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Clarence “Pete” Peets, 84

Dan McClelland

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Clarence “Pete” Peets, or “Poppie as he was called by his grandchildren, age 84, passed away on Monday March 4 at the Mercy Living Center of pneumonia.

Clarence was born on July 11, 1934 in Tupper Lake to Henry “Tommy” Peets and Rena (Papin) Peets.

Clarence first worked at the Tupper Lake Golf Club, then he went to Drapers where he worked until he was drafted into the Army.

He obtained the rank of PFC and was a part of the 88th Transport Company in which he drove Truck #60 stationed in Schweinfort, Germany from 1957 – 1959.

He returned to his job at Drapers after his service and became a sawyer there. The saw carriage he used is now located at the Blue Mountain Museum.

He remained at Drapers for many years until he started “Peets Construction” in the mid 70’s.

In the mid 80’s he returned to Drapers and stayed there through its sale to Rockwell Corporation and Elliot Hardwood. Afterwards, he became a caretaker at the Bartlett Carry Club where he and his dog Elliot worked for many years. Of all the jobs he had he enjoyed the Bartlett Carry Club the most.

Clarence met his wife, Rita (Perth) Peets, at Johnny’s Candy Land, a soda fountain in downtown Tupper Lake. They were married July 14, 1956 at the Holy Name Church. They lived at 23 Emma Street until Clarence was shipped to Germany where he lived on base until Rita joined him. They moved off base and lived in Miabach, a small town which had three cars, one owned by Clarence and Rita, a second owned by Ham and Pat Ferry, and the family doesn't know who owned the third.

Their son, Michael, was born in Germany. When they returned to Tupper Lake they had two more children, Patricia (Phillips) and Alan. The family home on 102 McLaughlin was originally half of a basket factory that was moved to that location where Clarence dug out the basement by hand, hitting hard pan when he got down two feet, the result being that his sons had to place their heads between the floor joists because he only went deep enough for his head to clear.

Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and spending time at camp on the Raquette River in Piercefield.

He was also very active in the Knights of Columbus for many years, holding various positions. He was named Knight of the year in 1988. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and attended national conferences held in the Catskills. He helped construct the current Knights of Columbus hall, and helped with many of the events held there such as holiday meals and the Woodsmen's Field Day banquets.

Clarence is survived by his wife Rita, brother Ben, sisters Barbara “June” (Peets) Charland and Nancy (Peets) Wituszynski, brother Roger, son Mike and his wife Gwen, daughter Patricia Phillips, son Alan and his wife Temple. He also has four grandchildren: Griffin Peets, Danielle (Peets) Robinson, Erin Phillips and Lauren Phillips, and one great grandchild, Jolie Robinson.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday, March 7 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

Anyone wishing to remember Clarence may make memorial donations to Council #2177 Knights of Columbus, 36 High Street, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Susan Edgette, 81

Dan McClelland

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Susan M. Edgette, 81, surrounded by her family, died peacefully at home, on March 3, 2019.

A native of Utica, N.Y., she had been a Hampton resident since 1971.

Mrs. Edgette, Sue, spent her youth in Utica, and graduated Magna cum Laude from Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y. in 1959, with a B.S. in nursing.

In 1960, she married her college sweetheart, Chuck Edgette, then an Army 2nd Lieutenant, and spent the next twenty years in various stateside and oversea assignments.

She devoted her time and energies to concurrently rearing her six children; ministries at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ft Monroe, VA; the many organizations of which she was a member, and to which she volunteered; achieving her M.S. degree in Community Health; her nursing duties; and doting on her husband and her "six great children and thirteen grandchildren."

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, J. Edward Moore and Anne Sparks Moore and her brother Edward J. "Ned" Moore.

Sue is survived and mourned by her devoted companion and spouse, Charles W. Edgette, her children and their spouses: Michael J. Edgette, Mary Edgette Siemen (Terry), Eileen Edgette Durbin (Timothy), William C. Edgette (Mary Beth), Paula Edgette Dawson (Steve), and Anne Edgette Scott (Jason)."Nana Sue" will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Peter M. Edgette, Charles A. Edgette, and their mother Patricia T. Edgette; Elizabeth G. Siemen, Erin R. Siemen, Eva M. Siemen, Grace M. Durbin, Tara A. Durbin, Brenna E. Durbin, Allyson B. Edgette, Keghan W. Edgette, Stanley "Trey" Dawson, Annabel T. Scott, and Eleanor C. Scott.

