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Obituaries

Dorothy McCarthy Brennan, 85

Dan McClelland

Dorothy McCarthy Brennan passed away at her home in Stephenson, Virginia on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the age of 85.

She was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on July 30, 1934.

She moved to Tupper Lake at the age of nine and attended Holy Ghost Academy. She graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 1951.

She then attended the University of Rochester on scholarship and earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1955.

In April of 1956 she married James Brennan at St. Alphonsus Church.

She earned a masters degree in Mathematics from George Mason University.

She lived in Detroit, Michigan, Frankfurt, Germany, London, England; and Vienna, VA.

Dorothy kissed the Blarney Stone, walked the Great Wall of China, watched the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, saw the Berlin Wall go up and explored ancient Italy.

She worked as a nurse at the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC during the first years of the AIDs epidemic.

Dorothy lost her devoted husband in 2017.

She is survived by six children: Kathy, Betsy, Bill, Jim, Mike and Jen, five grandchildren, and one brother, Tom McCarthy of Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Graveside service: Elizabeth (Bette Ann) Benware

Dan McClelland

There will be a graveside memorial service for Elizabeth (Bette Ann) Benware at the Holy Name Cemetery on Saturday, June 15 at 10a.m.

Family and friends of Bette are invited. Following the graveside service there will be a luncheon at the Tupper Lake Christian Center located at 102 Main Street in Downtown Tupper Lake.

Celebration of Life: Martha L. Johnson

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A celebration of Martha Johnson's life will be held for friends and family at the Tupper Lake VFW, Park Street, Tupper Lake, Saturday, June 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to visit with Martha's family that afternoon and share stories.

Susan Patricia (Burnett) Keegan, 68

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Susan Patricia (Burnett) Keegan, 68, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake surrounded by her family.

She had been a resident of Sunmount in Long Lake for 16 years, where she was loved by all who cared for her.

Born in Tupper Lake on May 29, 1950, Susan was the daughter of the late Amy and Albert Burnett.

Susan was married to Charles Keegan on June 11 1989 in Tupper Lake. She lived a happy life until his passing on February 1, 1995.

Susan loved her family visits, Elvis, putting puzzles together, and doing ceramics. Susan loved jewelry. Susan had a smile that lit up a room. She was a gentle soul.

Susan is pre-deceased by her husband, Charles Keegan, her mother Amy Burnett, a brother Arthur Burnett, and Richard Burnett, and her sister Christina Miller.

She is survived by her sisters Carol LaCourse, Sharon Sauve, and Dianne Boyer and brothers Stuart Burnett, Gerald Burnett, Wayne Burnett, Alan Burnett, Roger Burnett, and Robert Burnett and many nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in Susan’s name to the Long Lake Rescue Squad in Long Lake.

Susan will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Elizabeth (Bette) A. Benware, 88

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Elizabeth A. (Brady) Benware, 88, a retired editor for the Reader’s Digest, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Born in Albany N.Y., May 27, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Lucille Aldea Brady.

She lived in Tupper Lake for 33 years, spending winters in Zephyrhills, Florida for the last 15 years. Prior to living in Tupper Lake, she lived in Pleasantville, N.Y. as well as the Bronx. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and attending church.

She leaves behind a granddaughter, Megan E. Stultz of Crestview FL, two grandsons, Travis J. Green and Tyler J. Green of New Paltz, a great grandson, Orion B. Stultz of Crestview, FL, two great granddaughters, Jade K. Green and Nayomi A. Green of New Paltz, a sister, Dorothy (Dooney) Muller, a cousin who she regarded as a brother, Robert Roscoe of Zephyrhills, FL, a cousin who she regarded as a sister, Elizabeth (Coan) Denis of Zephyrhills, FL, and countless beloved uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elzare Benware, and her children, Joseph (Bruce) Benware, Jon Benware, Bennett Benware, and JoAnne Green.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Cemetery in Tupper Lake.

Patricia A. Wellspeak, 81

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Patricia A. (Exware) Wellspeak, 81, a retired paper inspector for 27 years for the former Strathmore Paper Company in Woronoco, passed away, Saturday, May 18, 2019 with her loving family by her side.

Born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on November 13, 1937. She was the daughter of the late David Exware and Hazel (St. Amour) Exware.

She lived in Chester for the past 50 years where she cherished spending time with family and friends, gardening, hunting and fishing with her husband Fred. She was a communicant of Holy Family Parish in Russell.

