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Henry R. LaClair

May 24, 2023

Henry R LaClairHenry R. LaClair, 91, of Clayton passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Hospice of Jefferson County surrounded by family.

Henry was born March 8, 1932 in the Town of Pamelia, son of Ernest T. and Marion House LaClair. He was a 1949 graduate of LaFargeville Central School. He entered the US Navy on March 25, 1952 and was honorably discharged as a Hospital Corpsman 2 on March 21, 1957. While serving in the Navy, he received the National Defense and Good Conduct Medals.

He married Kathleen E. Wilder Casselman July 13, 1985 at the Clayton United Methodist Church and the marriage was blessed at St. Mary's Church on September 24, 2010. A previous marriage to Beverley Deline ended in divorce.

Henry was a dairy farmer for 26 years. In 1964 the Jefferson Bulk Milk Coop was formed by 13 dairy farmers with Henry being one of the original members and serving as its director. In 1990 he became the Zoning Enforcement Officer for the Town of Clayton and in 2004 for the Village of Clayton. He was a Chairman and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. He was Commander from 1965 - 1966 of the Klock-Smith American Legion Post 1788, LaFargeville and was a life member for over 60 years of the Colon-Couch American Legion Post 821, Clayton. In 2018 he participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Henry was a member of the Clayton Lions Club and Clayton Knights of Columbus Council 350. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of both the Twilight and the Dick Bertrand Senior Golf Leagues. He also enjoyed bowling and was a member of the LaClair Farms Bowling Team and sponsored the Milk Maid Bowling League. Henry also enjoyed leather craft and woodworking.

Along with his wife, Kathleen, he is survived by his 8 children, Kathy Sue (Craig) Handschuh, Redwood, Henry R. (Frances) Jr., Clayton, Barbara (Ross) Owens, Clayton, Michelle (Fred) Taylor, TX, Blaine (Zora), NM, Thomas (Janine), Clayton, Shawn (Lisa), Clayton, and Loretta (Ricky) Pierce, Clayton; step son, Michael (Donna) Casselman, Clayton; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; sister, Betty Jean Lane, Watertown; sister-in-law, Danitza LaClair, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Henry was predeceased by 2 brothers, Bernard W. and Frederick D. LaClair and sister Joan S. Blair.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Wednesday, May 31, from 4 - 7 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 1, at 11 AM at St. Mary's Church. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery will be at his family convenience. In lieu of flowers donations in Henry's name may be made to Sons of the American Legion Christmas Basket Fund, 518 Riverside Dr. or Clayton Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., both in Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#17 Laura Brown 2023-05-31 13:13
To All the members of the LaClair family! I send my deepest condolences! Henry was a remarkable Man!
I enjoyed talks with him and his family at the Home!
Fly High Henry , You are sadly Missed!
Laura Brown!
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#16 Tanya Yates 2023-05-30 09:24
So Sorry to hear of Henry's passing. Your Family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He will be truly missed by all.
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#15 Diane Mcgilton 2023-05-30 07:59
Uncle Henry and aunt Beverly were my favorites. I was always welcome to spend the summers on their farm during my childhood, the Christian love they gave me was a positive influence in my adulthood. Remember the fun times my cousins, life was good then. I love you all, Diane
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#14 Thelma Reardon 2023-05-29 20:52
Henry was one of the first members and a Director of
Jefferson BulkMilk Cooperative. He was very intelligent
And an excellent farmer. So sorry for the families loss.
Praying for comfort and peace. Respectfully
Thelma at the Co-op
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#13 Dennis Honeywell 2023-05-28 12:10
I enjoyed bantering with Henry, and worked with him when we both worked for the Township. A good person and a good friend.
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#12 Janelle Longton 2023-05-28 09:02
Sincere condolences to Henry's wife and all his children from Ruth Resch.
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#11 Dawn Smith 2023-05-28 00:04
So very sorry for his passing, he was a nice person to talk to. My condolences to his family.
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#10 Duane Hazelton 2023-05-27 17:26
I always enjoyed visiting with Henry. He was a wealth of knowledge. Sorry he has left us. Proud to have known him.
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#9 Sherry Olmstead 2023-05-27 13:33
I am so sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Henry
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#8 Gayle Truesdell 2023-05-27 10:33
Cathy and Craig and families,

We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Hold your treasured memories close to comfort you in the days ahead.

Our Deepest Sympathies,

Gayle, Randy and Dustin Truesdell
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