Sue is also survived by her brother John S. Moore (Denise) and God-daughter Susan M. Koomen and many other cherished nieces and nephews.

Sue will be dearly missed by her loving and devoted sister and best friend Molly S. Edgette, with whom she shared decades of volunteerism, ministry, and wonderful memories.

Additionally, Sue was surrounded in death by her sisters-in-law, Ellen Jo Edgette and Carol E. Rossi, with whom she shared many years of love.

The family received friends at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, Hampton, VA, on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on Friday, March 8, 2019, at noon at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ft. Monroe, VA, by the Rev. Msgr. Walter Barrett. A private burial followed.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the The American College of Rheumatology, (2200 Lake Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319) or St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ft. Monroe, VA.The Edgette family would like to thank her compassionate doctor, Dr. Jana Nussen, M.D., and the phenomenal nursing care provided by Sentara Hospice, her loving care takers Melissa Smith, Courtney, and Ann.

Louis Maroun, 77

Dan McClelland

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Louis A. Maroun, age 77, passed away on February 27, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center soon after family had the opportunity to visit with him. He had been a resident at the Mercy Living Center for several months before entering the hospital for a surgical procedure. He was recovering when his death occurred.

Born in Tupper Lake, New York on June 28, 1941, Louis was the son of the late Amer Yousef and Lena (Salameh) Maroun. He grew up in the Lebanese culture. Both his parents had immigrated from Bqaatouta, Lebanon in the early 1900s and spoke to him in Arabic. He enjoyed fine Lebanese meals up to his death.

When Louis was only eight years old, his older brother, John Maroun, married and moved out of their home. A few months later, his father died leaving him as the man of the house.

Louie's mother died in 1968 and his sister, Bertha, died in 1995.

Louie continued the operation of his father's business, the Amer Maroun Store in the "Junction" of Tupper Lake, which was started in 1906. It was the oldest sole proprietorship in Tupper Lake.

He had a steadfast loyalty to his customers. Many local people would stop to visit Louie and, if short of cash, would be extended credit that he often never collected. His summer customers would be welcomed back each year with humorous stories and discussions of the harsh cold winters that they missed.

He was a faithful Yankees fan and conversed with anyone that loved the game. He was a great listener as customers labored over life's tribulations. Louie always looked for the good in people, seldom having a negative comment about them.

His father, mother, sister, and brother John and sister-in-law Beatrice predeceased Louis. His nephew, Jack Maroun of Utica, New York, survives him along with nieces Elaine Hurley of Summerfield, FL and Dover, NH, Barbara Hollenbeck of Tupper Lake, and Jane Wilson of Tupper Lake.

Funeral services were held at St. Alphonsus Church on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. with internment at the St. Alphonsus Cemetery in the Spring. Calling hours, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keogh Funeral Home, 24 Cliff Ave., Tupper Lake, were Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Adam Jessie, 27

Dan McClelland

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Adam William Jessie, 27, of Tupper Lake passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Adam was born on January 21, 1992. He attended Tupper Lake Central School and spent the majority of his life in Tupper Lake. He was employed as a welder with Matrix Power Services, Inc.

Adam has touched the lives of so many people, as evidenced in the recent outpouring of Facebook postings from friends and family members. He valued friendship above all things and shared a bond with his mother that will be forever cherished.

Adam was known to be a true “Motorhead” and a “Jack of All Trades”. He enjoyed partaking in many outdoor activities with friends fishing, four-wheeling, cruising, snowmobiling, etc; as well as spending time on Brantingham Lake with family.

Adam is survived by his mother, Tina Jessie of Tupper Lake, his father, René (Bernie) Breault, step-mother Tess Breault, sister Reneé Breault of Heuvelton, and grandfather Alfonso Breault of Tupper Lake; aunts and uncles Lisl and Jeff Tedford of Bloomingdale, Gia and Carl Demarais of NC, Gaye and John O’Neil of Bloomingdale, Ann and Steve Furnia of Tupper Lake, Denise and Denis Roy of MO, Sue and Gerald Jones of FL, Lynn Bell of ME, Roger Breault of Tupper Lake, Ray Breault of Mountain View Lake; cousins Vanessa Smith of WV, Ryan Desmarais of CA, Matthew Tedford of Albany, Corey Desmarais of WV, Brooke O’Neil of Bloomingdale, Craig Demarais of NC, Andrew Tedford of UT and Tyler O’Neil of Bloomingdale.

