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John R. Cascanette

December 7, 2020

John R. CascanetteJohn R. Cascanette, 90, passed away at his home in Dexter on Monday, December 7, 2020.

John was born in Ft. Covington on April 4, 1930, son of Antoine and Ida Mae (Bodway) Cascanette. He attended Watertown schools, Canton ATC, and the FBI Academy at Quantico.

On July 25, 1952 he entered the US Army. He served in the Korean Conflict and received the Good Conduct, National Defense Service, and Korean Service Medals. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 24, 1958.

On July 12, 1953 John married Sally A. Washburn at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Benoit Dostie officiating.

While he was serving his country, the couple lived in Texas before returning to Watertown. For 27 years he was a Watertown Police Officer, serving as Chief, and retired in 1987. John also worked on Ft. Drum in law enforcement in a civilian capacity. The couple moved to Clayton from 1971 to 1986 and then returned to Watertown. In 2004 they moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and returned to the Watertown and Sackets Harbor area in 2016.

John was a former member of the Clayton Lions Club and Kang Duk Wan. He enjoyed golfing, painting, and sitting in the sun at the lake having a smoke. He was of the Catholic faith.

Along with his wife, Sally, John is survived by his son and his wife, John M. and Mary Cascanette, Richmond, VA; daughter and her husband, Jodi L. and Thomas D. Mulligan, Dexter; five grandchildren, Thomas J., Michael A., and Robert K. Mulligan and Tamara and Natasha Cascanette; three step grandchildren, Jonathan and Maggie Pascoe and Tiffany Haas; three step great-grandchildren, Hailey Post and Anne and Stokley Haas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was predeceased by his two brothers, Ernest and Francis Castangnier, and five sisters, Eva M. Shannon, Agnes I. Jones, Ruby Mainville, Eloise L. Emerson, and Albena Krupcale.

His family will receive friends at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Saturday, December 12, from 1 - 2 PM with masks and social distancing required for entry. The funeral service and burial will be private. Online condolences to John's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Credo Foundation, 595 W. Main St., Watertown, NY 13601. In memo portion of check write: In memory of Travis Rogers, RRSY.


#10 Jim & Nancy Flanders 2020-12-10 17:10
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
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#9 Eve Chatland 2020-12-10 14:01
Dearest Aunt Sally and family, we are so sorry to hear of Uncle Jacks passing, He was a great man. I’m sorry it’s been a long time since we have seen you all. But know you are all in our prayers, mom also sends her condolences.. Yvonne Gorrow,
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#8 Pamela Rima Brown 2020-12-10 12:48
Dear Cascanette Family & Mulligan Family,
Julia Rima Recor and I are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Sent with prayers.
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#7 Lou Montante 2020-12-10 07:43
Sorry to hear of John's passing. My deepest condolences.
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#6 Cathy Castagnier 2020-12-09 17:59
Aunt Sally and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with you at Myrtle Beach and here. Family and friends will help you through this. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
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#5 Linda LaLonde 2020-12-09 16:33
Sally,John,Jodi and all your families, I am sorry for your loss, I hope all the great memories you have will help you through the tomorrows. Love Linda
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#4 Dale &Marianne Scott 2020-12-09 13:07
Our condolences go out to John's family. He was a great Chief of Police. I am proud to have served with him. May he rest in peace.
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#3 Robert L Goodwin 2020-12-09 12:19
A good man and great cop, it was a pleasure and privilege to have worked under him. May you rest in peace my brother in blue.
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#2 Don Pastor 2020-12-09 09:56
It was an honor to work with Jack for all those years. A true cop's cop. My sincere condolences to you all.
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#1 Scott amd Mel Smith 2020-12-09 08:25
Jodi, Tom and son's, our deepest condolences to you, your family and friends of John.
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