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Jeremiah P. 'Jerry' Lantier

November 21, 2018

Jeremiah P. "Jerry" Lantier, 90, died suddenly at his home in Clayton on November 21, 2018.

Graveside committals will be held in 2019 at St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821. There are no calling hours or funeral and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Jerry was born in Theresa on March 7, 1928, son of Francis H. and Laura A. Sturtvant Lantier. He was a 1946 graduate of Mount St. Michael's Academy, Bronx and graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle in 1951. He served in the US Air Force from November 7, 1952 to August 30, 1956. While in the Air Force, he played clarinet in its band.

He was a History teacher for the Carthage School System. Jerry loved music and playing with the Clayton Village Band. In the summers he sold tickets for the American and Denny Boatlines in Clayton.

He is survived by nephews Rodney P. and his wife Nancy Lantier of Burke, VA; Kenneth P. and his wife Deborah Lantier of Ottawa, Ontario; and Daniel T. Lantier and his fiance Debi Hartman of New Port Richey, Florida. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, brother, Francis S. Lantier, and sister, Clara Jane Sehlmacher.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's name may be made to the Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. And The Band Played On...


#9 Leigh Pracht 2019-04-05 16:29
Jerry was a very special friend to my parents, Don and Janet Pracht. As well, he was my eyes and ears when my mother grew ill and cantankerous in her last years. So many stories!! What a great guy that will be missed by all!
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#8 Joel & Carol Charles 2018-12-06 22:27
Summer nights at Frink Park won’t be the same without you, Jerry. The bench people are going to miss your energy.
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#7 Stephen Kalilec 2018-11-30 14:13
Knew Jerry for just a few years. We had some
wonderful talks in the lobby of the Harbor Hotel.

You will be missed my Friend.
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#6 Terry savis 2018-11-29 06:58
I miss our almost daily walks and all your advice. I hope you have found peace my friend
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#5 Holly Desteli 2018-11-28 16:12
I have such wonderful memories of Jerry from when I was just a teenager working at Sweet Treats (now The Scoop) on Riverside Dr. in Clayton. He was always sharing stories and giving advice to me and my co-workers as we were just young teenagers trying to make some money during our summers. He was always so kind and looking out for the best for me. I enjoyed our talks and coming back to Clayton years later to see him sitting on the benches by the docks watching the boats and people pass by. He will be missed by many and I will forever remember his kind eyes and smile. And the Band Will Play On, Jerry!
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#4 Al&Sandy Thompson 2018-11-28 11:47
Clayton will not be the same without JERRY he welcomed everyone to our town. We sat with him at the benches and he kept us informed of past and present events. People who met him remembered him and would come back every year to say HI
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#3 Roland Van Deusen 2018-11-28 08:46
We called Jerry the "mayor" of Valley Drive. He helped us save our Scotch Pine trees. Could hear him practicing his clarinet Summer eves walking our dog. He walked everywhere and was in great shape for his age. He helped another neighbor by walking their dog for them. He was an institution up here and will be missed. May God have mercy on his soul and comfort his family.
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#2 Anne & Ron houppert 2018-11-27 22:07
So sorry to hear about Jerry. We knew him from the time we met him at the benches in Clayton. We would spend many hours listening to his time growing up here in Clayton and all his stories. He will be missed by all who knew him. He loved talking to everyone he met. Will keep him in our prayers.
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#1 Dan & Wendi Ward 2018-11-27 19:14
Tempus fugit, Jerry! You’ll always be remembered by the Ward family as our neighbor and our friend. You were the first one to see Andie take her first steps! Find a nice bench in heaven so that you can watch it all go by. You’ll be missed here on Valley Drive.
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