Adam was predeceased by his grandmother, Glorya Jessie, grandfather William Jessie, uncle, David Jessie andgGrandmother Jeannine Breault.

Calling Hours were at the Stuart Keough Funeral Home, Tupper Lake on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4p.m. to 7p.m.

Penny Lanthier, 52

Dan McClelland


Penny (LaFlamme) Lanthier, age 52, passed away unexpectedly Saturday March 02, 2019.

She was born February 05, 1967 at Mercy Hospital in Tupper Lake. She was the beloved daughter of George and Alice (Exware) LaFlamme.

Penny is survived by her son Wayne (wife Krysten) Lanthier; her daughter Tiffany Lanthier; Brother George LaFlamme (wife Anna); Sister Debbie (husband Charlie) Mitchell; sister Susan (husband Ronald) Allen; Parents George and Alice (Exware) LaFlamme; granddaughter Hailey Brown; grandsons Benjamin and Blayze Lanthier; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her brother Allen Laflamme, ex husband Wayne Lanthier, maternal grandparents David and Hazel (St Mour) Exware, and paternal grandparents George and Emma (LaFountain) LaFlamme.

Penny will live on in our hearts and memories and will be truly missed.

At her request their will be no services. Anyone wishing to remember Penny may make memorial donations to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad in care of the Stuart Fortune Keough funeral home.

James J. Tromblay, 89

Dan McClelland

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James J. “Jim” Tromblay, 89, of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away at 2:08 P.M. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

He was born in Tupper Lake on February 11, 1929, to the late Patrick Joseph and Della (Henry) Tromblay. A daughter, Melinda Smith in 2016 and brothers, Robert, Donald, Peter, and Paul also preceded Jim in death.

On May 29, 1954, in Stanwood, Washington he married Linda Landry and she survives.

He is also survived by his children, Michele Tromblay, Yvonne (Charles) Elias and their children, Adrienne (Rick) Krysiak, and Steven Elias; Jean-Marie Arelt and her son, Paul Arelt; Joseph Tromblay; Jeffrey Tromblay and his son, David Tromblay; John (Michelle) Tromblay and their daughter, Kirsten Tromblay; Suzanne Tromblay; and his late daughter’s husband, Rick Smith and their children, Amanda, Mariah, and Rachel Smith; his wife’s sister, Emmalie (Larry) Silvester and a sister-in-law, Shirley Tromblay.

Jim graduated from Tupper Lake High School. At the age of 21, he enlisted in the Air Force to avoid being drafted by the Army and sent to Korea (two weeks later, he received his draft notification from the Army and was grateful he didn’t have to go). Jim was a 20-year veteran of the U.S Air Force. He began his journey stationed in Seattle, Washington at a governmental office, then Elemendorf AFB Alaska, to Cannon AFB New Mexico, to Incerlik AFB Turkey, then Keesler AFB Mississippi, to Ramstein AFB Germany, and finally the 664th A&W Squadron in Bellefontaine.

The family arrived in Bellefontaine in 1967. Jim was deployed to Vietnam in 1968 and returned in 1969. He retired as a Tech Sergeant in 1970 after 20 years of service.

After retirement, Jim worked for Rockwell International for ten years until they closed. He would also repair sewing machines for Linda’s Sewing and Yarn Shop.

Jim was a 52-year member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served until recently as an usher and handled the parish recycling. He loved God, his family, and his cat. Jim liked gardening, mowing grass, shoveling snow, yard sales, auctions, repairing and taking things apart.

A memorial mass was held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine.

Burial followed at the Calvary Cemetery in Bellefontaine with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran’s Honor Guard.

The arrangements were in the care of the staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bellefontaine.

Mert Somers, 96

Dan McClelland


Former long time Tupper Lake resident Murtha (Mert) Somers passed away peacefully at home in Newport News, Virginia on February 3rd at age 96.

Mert was born in Tupper Lake the eldest son of Thomas and Violet Somers. After serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II he attended St Lawrence University. He married the former Mary Edna Paiement in 1947.

