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Myron F. DeFranco, Sr.

June 23, 2019

Myron F. DeFranco Sr.Myron F. DeFranco, Sr., 88, of Watertown passed away at his home Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2019. He was kind, wise, witty and patient. He was adored by his wife, children and grandchildren and brought dancing, laughter and joy to his family.

Myron was born in Tupper Lake on July 3, 1930, eldest son of the late Samuel and Florence V. Barrett DeFranco. The family moved to Watertown and he graduated from Watertown High School in January 1948. He served in the US Army for a short time during the Korean War. He then attended Tri-State University in Angola, IN earning a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. Myron was a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York.

On July 23, 1957 he married the love of his life, Mary I. Harnett, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh. They spent their 59 years of marriage blissfully enjoying each other's company and raising six happy, well-loved children. When Mary became ill, Myron dedicated his life to caring for her every need. She passed away on November 3, 2016.

Myron retired in 1991 as the Resident Engineer of St. Lawrence County for the N.Y.S.D.O.T., after serving the state for over 37 years. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of American Legion Post 61. He enjoyed boating, fishing and the outdoors and was a jack-of-all-trades. In 1977, he built the DeFranco family cottage on Cranberry Lake with the help of his eldest son Bennett. The family spent summers enjoying the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. His greatest joy in life was spending time with family.

He is survived by his five children and their spouses, Bennett and Laura Gardiner, Windsor, NY, Samuel and Dawn DeFranco, Katy, TX, Leslie and Derek Knott, East Syracuse, NY, Myron Jr. and Robin DeFranco, Adams, NY, and Rebecca and Greg Fichtl, Sewickley, PA; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother and his wife, John and Beverly DeFranco, Albuquerque, NM; sister and her husband, Mary Jo and Jack Charlebois, Dexter, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Mary, Myron was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Michelle A. DeFranco, September 10, 1984.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, June 27, from 4 - 7 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 28, at noon at Holy Family Church with Fr. Vincent T. Freeh, MSC presiding, followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Michelle A. DeFranco Memorial Nursing Scholarship, c/o J. C. C., 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#12 Emma Berry 2019-07-14 16:46
Becca, I received your sweet card, and the sad notification of your Dads passing. Our deepest condolences to you, and all of your family members. I know it is hard to lose those we love, but we find joy in the reunion on the other side. We just lost one of our family members on the 30 of May my younger brother Jay D. he had just turned 63 in March. he had C.O.P.D and suffered the last 3 yrs, so we find comfort in knowing he is free from it and with those who passed before us. WE are so glad we had the opportunity to reach out to your Dad and bring him peace before his passing. I shall forever cherish his letter to me as well as your beautiful card. I pray for you and your family that the spirit of comfort will be with you all until your sweet meeting on the other side. God bless and keep you all is my prayer. Emma J. Berry, and the whole Knowlden Family
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#11 Mike carroll 2019-06-29 13:57
Growing up next door to the Defranco Family, Mike and Mary were like second parents to me. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family at this difficult time. Find peace in all of the wonderful memories you have all had together through the years.
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#10 Danny Harnett 2019-06-28 07:58
From all of the Harnett family in Texas, our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We all have great memories of visiting Uncle Mike and Aunt Mary the precious few times we passed through Watertown and Altona on our way to my Dad's next Air Force assignment. I am so glad we got to spend time with him and everyone at the reunion a few years ago. It meant so much to us. Rest in peace Uncle MIke.
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#9 Kathy Morrison 2019-06-26 09:50
My deepest condolences to Ben and the entire family, Although I didn't personally know your Dad or your Mom, I can tell they were both wonderful people. My heart goes out to everyone personally feeling his loss. I can tell he touched many lives with his 88 years. RIP Mr. DeFranco and I'm happy you are finally back in the arms of your loving wife.
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#8 Dave Heasley 2019-06-25 14:42
I will miss Mikes calm & happy demeanor. He had the capability to genuinely make acquaintances and colleagues feel the warmth of his friendship. He was a a great asset at DOT and represented the department well. He will be sorely missed at the retiree luncheons. We all looked forward to his presence. I have known Mike for about 60 years. What a great guy!
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#7 John Cook 2019-06-25 10:07
Very sad to hear of Mike’s passing.Sincere condolences to Mike’s family. A flood of fond memories of both Mike and Mary came to mind upon hearing the news. Mike was a great Engineer, collaborator and possessed an ability to continually advance and improve both his professional and personal life. His quick whit and one liners are forever in my memory. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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#6 John DAlessandro 2019-06-25 08:12
My condolences to the entire Defranco family. May he
Rest In Peace.
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#5 Susan Ryan Schenck 2019-06-25 01:40
Such happy memories of both your Mom and Dad and the many summer time visits at the lake in Chateaugay. Mr D was one of my favorite friends of my Dad’s from his work. I can still see him and my Dad along with Ken Walton, and sometimes Jack Charlebois sitting at the dinner table laughing and playing cards....Your Mom and my mom keeping the drinks and food and us kids in line. Sweet memories. Love to all.
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#4 dr vandewall 2019-06-24 17:34
I am so sorry for your loss. Myron as well as Mary were longtime patients of fine. Both have left me with fond memories .On occasion I did meet other family members and I did observe a very close and loving family.
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#3 John McElroy 2019-06-24 17:24
My deepest condolences, the family and the entire north country lost a great man. Working with Mike was an honor and a pleasure, the memories of Mary and Mike at camp having coffee will never be forgotten. Prayers and best wishes to the entire family.
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