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Eleanor Dacey Percy

April 12, 2019

Eleanor Dacey Percy passed away on April 12, 2019. She was born in Endicott, NY on March 30, 1933, daughter of Robert F. and Frances R. Dacey. She was the first born of four children including Major General US Army Robert F. Dacey (deceased), Mary D. Malara (deceased), and Colonel US Army (Ret.) Richard P. Dacey and wife Peggy (Mason Neck, Virginia). She graduated from Holy Family School and Immaculate Heart Academy, going on to complete both Bachelor and Master degrees in Education at SUNY-Potsdam.

She was married to the late Harold S. Percy Jr. in 1952 at Sacred Heart Church in Massena, NY. She is survived by five children, Stephen L. Percy (Portland, OR), Scott M. Percy and wife Mary Ellen Smith (Oakland, CA), Martha L. Percy-Meade and husband James Meade (Phoenix, NY), Gary D. Percy and wife Wen-Ying Chen (San Ramon, CA), and Katherine A. Percy (Oakland, CA), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, a brother, nephews and nieces.

Eleanor was dedicated to education and learning, devoting 14 years to teaching at St. Patrick’s School, followed by 25 years at Immaculate Heart Central High School where she served as Chair of the English Department. She was also active for many years as an officer of the family’s retail business, Smith & Percy, Inc., located in downtown Watertown, and later as a partner in Percy Antiques. Gardening was a great passion for her, as well as traveling, cooking, and reading.

She has been a lifelong member of Holy Family Church. Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Wednesday, April 17, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Thursday, April 18, at 11 am with Fr. Steven Murray presiding followed by burial in Brookside Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers those who wish to make donations consider the Scholarship Fund at Immaculate Heart Central High School, 1361 Ives Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Eleanor's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#10 Jackie MorgiaDerrigo 2019-04-16 18:40
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this sad time. I was so blest to have had the fortunate experience of having Mrs. Percy as my teacher at St. Patrick's and also to have taught with her at IHC. Knowing her has been one of the true great experiences of my life. She was such an elegant and graceful woman...an incredible role model for all of us.
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#9 Maureen Doohan 2019-04-16 18:39
Mrs. Percy was, hands down, the only teacher I ever had who I felt truly cared about me. She was one of my only cheerleaders at St. Patrick’s and I was so happy to see her at IHC when I arrived there. I never really appreciated the green lift and it’s symbolism in The Great Gatsby, but I clearly remember discussing it in her class. She inspired me to go into forensics and become a confident, eloquent speaker which led to me becoming a teacher myself.
When people talk of that one teacher who really touched them and changed their life, mine was Mrs. Percy. She will be dearly missed.
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#8 Deanna Hagan 2019-04-16 16:31
It was a privilege to teach with Eleanor at Immaculate Heart Central. She inspired the faculty to work for excellence, dedication and compassion with their students; moreover, she was a dear friend whom I will miss greatly. May she shine in perpetual light.
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#7 Clare Mooney Carroll 2019-04-16 09:21
I went to school at Holy Family and Immaculate Heart Academy with Eleanor. She was a good friend. Please accept my condolences to all her family and we will keep her and her family in our prayers.
Clare Mooney Carroll
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#6 Catherine Opladen 2019-04-15 18:00
Eleanor welcomed me to the IHC staff and inspired me to be a better teacher each day. She was brilliant and elegant. I admired her so much and still refer back to all she shared with me about life, books, and education. She has left an incredible legacy. When I light my candle tonight, I will hold her in my prayers.
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#5 Lauren Kuan Shipley 2019-04-15 16:22
She was one of the BEST teachers I ever had!!!!! I was lucky enough to have her Junior and Senior years at IHC. She taught me so much. I am so grateful that I was in her class. Lovely person. Condolences to her family. She lives on in her students.
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#4 Francis J Monaco 2019-04-15 11:26
Be Thou At Peace. You were the best English teacher I ever had. Thank You for 39 years of teaching.

Francis J Monaco
IHC ‘91
USMA ‘96
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#3 Brian Shepard 2019-04-15 10:44
I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Percy was the best teacher I have ever had. Her caring, compassion, and the love for what she did were what made her so special. I will always have fond memories of her, and much of what I am as a teacher I learned from her. Rest in peace.
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#2 Maria Mesires 2019-04-15 00:35
My deepest condolences for your loss. Mrs. Percy was one of my favorite teachers at IHC and her dedication to her students was admirable.
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#1 Dianne Rotella 2019-04-14 22:01
Percy family...

My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom, she was one of my favorite English teachers. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort during this time and always.
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