Mert managed Somers Garage, the Ford, Lincoln Mercury Dealership established by his father in 1916 as well as Somers Auto Parts. He was active in local affairs as a long-term member and past president of The Lions Club, a member of the Rescue Squad and the Potter Brook Hunting Club. Mert enjoyed Big Tupper Ski Area from its beginning. After retiring, he and Edna spent their later years in Florida and then Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Marion Slingerland. Mert is survived by his wife Edna of Newport News Virginia, his brother Thomas and his wife Carolyn of Poinciana, FL., Three children; Patricia of Newport News, Michael and his wife Paula of Valrico, FL and John and his wife Beth of Penn Yan, NY, as well as 5 grandchildren and many great grand-children.

A service will be held in Tupper Lake at a later date.

Viola Seaman Gruber, 97

Dan McClelland

Viola Seaman Gruber, 97, of Toccoa, of Georgia passed away on Thursday Jan. 24, 2019 at her residence.

She was the youngest daughter of Ransom and Rose Hamner Seaman. She was born on December 27, 1921 in Long Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Gruber, her sisters Alta Seaman Canberg, Laura Seaman Waterman, her brothers, Howard, Herbert and Clifford Seaman, and her son-in-law James Wise.

A celebration of life service was held on January 28, 2019 in Toccoa, GA and interment in Toccoa City Cementary. A memorial service will be held in Rome, N.Y. this summer, date, time and place to be announced.

Survivors include two daughters and one son Carolyn Wise of Rome, Philip (Carol) Gruber of Toccoa, GA, and Charlotte (Paul) Franco of Rome, N.Y., eleven grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and 16 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Delta Lake Bible Conference Center, 6420 Pillmore Drive, Rome NY 13440 or The Great Commission Fund of the Christian and Missionary Allaince. 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920.

Yvonne Gardner, 91

Dan McClelland

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Yvonne Gardner (91) passed away peacefully in her home in Florida on February 19, 2019.

Yvonne was born on November 26, 1927 in Tupper Lake NY. Her Mother and Fathers were Rose and Reule Beausoliel and life time companion Frank Merlino. Yvonne was the only girl of 5 brothers; Brainard Beausoliel, Roland Beausoliel, Maurice Beausoliel, Joseph Beausoliel, and Frank Beausoliel.

Yvonne met Maynard Gardner at a diner in Tupper Lake NY. They settled next to her husband's family, the Gardner's, in Altona NY until Maynard built Yvonne her dream home on Pickett's Corner Road in Saranac NY. Yvonne and Maynard had 6 children; Dan Gardner of Tupper Lake NY, Steve and Nancy (Sochia) Gardner of Colorado Springs CO, Valery Gardner of Leesburg FL, Joe and Carol Gardner of Umitilla FL, Shelly (Gardner) and Dale Weidenhamer of Leesburg FL, and her diseased youngest son David Gardner, of Saranac NY. Yvonne and Maynard had 11 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.

Yvonne was a wonderful Wife, loving Mother and loyal Friend. As a cooking and baking enthusiast, Yvonne prided herself on creating 6 meals out of one chicken and baking cakes to share with friends and family. Yvonne also enjoyed crafts, painting and challenging her luck at any casino or local poker game. Yvonne had an adventurous spirit with a love of travel and a strong faith.

The family will have a service to celebrate her life in June at Holy Angel Catholic Church in Altona NY.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Lake County Cornerstone Hospice. Online: Directly: Lake County Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 Via Credit Card: 352-742-6819. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778, (352)343-4444. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute wall at

Alfred Miller, 84

Dan McClelland

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Alfred L Miller,84, of Tupper Lake, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mercy Living center where he was recovering from surgery. Born, February 5, 1935 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Andrew and Rose (Peets) Miller. On July 27th, 1957 he married Julia Stern of Saranac Lake at St. Bernard's church. Mr. Miller worked as a lumberjack for various jobbers for most of his life until retiring for health reasons. He is survived by his wife Julia of 61 years, three children; David (Susan) of Tupper Lake, Alan of Tupper Lake, Lynda (Chip) Cihanowic of Crestview, Florida. Also surviving are grandchildren; Danielle (David) Landrum of Pace, Florida, Alex Cihanowic of Brooklyn, NY, great grandchildren; Natalie & Zachary Landrum of Pace, Florida, sisters; Beulah Martin of Tupper Lake and Eva Villnave of Bellin, NH and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by brothers; Thomas, Amos, twin brother Clifford, sisters; Bea Brockway and Rita Paddock. The Love of his life was his family. There will be no calling hours, a memorial mass will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

Douglas Allen King

Dan McClelland

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Douglas A. King was born January 30, 1937 to Otis Yeoman and Ruth Allen King in Lake Placid.