Patricia leaves her husband of 34 years, Frederick D. Wellspeak; three sons, Derek J. Friend of Chester, Marvin J. Friend of Middlefield and Stacy J. Friend of Pittsfield; three daughters, April M. Schulz of Dalton, Melodie A. Mazzaferro of Chester and Holly L. Whitaker of Westfield; four brothers, Harold Exware of Potsdam, NY, Donald Exware of Westfield, MA, Ronald Exware of Youngsville, NC and Frederick Exware of Tupper Lake; five sisters, Rita Corrow, Alice LaFlamme, Brenda Hoffman all of Tupper Lake, Cecile Lavoie of Fabius, N.Y. and Mary Jane Colvin of Tully, N.Y.; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Francis Exware, Herman Exware, Eugene Exware and Roger Exware and her sisters, Janet Baker and Thelma Santerre.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, May 24 at Holy Family Parish, in Russell, MA. Burial will take place in St. Thomas Cemetery in Huntington.

Donations may be made to Hilltown Community Ambulance, 1 Bromley Road, Huntington, MA, 01050 or to the Chester Fire Department, 300 Route 20, Chester, MA 01011.

O’Brien Hilltown Community Funeral Home in Huntington will be handling the arrangements.

Peter LaMere Sr.

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Peter Allen LaMere Sr. passed away in Sebring, Florida on Wednesday April 24, 2019.

True to character, he stubbornly fought through a combination of illnesses that would easily kill a less determined man. He was tough and determined through and through, from his days being late for school checking beaver traps and working and hunting with his brothers in the Adirondacks.

He carried that attitude serving as a military policeman in Vietnam, 16 years as a police officer across all of Alaska and eventually returning to Tupper Lake for 18 years in various law enforcement roles.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Jean Prenoveau, for 51 years (rounding by two months).

He is survived by his daughter Tracy Sparks, who followed him into public service, his son Pete Jr., who followed him into the Army, and grandchildren Brandon (regrettably got his hairline), Alexis (got his abrasive attitude), Trevor (got his love for fishing), and Parker (looks just like him).

His late parents Fred and Beverly built the Trail's End complex in Tupper Lake and he is survived by siblings Ruth, Bob, Patricia, Fred, and Anne.

For the many who knew Pete LaMere, he and the family fondly remember all the love, support, and time spent with friends (and enemies) in the community.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 15 at the Presbyterian Cemetery with a gathering at the VFW to follow.

Phyllis C. Palmer, 74

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Phyllis C. Palmer, 74 of Massena (formerly of Norwood N.Y.) peacefully passed away on the evening of April 23, 2019, under amazing care at Massena Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are with the Larue & Pitcher Funeral Home, Ogdensburg, N.Y.

Phyllis C. Palmer was born on October 17, 1944, in Hopkinton, N.Y. to the late Roy and Bessie (Stark) Chase. The family moved to Randolph Vermont where Phyllis would graduate from Randolph Union High School. She was then employed at Canton Potsdam Hospital as a transcriptionist and later in life was self-employed with Hamilton Ferry as owners of Ham's Mini Mart in Sevey's Corners.

Phyllis leaves behind her daughter, Kaneta (Palmer) and John Cameron of Massena, her daughter-in-law Kimberly Rutley of Potsdam; stepdaughters- Lori Palmer, Buckton, N.Y. and Deanna (Ferry) Haggerty Rochester, N.Y.; stepsons Stewart Palmer, Norwood, N.Y. Jerry and Leo Palmer, Florida, Scott Ferry, and Craig Ferry, Rochester, N.Y. Dean Ferry, Florida.

She is also survived by her brothers Arnold and Elaine Chase, Marshall and Lori Chase, Terry Chase, all of Vermont, and Merle Chase (deceased); her sisters- Christine (Chase) and Chet Manning and Iris (Chase) King, both of North Carolina. Rose (Chase) Woods (deceased). A sister-in-law Marge Chase of Vermont and brother-in-law Roger and Sandy Woods, Parishville.

Phyllis is also survived by her loving grandchildren- Joshua, Samuel, Chelsea, Chase and her step-grandchildren, Eric, Sara, Charlie, Ben, Jeremy, Beth, Jackie, Aleah, Brandon, Alexandra, Christi, Heath, Heidi, Morgan, Bryant, Desiree and Rhiannan.

