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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.

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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
MAJ (US ARMY RETIRED)
IHC ‘91
USMAPS ‘92
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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