He graduated from Lake Placid Central High School in 1955 and earned a degree in Forestry from Paul Smiths College in 1957. Upon graduation, he was employed by Draper Corporation in Tupper Lake.

Douglas (a.k.a. Dooley) was the youngest person to ride down the Lake Placid bobsled runs. He also earned a medal for “bravery” and “foolishness” for training as a Olympic ski jumper, but he did not take that path.

Otis wanted Douglas to take over the bait and fishing guide business. “Who could make a living doing that? Who would have known what the internet did for professional fishing people. Bass masters prizes for fishing can reach $300,000 a season. They give you a boat, truck, cooler full of beer.”

Douglas also was a scuba diver and had a underwater salvage business.

His father Otis was a fishing guide and kept young Douglas busy retrieving items that seemed to jump out of the boat (for you that knew Otis the apple did not fall far from the tree).

Douglas tried salvaging logs in the Raquette River, and Cranberry Lake, to saw at his mill, but the water stains made them valueless, and at that time there was a plethora of wood here. Now the wood peckers have to pack a lunch.

Douglas for 20 years was woodlands manager of 75,000 acres for Draper Corp/Rockwell International, and worked 17 years for Wagner Woodlands of Lyme, New Hampshire managing Yorkshire Timber Company out of Tupper Lake.

His forestry domain was from Piercefield to Canton, as many in this town knew.

Doug guided the annual snowmobile trips, from the Riverside of Tupper Lake, Piercefield Hotel, Sevey's, Conifer Hotel to Merchants, Newton Falls hotel, Wind Fall House, Blue Birds Star Lake, Oswegatchie, Judy’s in South Colton and somehow every one made it back alive…a few stitches, broken helmets, missing skis and mad wives.

Douglas was the first snowmobile guide to take the Tour of the Adirondacks, sponsored by Ski Doo from Canton to Lake Placid. Troopers and forest rangers are still looking for the culprit.

1979 was the last year of the snowmobiles, as the snow was really sparse, and the state was closing off the land to riding as well as boating in the summers. Long winters made a void for the thrill of crashing and the need for speed. Four wheels did not quite fill the need so in 1982 Doug and Scott bought their first airplane, a 140 Cessna. It had a few issues, well quite a few, in fact. Three out of four cylinders were good, and you could not fly when it was damp because you lost your air speed indicator. Nothing serious, though. It just falls out of the sky then. The Cessna was priced right, all most free. That should have been the eye-opener. A friend who flew said it was a a deal. Ooo yahhh right! It was lime green and it was aptly named Kermit.

Doug and Scott did not know anything about planes so our friend gave us crash lessons. Doug really took this to heart….The age difference was important in the learning curve. Scott's brain was developing and Douglas’ was decreasing!

So the pair took four quick lessons and soloed without their friend. They had no formal instructions and did not read the manuals. Actually they didn't know they had them.

So then they decided after they flew for a couple of months to get a student pilot license and signed up for instructions,

The instructor showed up early for their instruction on the first day and was waiting as two students flew in together and stepped out of the plane.

First impressions are everything.

So after formal training they had the paper work for speed, so we could go over state land, private land where every we wanted to go.

When winter came they bought skis for Kermit.

Then it was raining and Doug came over and wanted to fly in the rain His son said no, reminding him the air speed indicator did not work in the rain. Douglas proved why you should not fly in the rain. He came back to house with blood running down his face and the air plane was on its roof. They do not fly that way.

Another time the airplane's ski stuck in the slush on the ice? There's a whole other story to that.

Doug perfected the art of crashing and walking away.

Doug's wife, Judy, thought she wanted to try flying and after the first time she had enough of the crashing and walking in the snow.

Doug kept flying until he could no longer, not because he ran out of planes.

Douglas enjoyed traveling out west, hunting and panning for gold. He preferred to run equipment better than running a pan, went on a few cruises, showed his grand kids a few things as well as them showing him a few things.

Did you see the picture of him riding the Jackolope? The west will never be the same.

Douglas was not all that fond of water slide tubes, especially when they were over 4 stories tall, and once the grand kids tricked him into it. The kids are still laugh about the screaming. He’s still mad at his son Scott and that damn need for speed. He preferred to be in something when he was speeding.