Phyllis was predeceased by her husband of 20 years, Myron A. Palmer, in November of 1987, her son Scott Palmer in January of 2003 and her life partner of 30 years, Hamilton A. Ferry in August of 2018.

Phyllis's life had two uniquely special chapters. She graduated, got a job, fell in love and became a wife and a mother. They had a lot of good times and many hard times. Through it all, she was the guiding light for her children and someone they could always count on. She was always there, unwavering in her love and support for her family. Even through the worst adversity life could send her way she always found a way to get through it.

In her darkest days, she once again found the light. That light was Hamilton Ferry and the start of the second chapter of her life. Phyllis and Ham completed each other. They traveled the country in his tractor-trailer creating memories and forming a love that lasted over 30 years. When these adventures were done they moved to the Adirondacks and together opened Ham's Mini Mart at Sevey's Corners. Yet another adventure they shared. Phyllis loved her life but she loved her kids and grandkids even more. They had an unbreakable bond and her grandkids absolutely adored her. Phyllis will always be remembered as the light in our lives.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery on Lake Shore Drive, Norwood, N.Y. with a luncheon to follow at the American Legion on Maple Street in Norwood. All family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made in Phyllis's name to the American Cancer Society.

Frederick Blair, 67

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Frederick L. Blair, age 67, of Long Lake, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at home.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on November 24, 1951, he was the son of Wilfred and Julia (Cole) Blair. Frederick, married Margaret Arsenault on July 11, 1970 in Holyoke MA. Margaret predeceased him on October 25, 2006.

Fred had been a resident of Long Lake for the past 38 years coming from Holyoke, MA. He had worked in Long Lake as a carpenter for many years. One of Fred’s favorite past times was watching QVC. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and snowmobiling. Later in life he enjoyed traveling with his family to Tennessee and Florida.

He is survived by two daughters- Diana Kintner (Darrell Spencer) of Long Lake, NY and Rebecca Blair (Jason Lebron) of Long Lake, one granddaughter Zoey Lebron of Long Lake, one brother Armand Bourque of Tupper Lake, and one sister Judy Ison of Springfield, MA. He was preceded in death by one daughter Paula Ann Blair and one son-in-law Robert Kintner on December 26, 2013

Calling hours took place at St. Henry’s Parish Hall in Long Lake on Monday April 22, 2019 from 11a.m. - 1p.m.. A prayer service immediately followed at 1p.m. at St. Henry's Parish Hall. Burial will follow at Long Lake Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Frederick L. Blair may make memorial contributions to Long Lake Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and condolences at stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth Tallman, 86

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Elizabeth (Trish) Tallman, 86, of 1996 State route 30, Tupper Lake, passed away peacefully at CVPH in Plattsburgh on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Trish was born on March 28, 1933 to Arthur and Evelyn Tallman of Malone, NY. Trish had 4 brothers and 3 sisters all of which have pre-deceased her.

Trish moved to Tupper Lake in 1975 from Rome, NY and resided in various homes throughout the North Country in the DDSO family care and IRA's. She worked for numerous years in the food service dept. at North Star industries. She was always happing and willing to work.

Trish had resided at the Moody Rd. IRA since 2004, she enjoyed spending time with her housemates, watching old shows, westerns, coloring, crafting, gardening, shopping and sitting on the porch. Trish was most proud of her appearance. She loved to dress nice and wear beautiful jewelry to match. She attended the Red Hat society with her friend and main support advocate Elaine Sarazen. She loved to show off her collection of Red Hat items that she had collected over the years. Trish also enjoyed listening to Danny Klebes, an old friend from over the years since meeting in Brushton. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Calling hours are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon followed by a funeral service at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home. Burial will be in Malone at a later date.

Michael J. Hosley, 76

Dan McClelland

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Michael J. Hosley, Sr., age 76, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

He was born on September 30, 1942 in Tupper Lake, New York to Roy W. and Mary B. (Morris) Hosley. Michael attended Long Lake Central School, graduating in 1960. On May 6, 1967 he married Nancy Rose DeMars. Together, they had two wonderful children.

Mike worked hard all his life, first at Harrington’s Garage, where he met Nancy, the love of his life. He then worked for a number of years at Snide’s Fuel Service. Mike later took a job with the Hamilton County Highway Department, retiring as Foreman after 30 years of service.

Mike was a warm-hearted man who always put his family first. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. They feel blessed to have had a kind man like him, always smiling and making them laugh.

