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Vernon A. Constance

November 24, 2022

Vernon A. ConstanceVernon A. "Bud" Constance, 95, of Cape Vincent, passed away on Thursday November 24,2022 at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Bud was born in Watertown, New York on April 23, 1927, the son of Chester and Cora Aubertine Constance. He was educated at Sand Bay, St. Mary's and Cape Vincent schools. He entered the U.S. Navy on March 22, 1945, serving as a Seaman First Class and was discharged on April 26, 1946. He received the WW II Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal, while serving on the Destroyer Louis Hancock at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines.

Vernon married Ruth E. Kilborn on April 7, 1949, at the St. Vincent of Paul Church in Cape Vincent with Rev. Patrick B. Riley officiating. In his early years he worked for the Town of Cape Vincent, General Crushed Stone, operated a dairy farm on the McKeever Road that he purchased from the Holiday brothers. He was employed by B.J. Ettinger as a cattle dealer for 19 years.

Bud then went to work for the Village of Cape Vincent for 15 years as Superintendent of the Water Department. He retired in 1989. After retirement, he then went to work for Bach and Company, FedEx, and the NYSDOT Green Thumb Program. He served as Mayor of Cape Vincent from April 1997 to March 1999.

Bud attended St. Vincent of Paul Church in Cape Vincent and St. Mary's Church, Clayton. He was a member of the American Legion Post-832 and a 58-year member of the Cape Vincent Fire Department, serving 6 years as fire chief. Bud served 28 years on the French Festival Committee, many years as parade organizer. He enjoyed hunting with his grandson Michael, raising beagles and playing cards.

Bud is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Constance, 5 daughters, Charlene Mannigan, Dexter, Cindy Kelly, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Linda Frazier and Alvin Enns of Raleigh, NC, Julie Reed and her husband Howard, Spring TX, and Deborah Welte and her husband David, Lutz, Fla., 12 grandchildren,10 great-grandchildren, 5 great,-great-grandchildren. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents he is predeceased by 2 brothers, Volney and Vernal, 3 sisters, Vera Fitzgerald, Verna Mason, and Venia Belknap, and a great grandson, Logan Mannigan.

At his request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass at St. Vincent of Paul Church, followed by Celebration of Life Gathering, will be held at the Cape Vincent Fire Hall at a time to be announced in the spring/summer of 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cape Vincent Fire Department, P.O.Box-609, 241 East Broadway Street, Cape Vincent, New York 13618.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. Online condolences may be posted to his family at Cummings Funeral Service.


#13 Edgar Barr 2022-12-11 17:06
My condolences. I got to know Bud from working at the water dept. for the village of Cape Vincent. Bud cared about everyone and was a very kind man.
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#12 Ken Frazier 2022-12-08 11:38
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Constance family in the loss of your dear Bud. The Lord gives us His assurance of being with us in times of sorrow. I pray you will feel His comfort and peace as you mourn and remember Bud. It's those precious memories that will keep you close to him throughout this time and beyond. I hope you will embrace them with joy in knowing Bud is with his creator, his Lord, our Savior, Christ Jesus.
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#11 Tom & Pat Brown 2022-12-05 09:59
Our deepest sympathies to Ruth and family at the loss of Bud this past week. We will miss backyard neighborhood family catch ups while watching Bud's squirrels entertain us. Bud was a fun guy and will be missed.
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#10 Sandy Carey 2022-11-30 09:38
Bud always had a kind word and a smile!
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#9 Dawn Grant 2022-11-29 08:54
Rest in peace my friend
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#8 peter strouse 2022-11-28 19:54
So sorry to read about the passing of another one the North country old timer. Bud always made time for a story and kind words. I always greeted him as your honor as respect for the time he spent as a public servant. A greeting well deserved. I'll miss him .
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#7 Bonnie Mosher 2022-11-28 05:50
Glenn and I extend our deepest sympathies to Bud’s family and friends. It was a pleasure, and great honor, to have met him.
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#6 Joan Haver Postorino 2022-11-27 22:17
Charlene and sons am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, grandpa. Remember him doing the French Festival for many years and talking with the drum corp many times. RIP Bud.
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#5 Sarah Smith 2022-11-27 22:04
I have many fond memories of this great man, as his daughter Charlene is like a 2nd Mom to me. What a legacy he is leaving behind with his beautiful family. May he Rest in Eternal Peace with our Heavenly Father
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#4 Don & Rose Whitmore 2022-11-27 21:09
Charlene and family;

We are sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! He was such a fine man and he touched so many lives in a positive way. I called him Mr. Constance when I first met him through the fire department! He told me that his friends called him Bud! It was a pleasure to have known him and your family. May he Rest In Peace!
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