Born August 5, 1952, he was the son of Eugene and Edna (Salter) Sanford.  Paul was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Edna. His sisters Faith Sanford, Sharon Doldo and Marsha Ashland (Raymond)  and his brother Marc Sanford (Donna) also died before him.

Paul is survived by his three sons, Bryant, Dylan (LaFargeville) and Cody Sanford (Watertown), as well as his brother Bruce (Jacki) Sanford, sisters Dawn (John) Krupcale (Florida,) Gail Sanford ( Queensbury), April Slate (Wyoming) and Christine Rusaw (Theresa).  Paul was also loved dearly by his numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul was a lifelong resident of the LaFargeville/ Clayton area and served by trade as a carpenter.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Army from 1971-74 and served in Vietnam.  He was an outdoorsman.  He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman.  He spent as much time as possible in nature and loved to feed his birds and especially loved cardinals.  When he was not exploring nature he was out visiting his many friends and family members.  He loved to chat and tell stories wherever he went. 

A marriage to the former Tina Mundt ended in separation.

Paul will be forever missed by those who loved him.  A Spring service will be announced at a later date.

12/16/2020 – Murray E. Schryver, Omar

Mr. Murray E. Schryver, 81, of lifelong resident of Omar, died Tuesday, December 15th, at Samaritan Summit Village, where he resided the last 3 years.

There will be no calling hours or funeral. A graveside service will be private at the family’s convenience at Omar Cemetery.

Murray was born December 27th, 1938, in Alexandria Bay, the son of Dewey and Florence Payne Schryver. He graduated from LaFargeville School.

He entered the United States Air Force in December of 1956 and was honorably discharged December 2nd, 1960.

On January 29th, 1983, he married the former Nancy Baltz at Omar United Methodist Church with Reverend Robert Nay officiating.

Murray farmed his entire life. He was also a Trustee and Treasurer of the Omar United Methodist Church for over 20 years. He served as a zoning officer for the Town of Orleans for over 20 years as well.

Surviving besides his wife Nancy, is a daughter Lisa Ericzon of Omar; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three stepchildren, Stephen (Carolyn) Stanford, Kelly (Kevin) White, and Allen Jr. (AJ) Stanford, all of Florida; one brother, Dewey Jr. of Cicero; nieces and nephews.

One son John, and one granddaughter, Jessica Ericzon, predeceased him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Omar United Methodist Church, PO Box 461, N.Y. 13641.

Due to Covid-19, Nancy requests that people refrain from visiting her house at the current time.

12/12/2020 – Jean A. Lindsey, Wellesley Island

Mrs. Jean A. Lindsey, 94, a longtime resident of Wellesley Island, died Saturday, December 12th, at Summit Village in Watertown, where she resided for the past few years.

A service will be held next summer on Wellesley Island at a time to be announced. Also, a burial will be in Riverside Cemetery on Wellesley Island at a time to be announced.

Jean was born May 23rd, 1926, in Philadelphia, N.Y., the daughter of Paul and Hazel Porter Houghton. She attended LaFargeville and Clayton Schools and graduated from Brownville High School.

On April 26th, 1947, she married Charles “Doug” Lindsey at Fineview Methodist Church on Wellesley Island with Reverend Baker officiating. Doug died in September of 2007 at age 84.

Jean was self-employed for many years as a beautician on Wellesley Island, T.I. Park and Fineview.

She enjoyed church, where she was a volunteer at Fineview Methodist Church. She was a past Matron of Eastern Star. She also enjoyed working with the Brownies and Girl Scout organizations. Sewing was her passion.

Surviving is one son, Doug (Lynne) of Eel Bay and Florida; two daughters, Carol (Jim) Barton of Clayton, and Sally (Paul) Hartman of Wellesley Island; a nephew Jack Lindsey, that they raised, from Florida; 9 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Doug, her brother Bill and his wife Thelma Houghton, a daughter, Susan Higginbatham, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Lindsey, who passed on March 19th, 2019, died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to the Wellesley Island Fire Department, 43859 Cross Island Rd, Wellesley Island, NY 13640, or the Fineview Methodist Church, 42851 County Route 100, Fineview Wellesley Island, NY 13640.

12/12/2020 – Joshua J. Perkins, Watertown

Mr. Joshua J. Perkins, 30, of Watertown, died December 9th, at his residence.

Joshua was born August 3rd, 1990, in Watertown, the son of Edward and Beverly Salisbury Perkins. He graduated from 1000 Island Islands High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society.

He worked with his dad for a while as a metal salvage worker and was employed by Northstar Scrap & Metal in the Town of Pamelia at the time of his death.

Josh enjoyed scrapping various metal objects and collecting metal trinkets.

He is survived by his mother Beverly (Richard) Branch of Chaumont; his father, Edward Perkins of Watertown; his maternal Grandfather, Alexander Salisbury of Chaumont; his fraternal Grandmother Francis Rivers of Watertown; brother EJ (Edward III) and his wife Ariel of Watertown; and some nephews.

His sister Janelle passed away in 2019 at age 27.

A burial will be held next year in the Depauville Cemetery. Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be held later next year.

Donations can be made in his name to a local organization of one’s choice that deals with suicide prevention.