Mike was also a man of his community, volunteering for the fire department in his youth, and later serving as a Board Member of the Friends of the Long Lake Library. He also enjoyed coaching tee-ball and working with the Cub Scouts.

Left to honor Michael and remember his love are his beloved wife of 52 years, Nancy, son Jamie (Alta), daughter Hope (Steve), and three grandchildren, Ainsley, Ella, and Jonah.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at noon at Saint Henry’s Catholic Church, 1188 Main Street, Long Lake, NY. The family will greet friends in the Parrish Center from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Long Lake Cemetery.

The Hosleys would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Albany Medical Center, specifically those in the Surgical ICU for their attentiveness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Michael’s name to the Long Lake Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.

Charles W. Becker, 89

Dan McClelland

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Charles W. Becker, age 89, of Tupper Lake, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Tupper Lake on February 28, 1930, he was the son of Herbert and Margaret (Margavich) Becker.

Charles was a lifelong resident of Tupper Lake. After graduation from Tupper Lake High School he worked from 1949 to 1951 at Lake Brothers Sawmill in Tupper Lake. He then entered the United States Army on March 16, 1951 where he served as military police in Korea. Upon discharge in 1953 he served in the Army reserve for four years.

He worked at the OWD and Drapers, then went in the construction business with Butch Madore and later was in business, R & C Becker Construction, with his brother Bob for 24 years.

In retirement Charles stayed active working around home where he enjoyed woodworking, loved walking his dogs at the park and helping family and friends. He loved to visit and share stories. He was a very kind and gentle person who never married but especially enjoyed and loved his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two brothers, Robert Becker and Gene Becker and one sister Margaret Benware, two sister-in-laws Maureen Becker and Heloise Becker, several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Rusty. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Rose Shaheen and Dorothy Spinner, one brother Albert Becker, three sister-in-laws Carol Becker, Mary Becker and Joan Becker, two brother-in-laws Tom Shaheen and Richard Benware, two nieces Amy Symonds and Joanie Becker, three nephews, Robert Becker, Jr., Paul Becker and Steve Becker and his beloved pet Duffy.

Calling hours took place at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake on Sunday, April 14, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11a.m. on Monday April 15 at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake with Fr. Decker officiating. Burial will take place at St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake in May.

Friends wishing to remember Charles W. Becker may make memorial contributions to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad or The Tri-Lakes Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.

Martha Johnson, 65

Dan McClelland

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In memory of Martha Lee Johnson, age 65, of Tupper Lake.

On the morning of March 26, 2019, Martha passed away after a year-long battle with uterine cancer, surrounded by her sisters and daughter, in the loving care of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, January 10, 1954, Martha grew up in Tupper Lake.

She was the second child of Jean M. Schutt and William C. Johnson Jr. Shortly after her birth, Jean passed and William’s second wife, Jane Bobak adopted Martha and her sister Sandra.

Martha held many extraordinary talents including cooking, sewing, quilting, beading, gardening and skiing. She served on ski patrol for over twenty years, forging everlasting friendships during that time. After her daughter Elena was born, Martha earned her Associate's degree and began her second career as an x-ray technician.

After living and working in the Rutland, Vermont and North Woodstock, N.H. areas, Martha settled to Helena, Montana, in 1997, where she worked for Great Divide Ski Area and Gates of the Mountains, which remained special places through the years.

Shortly after moving to Helena, Martha started work as an x-ray technician at Helena Urgent Care, and later Helena Orthopedic Clinic.

Martha’s work ethic was remarkable, and she especially enjoyed cooking for special events at the clinic.

Martha was an incredibly selfless, devoted and loving mother and friend. Her quick-witted sense of humor remained intact until the end, and she will be cherished and missed by many.

Martha was preceded in death by her father, William C. Johnson Jr.;  mother, Jean M. Schutt, and stepmother, Jane O. Bobak.

Martha is survived by her daughter Elena C. Johnson; siblings Lois, Lyndon (companion Jodi), and Peter (wife Marj) Johnson and Sandra Olsen (husband Bill); nephew Robert and wife Erin Farris-Olsen and their children William Tupper and Benjamin August; and nieces and nephews Kathleen, Lucas and Tyler, and Caleb, Samantha and Jeremy Johnson as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

Memorial donations may be made to Helena Food Share, Helena YWCA, Helena 6th Ward Garden Park and The Friendship Center.

A memorial service and reception will be held in Tupper Lake later in the year. Please send family condolences and memories to www.helenafunerals.com.

