12/27/2019 – Douglas C. Ada, Clayton

Mr. Douglas C. Ada Sr., 72, passed away December 23rd, at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Rome, N.Y., where he resided the last year with Alzheimer’s.

There will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Doug was born June 26th, 1947, in Watertown, the son of Arnold and Virginia Ada. He graduated from Cape Vincent High School.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1972.

On July 15th, 1967, he married the former Rosemary Garnsey, at Christ Episcopal Church in Clayton.

Doug worked as a caretaker on Round Island for 40 years, and also was a fishing guide on the St. Lawrence for over 40 years.

He was a member of the Cape Vincent and Clayton Guides Association and enjoyed hunting.

Surviving besides his wife Rosemary are three children, Doug Jr. of LaFargeville, Virginia of Evans Mills, and John (Chelsey) of Clayton; seven grandchildren, Mag and Hemi (Black Labs), Courtney, Nathan, Amya, Anderson, Bryson (Aka Charlie Brown); one sister, Marie (Allen) Cleary of New Mexico; two brothers, Donald of Watertown, and Danny of Syracuse; nieces and nephews.


  1. Shayne Scales Lippincott Posted

    Doug Jr, Chelsey and family. This is such sad news. My heart goes out to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories hold him close and dear to your hearts until you meet again.

  2. Dorrie Gould Hardenbrook Posted

    Rosemary, I’m sorry to hear about Doug. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Dorrie

  3. Donald Ada Posted

    Rosemary it is with a heavy heart that I write this and I do know how you feel, but what I can’t say in words I want you to know, Doug was my hero growing up. He taught me to fish and hunt, and looked out for me in many ways, like a big brother would, I will surely remember all of the great times we all shared. He was dearly loved by all and will be missed.

  4. Gary and Sandie Cornell- Douglas Posted

    Rosemary we are so sorry to read of Dougs passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Angelo and Patty Derrigo Posted

    We were sad to hear about Doug passing away. We especially think about Doug and spending time on the St Lawrence River. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. dave berger & Holly Posted

    Rose…we were both saddened by Doug’s passing. He and I had a mountain of fun fishing together. I’ll miss him every fall for sure.
    Give us a call sometime. Best to you.

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