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Clarence A. "Jay" Giltz, Jr.

July 21, 2023

Clarence A Giltz JrClarence A. "Jay" Giltz, Jr., 75, of Venice, FL and summer resident of the Thousand Islands, NY passed away Friday morning, July 21, 2023, in Fisher's Landing.

Jay was born in Sausalito, CA January 17, 1948, son of Retired Major Clarence A. Giltz, Sr. and Harriet P. Weller Giltz. He graduated from high school in Dayton, OH.

On December 27, 1966 he entered the US Air Force. He received several medals and awards including the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Longevity Award, and Good Conduct Medal. Jay was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on June 7, 1974. He loved to tell his children and grandchildren he was a "Hawaiian war hero".

While serving his country, he met Marsha E. LaSalle, They were married on September 6, 1969 at Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton, NY.

After the Air Force, he was the owner of Jay Giltz, LTD. He retired from Eagle Crusher Co., Galion, OH as a sales professional, working for the company for 28 years. He was a past member of the National Demolition Association. He was also a member of the Construction Demolition and Recycling Association, where he was awarded a place in their Hall of Fame in 2019 which honors prominent leaders and pioneers in the Demolition Recycling Industry.

Jay was a Rotarian for many years and very active in the Nashua, NH chapter. He enjoyed anything that had to do with water, boating being his favorite. He played golf, skied on water and snow, and enjoyed traveling.

Loved and admired by those that knew him, along with his wife, Marsha, Jay is survived by his daughter, Kris T. Frank and husband Loren, of Merrimack, NH; son, Shawn M. Giltz and wife Lori, of Nashua, NH; three grandchildren, Andrew and Madison Frank and Logan Giltz; brother, Gary Giltz and husband Jerry Williams, of St. Petersburg, FL; sister Suellyn Giltz and significant other Gary Gouse, of Mechanicsburg, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There are no services at this time. The family will hold a celebration of Jay's life at a future date. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton, NY, and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jay's name may be made to Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) online @ https://www.tirescue.org/donate-now or by mail: P.O. Box 524 Clayton, NY 13624.


#24 Marsha Giltz 2023-08-20 14:57
My family & I would like to thank all who posted on the Cummins website after Jay’s passing. Loved seeing the stories and how Jay impacted the lives of the people that he met over the years - relatives, friends & in business. We will miss him every day. He was a force to be reckoned with. Your comments have made us smile. We would have celebrated being married for 54 years in September.

Thank you all again from our family - Wife Marsha, Daughter and family Kris, Loren, Maddy & Drew Frank and Son & family Shawn, Lori & Logan Giltz
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#23 Robyn Beal 2023-08-14 16:42
Jay, I can picture you now boating with your Maui Jims, cocoa butter, and the pink panther ring tone going off. I had the pleasure of working with you for over 20 years! The stories you had I will never forget! The Christmas after parties at your house in Mansfield were always a good time! I was sad to hear of your passing. Marsha hugs to you and praying for you and your family during this time!
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#22 Sean Crotty 2023-08-08 09:19
Dear Jammo,
I know I’ve said these things to you in person; however, I’m not sure I ever put any of it down in writing, so here goes.

You greeted me into the “Crusher World” - like a member of your own family from the very instant we met. That feeling of inclusion never changed. You were a mentor, a confident, a positive “crusher coach”, THE BEST traveling companion, and a great friend.
One moment I’ll never forget:
Stoping a man in mid sentence who was telling us he had spent the day fishing for Steelhead in the Yakima river and his net coming up empty. You told him you had the answer: Take one of our Eagle crushers and hang the magnet over the river and as the fish swam by it would pull them out of the water due to their heads made of steel and the plated belt running over the magnet would toss them into a big basket on the shore.
He looked at you with his mouth dropped - Until we all started laughing. I never stopped laughing!
Godspeed Jay Giltz!
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#21 Nissa Harte 2023-07-30 18:55
Jay will be forever missed. He was a great guy. He was always there with a good laugh, a great story and was always up for a good time. We had some amazing times out on the boat over the years with Jay and Marsha. We will miss you Jay. All our love to the whole family.
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#20 Thimas Longe 2023-07-30 16:43
There was no better person in the world! Jay loved life, his friends but mostly his family. Jamo will be missed as well as his after cocktail hour phone calls.
We look forward to seeing you again for a heavenly cocktail!
Love you always
Tom and Laurie
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#19 Ryan Kostukovich 2023-07-29 10:58
I was saddened to learn of the passing of my Uncle Jay. I have fond memories of the cottage and my uncle's boat. Going to Potter's Beach, tubing, and summers at the cottage. My Uncle Jay was a good man who always had something fun to do. My kids were able to enjoy Uncle Jay before he passed. We will miss you Uncle Jay! Ryan, Carol, Moi, and Eva
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#18 Karen & Bryan Rice 2023-07-27 19:46
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with the Giltz family. We are always here and with much love to you all, Love, Bryan, Karen, Zack and Corey Rice
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#17 Gary Gouse 2023-07-27 13:00
I am saddened to hear of Jay’s sudden passing. I first met Jay when I was 16 years old (now 61) . He was always fun and engaging. I visited his Florida home and the cottage many times. Jay was a gracious host and always made you feel welcomed and relevant. I always enjoyed watching him interact with kids - all kids. Jay loved kids.
Jay was a great skipper, good tennis player , dedicated salesman ( bs ers) but most of all an outstanding family man.

My deepest condolences to Marsha, Kris and Shawn
Jay will be missed.

Gary Gouse
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#16 Dan Harte 2023-07-27 06:52
I am saddened to hear of Jay’s passing. I have known Jay for over 15 years and to say he was a good person would be an understatement. Jay was a man of strong values and always put his family first. Jay had the ability to meet someone and within 5 minutes he made them feel like they had known each other for years. I will always remember the times we spent together laughing and sharing stories. The world has lost a great man but has gained an angel that will continue to watch over his family. Rest in peace my friend
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#15 Jason Goumas 2023-07-26 20:08
Where to begin? I have so many fond memories of “uncle Jay” and all the times spent with you all making those memories I will cherish forever. His laugh and personality definitely lit up the room, and that will be missed for sure. The game of golf just got more interesting up in Heaven for sure!
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