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Samuel L. Surace

November 18, 2023

Samuel L SuraceSamuel L. Surace, 87, of Watertown passed away Saturday morning, November 18, 2023, at Samaritan Keep Home.

Sam was born in Watertown March 23, 1936, son of Pasquale T. and Mildred (Denny) Surace and he attended Watertown schools. He served honorably in the US Air Force from March 8, 1954 to November 1, 1957, discharging as an Airman First Class. He then served in the Air Force Reserves until June 16, 1961. On May 23, 1964 he married Joyce J. Dubrey at St. Joseph's Church in Dannemora.

Samuel retired from Watertown Department of Public Works as a Working Foreman. After retirement he was a part time driver for Amsa Armored Car. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church, was a Eucharistic Minister, and enjoyed volunteering at church functions and making rosaries to donate back to the church. Sam was a member of American Legion Post 61, Knight of Columbus Council 259, Bishop Conroy Council 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and Northside Improvement League. He enjoyed being a ham operator, hunting, fishing, and bowling. Sam loved music, singing, and playing his guitar and harmonica.

Along with his wife, Joyce, of 59 years, Sam is survive by his daughter and her husband, Kim S. and Bradley Taylor, Amherst, his son, Pasquale T. Surace, Watertown; four grandchildren, Samantha Bree, Spencer McCreary, Giana Surace, and Logan Surace; three great grandchildren, Rose and Jude Bree and Sophia Buldra; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Joseph and Wilfred Varno, and three sisters, Virginia Powell, Anna Adams, and Mildred Surace.

   The family would like to thank all of the caring staff on the 4th floor of Samaritan Keep Home.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, November 24, from 5 - 7 PM. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 25, at 11 AM at Holy Family Church followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences to Sam's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in his name may be made to Holy Family Church, 129 Winslow St., Watertown, NY 13601 or to Alzheimer's Association Central New York Chapter, 5015 Campuswood Dr., Suite 102, East Syracuse, NY 13057.


#18 Karen Powell 2023-11-24 09:52
Joyce, sincere condolences to you and your family, thinking of you all with loving thoughts and prayers.
Karen and Jim Powell
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#17 Karen Reid 2023-11-22 13:30
Joyce and Family My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Hugs and prayers to all of you. He will be missed.
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#16 Cheri Beebee 2023-11-22 11:36
Uncle Sammy, you will be missed greatly. I'm sorry I can not attend the funeral. You are in my thoughts, prayers and my heart. I love you..
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#15 Patty Howell 2023-11-21 21:23
Our condolences to Joyce and family . Such a great guy praying for you and your family
Don and. Patty Howell
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#14 Paul Alteri 2023-11-21 18:22
Pasquale, our condolences to you and your family. The loss of a parent hurts deep and takes time to heal. But it also gives us strength and many fond memories of how lucky we are to have caring and loving parents. Find strength in faith and take pride in the fact that your father was a good man and a wonderful father. He was Italian.
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#13 Jon Birchenough 2023-11-21 16:34
Sorry to hear of Sam's passing we still talk about him on Cronk rd in Barnes corners Rip
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#12 Dian and Dick Hongo 2023-11-21 09:23
Joyce and family,
So very sorry to learn of Sam's passing.
Please accept our sympathy and know we will be thinking of you in the days ahead as you adjust to life without Sam.

Dian and Dick
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#11 Kit Purington 2023-11-20 18:46
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you
Kit Purington
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#10 Edmund VanDusen 2023-11-20 17:01
Sam was my boss at the city of Watertown in sign maintenance and paint crew.He was great to work for and with. I am so sorry for his passing and your loss.
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#9 Carmen Dickson 2023-11-20 15:48
Dear Kim, Brad and family,
Eliot and I offer you our heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Dad. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Eliot and Carmen Dickson
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