Douglas battle began in 2012 and passed all expectations, He was taken to experts in the field in Montana in 2014. He returned home in 2017 and passed peacefully at his home in Tupper Lake,

Douglas was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge of Lake Placid 839, New York and Shriner of the Oriental Temple of Troy, New York.

Douglas was predeceased by his daughter, Vanessa Lynn King Malerba, father, Otis Yeoman and mother, Ruth Allen King as well as brother-in-law, Roger L. DeFoe.

Douglas and Judy Dixon King were married almost 62 years and were blessed (cursed) with three children, Vanessa Lynn Malerba, Tupper Lake. Laura King Lavigne of Deerfield Beach, Florida .Scott King of Montreal, MO; five grandchildren, Craig Allen King and wife, Lacey King, Wyoming, Rebecca King Vaughn and husband, Kevin, North Carolina, Mitchell and fiancé Jessica Talley, Camdenton Missouri, Lindsay Lavigne Mozdzier and husband Aaron, Larry Douglas Lavigne, Tupper Lake.

He is also survived by seven great grandchildren Evelyn M King, Otis Allen King, Wyoming, Skylynn King, Missouri, Mason and Preston Talley, Missouri, Samuel and Layne Mozdzier, Tupper Lake, a sister, Shirley King DeFoe, a brother Allen Roger King and wife, Karen L. King, several nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews.

Doug loved the outdoors, was very active and wasn't afraid to try something.

He’s back in the air now where he's still flying and doing what he loved.

Roy J Dupuis, 85

Dan McClelland

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Roy J Dupuis, 85, of 42 Lafayette St., Tupper Lake died Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Tupper Lake on December 31, 1933, Roy was the last child of eight children born to Theodore and Delina (LaGoy) Dupuis.

He attended local schools and married Rita M. Panode of Lake Clear on May 15, 1954 at St. Johns Wilderness church in Lake Clear.

She pre-deceased him on August 28, 1999 after 45 years of marriage.

Roy and Rita started their family in Tupper Lake and shortly later moved to Ross's Park near Paul Smith's area where he was employed as a caretaker for 13 years. The family returned to Tupper Lake and Roy eventually began working for the Tupper Lake Central School district where he retired after 25 years of service as a bus driver.

As young man, Roy enjoyed the woods and spent many hours fishing and hunting. His other hobbies included leather work, coin collecting and college/professional sports.

Roy is survived by one son, Mark and his wife Louise (Carrier) of Tupper Lake, four daughters: Mrs Randy (Theresa) Denis of Tupper Lake, Mrs. Timothy (Laura) LaRocque of Tupper Lake, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Gillette of Lake Clear and Mrs. John (Karen) Boyer of Tupper Lake, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and a close companion Rita Corrow.

He was preceded in death by his son David in 2003 as well as parents and siblings.

Calling hours were held on Thursday, January 31 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, February 1 at St. Alphonsus church with Rev. Douglas Decker Celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Name cemetery in May. He was cherished and will be greatly missed.

James Bryan Carr, Jr. and Charlotte Lucille Carr

Dan McClelland

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James Bryan Carr Jr. , 88, passed away on December 19, 2018, at Rose Court, Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham Massachusetts. He was born February 23, 1930, in Gouverneur, New York, the son of James Bryan Carr and Kathleen Dorothy Tanner.

Jim married Charlotte Lucille Degon, of Malone New York, on November 27, 1954.

Charlotte Lucille Carr (Degon), 90, passed away on October 5, 2018, at Rose Court, Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham Massachusetts. Charlotte was born August 8, 1928, in Byram, Connecticut, the daughter of Marshall Ovela Degon and Frances Mildred Degon (Pinsonnault).

Jim graduated from Clarkson College at Potsdam with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Jim, serving as a Second Lieutenant, was in the U.S. Army stationed in England during the Korean War, assigned to SCARWAF (Special Combined Army With Air Force). He later earned a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Nuclear Engineering.

Jim spent the bulk of his working life at General Electric as a Managing Engineer, starting his G.E. career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Schenectady, N.Y. and continuing at the S1C Prototype nuclear submarine propulsion plant at Windsor Connecticut, then to General Electric’s Boiling Water Reactor headquarters in San Jose California and returning to the Northeast to complete a variety of General Electric projects before retiring in Tupper Lake.

