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Lewis J. Badour

May 2, 2020

lewis j badourLewis John Badour, 87, of Clayton passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg.

Lewis was born November 21, 1932 at his grandmother's house on Merrick St., Clayton, son of the late Annette Solar Badour and Arthur L. Badour. He attended Fisher's Landing Primary School, graduated from Clayton High School, and then from Oswego State College with a degree in Education. He served with the US Army in the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, receiving two Korean Service Medals (one with a bronze service star), Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal, two Overseas Bars,the Silver Cross, and the NYS Conspicuous Service Medal.

Lewis married Joyce Garnsey on November 22, 1952 at St. Mary's Church. He and Joyce owned and operated Dan's Cottages since 1953. Joyce passed on June 10, 2007 after 56 years of marriage. He married Sheila Hasner on October 3, 2009 at Depauville Methodist Church.

He taught Small Engine Service at BOCES for 26 years, retiring in 1991. He also worked with his son, Don, at Don's Prop Shop for many years. Lewis also worked at Sears and had his own small engine repair shop for many years.

Lewis was a 60 year member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. He was a charter member of the Fisher's Landing Racing Club and was Northeastern Divisional Champion for Class-A Runabout Boats in 1951. Lewis was High Point Champion in Go-Carts at both Alexandria Bay and Clayton Race Tracks. He was Inspector for the American Power Boat Association as well as Chief Inspector at Can-Am Speedway for 23 years. Racing was his passion!

He was a member of Clayton American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 and Clayton Chamber of Commerce. He was an exempt member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and Clayton Lions Club. Lewis served on the Village Board for 17 years and was Deputy Mayor under several Mayors. He taught the Snowmobile Safety Course for several years and also was a Cub Scout Leader. His favorite hobby was working in his workshop and he made numerous furniture pieces for his family and friends. Lewis enjoyed traveling, Casinos, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila; four loving children and their spouses, Steven and Carol Ann Badour, Donald and Debbie Badour, Susan and Rexal Ellsworth, and Michael and Jean Badour, all of Clayton; son-in-law Leslie Drake, Clayton; six step children, Susan and Michael Cousins, Donald Hasner, Michael Hasner, Douglas and Valerie Hasner, Jacquelyn and Steve Aznoe, and Jamie and John Lettiere; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Guyett, Clayton and Donna and Rick Stevens, Shortsville; sister-in-law Sally Badour Grzesiak; uncle Charles Solar, Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Lewis was predeceased by his daughter Lou Anne Drake, brother Richard Edward Badour, brother-in-law James Guyett, and four great-grandchildren.

Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent will be at his family's convenience. A celebration of his life will take place at a time and date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601, Clayton Fire Department for the Fire Boat, 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624. or Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. and online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#29 Steve andCarol B. 2020-05-19 10:04
Sheila and families, we were sorry to hear of Lewies passing. may your memories bring smiles in this sad time .Hugs
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#28 Donna Burrows Comeno 2020-05-11 08:48
I offer my condolences to the Badour family. May all of the good memories sustain you in your time of sadness and grief. I have known Louie from the time I was a small child and he a young man. His wife Joyce was my sponsor at time of confirmation. They were truly good people. Sincerely, Donna J. Burrows Comenole
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#27 Ted Streets 2020-05-08 13:16
So sorry to hear Lewis has passed away. My very heart felt condolences to Steve Donny, Sue and Mike . He will be truly missed. He was one of the nicest people I have ever known..
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#26 alan & Carol Potter 2020-05-08 11:28
Donnie, our hearts & prayers go out to the whole family. What a sad day for all. Louie will be so missed by a tremendous number of people. Can't imagine what Clayton will be like without him. Godspeed Louie!!
Love, Alan & Carol
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#25 Rose Reff 2020-05-08 11:13
So sorry to hear about Louie's passing. Prayers for all.
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#24 Diane Eckert 2020-05-07 19:18
To the Badour Hasner & Guyette families: our sincere condolences. We always enjoyed our visits with you. Jim, Diane & Johnny
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#23 BERNEL KEMPNEY 2020-05-07 13:56
To the Badour Family, I am sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Badour. I had him as a teacher in BOCES. For Small engine Repair.79'-80'. We got along great !. My Senior year he gave me this basket case of an Echo chainsaw that a student took all apart and left it (a basket case). I put it back together and made all the adjustments. It ran like a top !!! Mr,Badour was so impressed that He brought is personal Echo saw in the class and had me go through it for him. Well that meant a lot to me, having the teacher have me work on his chainsaw !!! rest in Peace Mr. Badour. You will be greatly missed,Bernel G. Kempney
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#22 Peter Dougall 2020-05-07 12:29
Don and family,
We are very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I enjoyed the times I saw him at Oswego speedway. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Peter and Joan Dougall
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#21 DeeDee Streets Fulle 2020-05-07 11:29
So sorry Mike, Suzie, Steve, Don and family for the loss of your Dad. So Sorry Sheila for the loss of your husband. Lewie was a great guy and neighbor to my family. RIP Lewie.

Neil and DeeDee Fuller
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#20 Deb & Den Phillips 2020-05-07 08:42
The Lord has called home a warrior ! He was such a sweet, funny character who was loved deeply and will be sadly missed ! I have no doubt he has a place in heaven. Cheers to Uncle Lewie hope he is celebrating what an awesome job he did in this lifetime! We loved him and wish I could thank him for all
The smiles and the years of
Happiness he has given my Aunt Sheila ! ❤️
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