Denis A. Brickey, 81

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Denis A. Brickey, 81, of Tupper Lake passed away peacefully at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake on April 12, 2019.

Denis was the son of Elroy Brickey and Blanche (Denis) Brickey.

He was born on December 7, 1937 in Tupper Lake. Denis was married to Janet M. (Dufrain) Brickey, who predeceased Denis. Denis was in the United States Army Reserves. He lived in Moravia, N.Y. for many years.

He worked for Hewitt Brothers for 35 years. Denis moved back to Tupper Lake where he loved fishing and spending time with family and friends. He worked for Hyde Fuel Company from 1988 to 2000.

Denis is survived by his three sons- Denis O. Brickey, Randy A. Brickey of Tupper Lake and Jay A. Brickey of Locke, N.Y.

Denis had one daughter, Jackie M. Allen of Gloversville, N.Y., who predeceased Denis.

Denis is also survived by two brothers, Allen Brickey and Ron Brickey. He was predeceased by three brothers Elroy, Francis and Gary Brickey and one sister Kathy J. Connell. He has four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends wishing to remember Denis may make memorial contributions to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad.

Robert Stout, 94

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Bob Stout died on March 6 at home in Siesta Key, FL, at the age of 94. Jake and Mac and Bob Stout were all with him, as was Nancy, and his beloved little black Scottie Callie was by his side until the end.

It is nearly impossible to imagine Big Wolf Lake without Bob. He spent 90 of his 94 summers at Santa Clara, fishing, rowing, tinkering in the shop, and passing his love for this place to the next generations. The shop, where everything from farm equipment repair to horseshoeing took place when there was an operational farm on Meigs' Point, was Bob’s domain. Many beautiful boats took shape there, along with ingenious fixes for all of the things that can and do break in the north woods.

The children could always find Bob (Pop to the Louries/Bop to the Underhills) and his latest Scottie in the Shop. He was a patient craftsman willing to make their dreams of go-carts, slingshots, and any other contraptions in their imaginations come to life.

According to Bob, he never made any mistakes on his projects. They just had “studied imperfections.”

He loved to fish and share his skills; but if you asked him where he caught the latest big one he’d always answer, “Right about here,” miming a hook in the mouth of an unsuspecting walleye, bass, or pike.

For 50 years, a group of his childhood friends from Bronxville kindergarten days joined him in June for a week of tall tales, scotch, and fishing. Last summer Bob and the two remaining stalwarts reunited for the last time at Clara.

For many years Bob was chair of the Firearms Committee. He felt morally obligated to resign from this post after encouraging his underage great-nephew Sam to shoot a pesky porcupine out of a tree, and penned a priceless letter to the Association describing the incident. He relished a good prank and the resulting good story.

Bob loved nothing more than a scotch on the terrace or by the fire at Santa at Big Wolf cocktail hour (6p.m. sharp!) and teasing his sons and nephews. They gave as good as they got, and Bob and Hugh would lift Bob off the ground by his elbows so he could see them “eye to eye.”

Bob was born on Christmas Day, 1924, and the Stouts, Louries, and Underhills celebrated his 90th with “Christmas in July” – complete with twinkle lights, stockings, and caretaker and friend Will Howard in full Santa suit handing out gifts.

Until a very few years ago, Bob began his Big Wolf mornings with a long row through the rising mist in his hand-made scull, and often ended his day in the yellow canoe, paddling with Nancy and the latest Scottie and a fishing line trailing from the stern.

There will be a private family celebration at the Meigs Point Hill Garden on Friday, July 5, and a cocktail party for all members of the Big Wolf Lake Association at the Club at 6 p.m. that evening, so we can share stories and raise a glass together.

Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, (518) 359-7800,

Robert “Bob” Helms

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Robert “Bob” Andrew Helms passed away in the early hours of the morning on March 26th, 2019 due to his ongoing battle with cancer. He passed quietly, as was his nature, surrounded by his family and close family friends who had taken time out of their lives to spend those extra moments with him.

Robert was born in Newark, N.J. on November 22, 1961 to William and Roseanne Helms. He was their second of four children; William, Robert, Karen, and Lori.

He spent his childhood playing baseball as a catcher, tennis and hockey on the river behind his house.

Sports were a constant throughout his life, as a player, a coach, and they were forever on the TV.

He attended Binghamton University, where he played tennis for their college team and obtained a bachelor of science degree in History.