As was said of Jim in the April 12, 2000 edition of the Tupper Lake Free Press:

“There are some people who never give back to their community, others who give on occasion and others who never stop giving. They work without regard to themselves and spend almost every free moment they have helping others.”

James B. Carr, Jr. was president of the Schenectady Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy from 1962-64 and vice president of United Cerebral Palsy of New York State 1965-72. He was also a founding member and president of Habitat West in San Jose, California, a chapter of Habitat For Humanity.

Jim was well known for his community service record, helping many local Tupper Lake groups on a variety of civic projects. His selflessness has benefited many, including the Adirondack chapter Habitat for Humanity, The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, the local AARP chapter, the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Tupper Lake Rotary Club.

Jim's leadership and selfless civic contributions earned him a number of public accolades.

Jim was also known for his artistic wood carving, with one particular piece, Surfboard Santa, which was featured in a publication for woodcarvers.

Many knew Jim for his extensive genealogical research tracing the Carr family from the Adirondacks back to the early days of the nation, connecting the family with many interesting characters and historic persons including the upstanding Reverend Thomas Buckingham, a founder of Yale University, as well as the youthful and hot headed Mayflower passenger Edward Doty of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Jim also traced Charlotte’s ancestry back to the beginnings of Quebec, being descended from a number of Filles du roi (King’s Daughters) & soldats du Carignan (Carignan soldiers ) which firmly established her family’s participation in the development of early Canadian history.

Charlotte was known for her devotion to her family. In an interview featuring Jim early in his G.E. career Charlotte was quoted “Jim’s future is our future.” That now reads as a testament to her support of her husband and loyalty to their future journey. Charlotte enjoyed expressing herself artistically through drawing, painting and writing and became especially known for her beautiful and elegant quilts.

Jim and Charlotte leave three sons: Timothy of Moodus, Connecticut, Brian of Tracy, California and Jonathan of Santa Rosa, California, along with eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Jim also leaves a sister, Mary, of Reno, Nevada. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Charlotte Lucille Carr (Degon), who passed away shortly before him on October 5, 2018, and by his daughter, Janet, September 11, 1963, and his brother David in January 30, 2006.

Those who wish to remember Jim and Charlotte in a special way may make gifts in their memory to: The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Jim and Charlotte will be at rest, within sight of The Wild Center, with daughter Janet Elaine at Lakeview Cemetery, Tupper Lake, New York.

Eula Grace Kentile, 78

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Eula Grace Kentile passed away Monday, January 21 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, surrounded by her family.

Eula was born on September 21, 1940 to the late Sylvester and Delima (Clement) Reid. She was the second daughter out of three born.

She is survived by her four children: Raymond (Deanna) Kentile, Richard (Gertrude) Kentile, Rebecca (Kevin) St. Louis, all of Tupper Lake, and Lisa (Gordon) Drasye of Richford, N.Y. Also surviving Eula are two sisters, Mary (the late Leonard) Cassel of Houston, Texas and Linda (John) Hoyt of Tupper Lake.

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and one aunt, Gertrude Clement.

Eula attended Tupper Lake Central School and graduated in 1959 with her sister Mary Cassel by her side. On September 21 the same year, Eula married the love of her life; Richard J Kentile Sr. She worked various jobs including OWD, Tupper Lake Central School, Big Tupper Ski Area and Rite Aid. One thing Eula was known for was her famous beans and Swedish meatballs, a favorite at family gatherings.

Eula was predeceased by her loving husband Richard J Kentile Sr, her parents Sylvester and Delima Reid, nephew Robert Cassel and brother in law Leonard Cassel.

Burial and services will be held in the late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad and Tupper Lake Fire Department. Special thanks to the staff at Adirondack Medical Center.

Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.

Death notice: Roy Dupuis

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Roy Dupuis, 85, passed away Monday, January 28 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Calling hours are scheduled for Thursday, January 31 from 4-7 pm at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1pm at St Alphonsus church.

Death notice: Jim Carr

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We've received word this week that Jim Carr, a man who was very active in community during the years that he and his wife Charlotte lived here in recent decade, passed away on December 19. An active Rotarian, Jim played a leading role in the club's creation of the Rotary Track and Field project at L.P. Quinn. He was also a founding member of the board of directors of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. A full obituary will be forthcoming, we anticipate.

Charles L Godin, 86

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Charles Louis Godin, 86, 25 Victor Ave, Tupper Lake passed away at his home on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Born on March 4, 1932 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Francis and Marion (Prespare) Godin.

