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Richard G. Bertrand

July 10, 2017

richard g bertrandRichard G. Bertrand, 101, James St., Clayton passed away with his family by his side on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Samaritan Summit Village where he had resided since January 23.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, July 16, from 2 - 5PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Monday, July 17, at 10:15AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at St. Mary's Church at 11AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Dick was born in Clayton on September 10, 1915, son of George W. and Lena DeRosia Bertrand. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He married Virginia Cantwell on October 10, 1934 at St. Mary's Church with Rev. George E. Racette officiating. Mrs. Bertrand, owner and operator of Restaway Lodge from 1940 to 1980, died April 19, 1993.

On November 5, 1943 he enlisted in the US Army, serving in Company B 120th Infantry. He saw service in Rhineland and Ardennes and received the European African Middle Easter Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars and Combat Infantry Badge. He was honorably discharged on December 6, 1945.

Dick was a postal carrier for the US Postal Service, became Postmaster, and retired after 35 years of service. He was a communicant and trustee of St. Mary's Church, and he was a 101 year member of the parish. He was a Bishop Conroy General Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 350 since 1933. He had been a member of American Legion Post 61 since 1945 and had held many local and State offices. Dick was involved in starting the Clayton Housing Authority, was Chairman of the organization for many years, and was still serving on the Board of Directors at the time of his death. He enjoyed golf and was instrumental in starting the Senior Men's Golf League, which is now named the Dick Bertrand Senior Golf League. He had been its secretary and treasurer and played golf until he was 96.

He is survived by his son, Richard C. Bertrand and wife, Patti, Clayton; daughter, Gayon B. Meyer and husband, John F., Liverpool; nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his wife, Virginia, Dick was predeceased by his brother, John A. Bertrand, and sister, June Marie Thompson.

Donations in his name may be made to St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#15 joyce Gray McLaughli 2017-07-18 17:26
Gayon and family, Sincere condolences . From James and Joyce. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold onto the years of wonderful memories.
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#14 Jim & Liz Gaffney 2017-07-16 18:42
Our condolences!!!
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#13 Judith Corbin 2017-07-16 11:19
I will be thinking of you all today and tomorrow and am sorry I can't be there to pass out hugs. I will miss seeing Dick at all the family gatherings. Much love to all, Judi
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#12 Theodore Streets 2017-07-16 10:53
My sincere condolences in the passing of Dick. He was my Postmater when I worked there at the Clayton post office in the early 70's. he was a great man to work for. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
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#11 Joseph A. Netto 2017-07-15 13:15
Dick will be truly missed. I bestowed the title of "Commissioner" on him, recognizing his outstanding contributions he made to the community of Clayton.Ann & I both send our deepest condolences to the entire Bertrand family.
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#10 bonnie bouchard 2017-07-13 10:08
To all of the family. , Dick, Patty, children, grands, greats, and great greats. Truly , a life well and long lived. A man whom was truly an outstanding member of our Community. A much admired , much loved man that will truly be missed. Condolences to the family and to all who loved him. May they rest in eternal peace ,
Dick and Gin together again.
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#9 Laurie Marr 2017-07-13 08:33
Mr. Bertrand was my favorite landlord - and I've had many. We shared some good times when I lived on the upper level of his James Street house - including sitting in the dark together in shock during the microburst of 1996. I still look to make sure the lamp is in the window every time I drive by! A wonderful man and a wonderful life lived. My thoughts are with the Bertrand family.
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#8 Sue Ellen Garnsey 2017-07-13 08:13
The entire Bertrand family is in my heart. Such a great man. Such a loving family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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#7 Bill Bazinet 2017-07-12 22:39
Dick, Patti, and Gayon my thoughts are with you at the passing of Disk. I remember him as a kind and compassionate man. What a great life lived and he will be remembered.
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#6 Robin Ellis 2017-07-12 21:47
Mr, Richard Bertrand, Was One Of The Nicest People I Knew In My Life, I Once Rented The Apartment In The Upstairs Of HIs Home On James Street In Clayton, He Was Very Kind To Me, So Sorry To The Family For Your Loss, He Will Be Missed A-lot, My Family Thought The World Of Him, Our Prayers Are With Your Family Always,
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