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Gerald A. Bearup

May 31st, 2023

Gerald A BearupGerald A. Bearup, 73, of Clayton, passed away May 31st, 2023 at Samaritan Summit Village where he had been a resident since 2020.

Gerald was born at Mercy Hospital in Watertown in 1949 to Melvin Henry Bearup Sr. and Teresa Jane Bogenschutz. He was educated at Clayton Central School. 

He married Sherry Pickett on April 24, 1971 at St. Mary’s Church in Clayton. He was the owner/operator of Bearup Construction until his retirement.

Gerald is survived by his two children, Jay Bearup (Andrea Cahalan), Clayton; Jerrie-Lynn (Jon) Emerton, Watertown; a sister Ellen Stiefel (Gordon), Clayton; granddaughters, Isabelle and Sophia Emerton, Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Sherry Bearup; two brothers Melvin and Francis Bearup.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed long talks with his friends in his workshop, working outdoors, gardening, and the River. His grandchildren were the light of his life in his later years and he cherished every moment he could watching them grow.

Arrangements with Cummings Funeral Service are private and will be held at the convenience of his family. Online condolences to Gerald's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Thousand Islands Land Trust, P.O. Box 238, Clayton, NY 13624.


#3 P.Thomas Sanford 2023-06-04 20:22
A sad loss of a long time friend Gerald. Many good memories at the family home, farm, from back in the 60's, with all the boys. Our thoughts and prayers to Ellen and family. Tom and Chris
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#2 Russ Waterson 2023-06-03 12:45
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jay and the entire family. Gerald was a great and honorable man.
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#1 Sylvia Genter 2023-06-02 16:17
My Condolences to Ellen and family
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time for all the family
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