Charles grew up in Tupper Lake and attended Holy Ghost Academy.

He enlisted into the Air Force and served in the Korean War.

Charles loved golf, going to the casino, and was an avid hunter.

He worked at for the Village of Tupper Lake as a linemen, then went to work at Sunmount as an electrician.

Charles married Eileen Ryan on March 8, 1958. Eileen passed away on July 15, 1975.

He then married Kilnore Parent. She passed away on July 31, 2012.

He is survived by his only child Kathy (Randy) LaLonde, three grandchildren, Janelle, Josh and his wife Erin, and Dorie, and his only great grandson, Kole Snyder, all of Tupper Lake. He is also survived by one sister, Theresa (Timothy) Madore, of Brooksville Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, hhis two wives, eight brothers, one sister.

There will be no calling hours at his request. A private burial will be held in the spring.

Theodore J. “Ted” Maroun

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Theodore J. “Ted” Maroun passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on October 17, 2018 with his wife and stepdaughter with him at the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Ted was 83 at the time of his death. He was born in Tupper Lake, the son of Rose and Joe (Assad) Maroun.

Ted is survived by a daughter Denise: two sons, T.J. and Martin and stepdaughter, Rochelle. He is also survived by his wife of 32 years, Sup Mei.

He was predeceased by three brothers: Walter, Joe and Woody, as well as two sisters, Lilah and Rose. He has one surviving brother, Donald. He is also survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ted graduated from Holy Ghost Academy, and then served a hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor's degree from Potsdam State and masters’ degrees from both Canisius College and State University of New York at Buffalo.


He then went on to earn his doctorate in education from the University of Indiana.

In 1970, he was appointed to the faculty at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He retired from McGill several years ago as one of their most respected and knowledgeable professors in the field of counselor education.

For many years Ted had a second home on River Road. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating on the Raquette River. He was a former member of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

He was also a member of the River Ridge Hunting Club where he enjoyed great times with his nephew Paul and his close friend, Bruce Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial was said for Ted at St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church in Toronto on the 27th of November. His nephew Paul Maroun gave the eulogy. Internment was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

Donations in Ted’s memory may be made to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Irene B. Gravlin, 95

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Irene B. Gravlin, 95, died peacefully on November 29, 2018.

She was born March 27, 1923 in Tupper Lake to the late Edith (Dominie) and Harvey Tebo, Sr.

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She attended Tupper Lake schools, and in 1942 married Kenneth F. Gravlin Sr. of Athol, MA. and Conifer.

They raised three children: Sandra, Kenny, and Leta.

Irene worked for many years as a book keeper for J.J. Newberry’s and as a clerk for Monakey and Meader, commonly known to the locals as “Maids.”

When she retired, she enjoyed traveling abroad with her daughter, but always returned home to Tupper Lake.

Irene enjoyed volunteering at Mercy Healthcare Nursing home and delivering Meals on Wheels, but what she truly enjoyed was being able to drive her family and friends to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, and running errands.

In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with her good friends Joyce Vollmer and Izzy Cassell.

She is survived by her son Kenny (Rachel) and daughter Leta; four grandchildren: Bill, Scott, Cecilia, and Monique; eight great-grandchildren: Christopher, Katelin, Logan, Patrick, Ben, Alexa, Gauge and Garrett; and the ultimate loves of her life, her great-great grandchildren: Franklin and Fiona.

Those who knew her best, knew that her family was her greatest joy. Many learned about her “kids” through the photos she carried and cherished.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sandra, sisters Mercile Forkey and Kate Bump, and brothers Harvey (Maryann) and Will (Elaine) Tebo.

A graveside burial will take place at St. Alphonsus cemetery in the spring. Family and friends wishing to express condolences or share memories of Irene can do so online at

Janet (Brunet) Rabatoy

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Janet (Brunet) Rabatoy, 88, of Tupper Lake passed away at Mercy Living Center on Tuesday, November 26, 2018.

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She is survived by her two daughters, Connie Proulx and her husband Tom of Tupper Lake and Jane Quinn and her husband Paul of Old Forge. Janet is also survived by four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Pat Rabatoy.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, December 1 at St. Alphonsus church. Burial will be in Holy Name cemetery in the spring.

Donations may be made to the Tupper Lake Hockey Association.

Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home.