He met the love of his life, Diane Dlugatch, in 1984 when he was 22 and she was 19. Though they attended the same schools growing up they didn’t know each other truly until then, working for the same candy wholesale company, where they shared an office. Within a year and a half they were married on September 7th, 1985.

They would go on to share 33 years of marriage and on March 22nd, 2019 they were able to celebrate the 34th anniversary of his proposal. Memories were shared between the two and his childhood best friend, Mark Gandulla, who shared the comical journey they went on to get the ring, which resulted in a broken down car with a busted radiator, an egg and a sock.

The days leading up to his passing were filled with tears, yes, but also a lot of love and laughter.

Three years into their marriage they welcomed a daughter, Amanda Helms, and a year and half later a son, Robert D. Helms.

In 1992, he would move the family to Tupper Lake as the warehouse manager at the local candy wholesaler, where they were welcomed into the community and chose to stay to raise their children.

Both would then go on to become entwined in the community. Bob was very active with the Tupper Lake Hockey Association as a coach and parent supporting his son and daughter. He became a joint business owner with his wife in 1995 and together they were an active participant in the high school student foreign exchange program with the “adoption” of his son, Marek and would in his later years work with the mentally impaired.

Bob was known for his quick wit, his no-nonsense attitude, his quick middle finger, and his quiet steady love for his family, especially his wife. Throughout the years he acquired multiple extended “children” and pets into his household. He loved to garden, especially lillies, a quiet fishing spot on the lake, his house in South Carolina, and his dog Olivia.

Bob was predeceased by his grandparents William and Helen Helms and Thomas and Theresa Purcell, all of Newark, N.J. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Helms of Tupper Lake, his daughter Amanda Helms of Watertown, N.Y., his son Robert D. Helms of Tupper Lake, NY, his foreign exchange son Marek Sedlak of Bratislava, Slovakia, his future son in law Joseph Ybanez of Watertown, his siblings William Helms of Woodbourne, N.Y., Karen Valdivia and her sons Noah and Joshua of Peekskill, NY, Lori Hoffmann and her husband Michael Hoffmann along with their children Matthew, Patrick and Lauren of Carmel, NY, his parents William and Roseanne Helms of Woodbourne, N.Y. and his in-laws Donald and Violet Dlugatch of South Fallsburg, N.Y.

Bob's family would also like to recognize his extended children and pets as they all meant so much to him. He is also predeceased by his loving dogs Gracie, Pita and Shortie whom he lost in a house fire last year. He is survived by his extended daughters and son Jayde and Alex Dukette of Tupper Lake, Kayla Jones and her husband Jair of Tupper Lake, Sandra Kratz and her fiancé Conor of Liverpool, N.Y., Olivia Dukett and her husband Christopher of Tupper Lake, Kaitlin O’Connor of Canton, N.Y. and Patricia Tonn and her husband Kenneth of Bellmore, N.Y.

Calling hours were on Saturday, March 30 from 2-4pm at Stuart Fortune Keough Funeral Home with a gathering at the Longview Restaurant on Long Lake to follow. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.

Donna L. Webber, 71

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Donna Lynn Webber, 71, a longtime resident of Piercefield, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, March 28, 2019 in the I.C.U. at CVPH in Plattsburgh with her loving family and friends at her side.

Born December 21, 1947 in Barton Vermont, the eldest daughter of the late Harland and Arlene Grammo Drew. The family moved to Piercefield when she was four years old.

After high school she went to work at the Old Dress Factory until it closed. Donna was then employed at Sunmount D.D.S.O., retiring in 2012 after 30 years of service.

She married Colyn G. Webber in September 7, 1968. The couple bought the Town Pub in Piercefield in 1981 and made it into their home.

Donna enjoyed bingo at the casino along with her “Bingo Buddies”, some of whom went to Plattsburgh to offer their support for their friend. She also loved spending time with grandson Harper whom she cherished.

Donna is survived by her husband, Colyn, daughter Marni A. Wilcox of Tupper Lake; grandchildren: Steven W. Webber of Piercefield, Nicole Wilcox of Tupper Lake, and a great-grandson Harper D. Webber of Tupper Lake; a sister Diane (Bernard) Trombley of Tupper Lake, two step sisters Elaine Sarazen and Patricia Reandeau of Piercefield.

