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John H. Charlebois

January 1, 2023

john h charleboisJohn H. "Jack" Charlebois, 86, Watertown, passed away Sunday evening, January 1, 2023, at Samaritan Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Jack was born in Watertown April 14, 1936, son of Harold "Sonny" and Margaret E. "Betty" Patterson Charlebois. He was a 1954 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy and received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Clarkson College in 1958.

On November 9, 1963 he married Mary J. DeFranco at Holy Family Church.

Jack was a Highway Designer for New York State Department of Transportation, Watertown and retired after almost 40 years of service to the State. The couple spent 11 years in Green Valley, AZ where he was a member of the Woodworking Club of Green Valley. Jack made beautiful inlaid wood bowls and toys and enjoyed volunteering for the White Elephant in Arizona, a thrift store and charity. They then moved to Fredericksburg, VA for 5 years before returning to the North Country 8 years ago. He was a former communicant of Holy Family Church and currently attended Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville.

Along with his wife, Mary, Jack is survived by his two children, Denise Huzil and husband Richard, Springfield, VA and John D. Charlebois and wife Andrea, Watertown; 5 grandchildren, Maria Brundage and husband Josh, Dylan Maney-Turner, and Tylar, Kadyn, and Addyson Charlebois; great grandson Nolan Brundage and a great granddaughter on the way, Mia Charlebois; brother Gary W. Charlebois and wife Ann, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His grandson, Eastyn Rae Charlebois, died in August 2005.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 6, at 10AM in Glenwood Cemetery. There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to John's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to the Michelle DeFranco Nursing Scholarship, c/o Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#15 Harriet McMillan 2023-01-16 18:17
So sorry for all of you. Sending hugs.
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#14 John Hegarty 2023-01-07 08:50
From the TCS/CACI family our condolences Denise (Huzil) to you and your family.
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#13 Tim Glover 2023-01-05 17:21
Mary Jo and Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the memories you have bring you peace. I learned a great deal from Jack while working in his group on the 8th floor for many years. He always found the time to explain what I needed to know and send me in the right direction. Peace
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#12 Deborah Corley 2023-01-05 09:55
My condolences to John's family. My godmother is Ann Charlebois, and I love Ann and Gary. So sorry for your loss but know that John is up in heaven. May good memories help you through these difficult times.
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#11 Mark Robbins 2023-01-04 23:52
My condolences on the passing of John. I am a distant
cousin. My mom, Maryjean Hayden Robbins, knew John.
My great grandmother, Elizabeth Hayden Charlebois was
William Charlebois' sister. William was John's great grandfather. May he rest in peace.
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#10 Yvonne Heldt-Sawyer 2023-01-04 22:56
My condolences to Mary Jo, Denise and John. The Charlebois family was an important and much loved part of my childhood. I lived next door to Uncle Sonny and Aunt Betty, who were also my God parents and grew up with John. Jack was my Dad’s cousin and they grew up together as well. He was a very special person. He will be missed and remembered fondly
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#9 Ann Carlisle 2023-01-04 18:00
Dear Mrs. Charlebois,

Jack was one of Bill's favorite people and he always enjoyed interacting with him. They went all the way back to IHA and worked together for over 30 years, I know Jack will rest in Peace because he was a good man and always showed others a caring persona.
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#8 Kelli Bickett 2023-01-04 16:48
RIP Uncle Jack.
Love you, Aunt Mary Jo!

XO All of us in ABQ XO
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#7 Jim Nolan 2023-01-04 12:16
A friend, neighbor and schoolmate from kindergarten thru high school. It was good seeing you a few years back in Dexter. RIP my friend. Condolences and prayers to the family.
Jim Nolan
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#6 Stephen Belch 2023-01-04 10:49
Mary Jo so very sorry to hear this news, all our prayers our family to you, Denise and John.
Cousin Steve in AZ
Cecilia and Janet in Virginia
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