She was predeceased by her parents and one brother Franklyn (Frank) Drew.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Gale Cemetery. A gathering at the Moose Lodge will follow immediately. A notice will be in the Tupper Lake Free Press when arrangements have been finalized.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad, PO Box 901, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Kevin Tarbox, 61

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Kevin James Tarbox, 61, of 36 Underwood Road, Tupper Lake passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at his home with his loving family by his side.

Born August 30, 1957 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Raymond and L. Florence (Charette) Tarbox and was raised in Piercefield. He attended Tupper Lake Central Schools, graduating from Tupper Lake High School in 1975.

In September 1982 Kevin was married to the former Dawn Bell of Tupper Lake at St. Alphonsus Church, with the Rev. Lawrence Deno officiating. He was employed for a time at Elliott Hardwood Sawmill here, and later became a New York State Corrections officer where he was employed for 27 and a half years serving at Sing Sing, Downstate, Ogdensburg, Adirondack, and Camp Gabriels Correctional Facilities until his retirement in 2009.

Kevin was a member of the Dead Creek Hunting Club for many years, and most recently the Big Rock Hunting Club. He was a trapper, enjoyed fishing (most especially his annual salmon fishing trips with his buddies), hunting, played softball, enjoyed bowling, golf, and horseshoes. His greatest delight was spending time with his family and close friends.

He is survived by his wife Dawn; one son Christopher Tarbox and wife Erin of East Greenbush, N.Y.; two daughters, Kelly and husband Kyle Quesnel, Kristi and Scott Quesnel all of Tupper Lake, as well as seven grandchildren: McKenzie, Levi, Mayson, Avarie, Cooper, Brayden, and Brinley. He is also survived by two brothers, Alan and Cheryl Tarbox, and Craig Tarbox; one sister, Stacey Tarbox and sister in law Pat Tarbox of Tupper Lake; aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters in law, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother Barton “Bart” Tarbox, who died in 2007.

There will be no calling hours. Cremation followed his death and a “Celebration of Life” will be held at the discretion of the family, as such were Kevin’s wishes.

Robert Michael Perrigo

Dan McClelland

Robert Michael Perrigo passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 27, 2019.

Bob as everyone affectionately knew him was born in Alexandria Bay, New York on April 4, 1966.

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Bob was the son of Terrance Perrigo (Tupper Lake) and Linda Birkenstock (Tupper Lake). Bob attended Potsdam State College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1988.

How does one describe a man who had a personality larger than life? Bob’s kindness and love for life radiated through his huge smile and even bigger laugh. He could walk into a crowded room and instantly you could feel his positive energy.

Bob was the “go to” person for his family and friends when someone needed advice or words of wisdom. He was his family’s voice of reason. As for Bob’s stories, well they would go on and on and on.

On Saturday, September 2, 1995 on a beautiful sunny day with a slight breeze, Bob married his best friend and the love of his life Traci (DuMoulin) Perrigo on Chapel Island.

Marrying Traci instantly made him a father to Traci’s children Jacob and Whitney. They were not just his stepchildren, they were his children that he cherished and they cherished him in return.

Jake and Whitney always looked to Bob for guidance and advice as they knew they would get the answers and help that they needed. Bob and Traci raised their children for 25 years in Clinton Park, New York and just recently relocating to Plattsburgh.

Bob’s greatest joy in life was his four grandchildren Emilie, Evan, Charlie, and Ellie. Papa as he was so sweetly called by his family became a child himself anytime he was with his little treasures. Papa would spend hours playing with Emilie and her baby dolls as if the baby dolls were going to talk back to him. Papa would buy her baby dolls presents as they would have birthday parties for her babies. He was one of a kind and his grandchildren loved being with him always. Trucks and guns with his boys and baby dolls and Barbie’s with his girls, he did it all. Nothing made him happier than seeing his grand babies smile and to hear their infectious laughs.

Bob leaves behind his cherished wife Traci (DuMoulin) Perrigo, his son Jacob Rice, his daughter Whitney (Fred) Schuller, parents Terrance (Linda) Perrigo and Linda Perrigo and Wes Lanthier. His greatest blessings Emilie and Ellie Schuller, Evan and Charlie Rice. Siblings Martin Perrigo, Jamie Perrigo, and Erin Lancor. Several sister in laws and brother in laws, many nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews who all loved and cherished him dearly.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Graveside service: Edith Whitney Hall

Dan McClelland

A graveside service has been scheduled for Edith Whitney Hall for Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Long Lake Cemetery in Long Lake. Edith passed away December 31, 2018 in Marion, KY.

Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake.