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Linda Fitchette LaClair

September 14, 2023

Linda Fitchette LaClair, 65, of Port Orange, Florida, and formerly of Clayton, NY,  passed away September 14, 2023 in Watertown with her family and her special dog, Charlie, by her bedside in the care of Hospice. 

Linda was born on May 11,1958 to Gene and Mary Fitchette. Linda enjoyed spending time with her brothers and sisters and sharing stories of their life on the farm, both the good and the bad.  They would share many laughs when recollecting these memories. She would spend a lot of time with family and friends at the Bald Rock Lodge where she would help her mother on wing night and hang out with the Fitchette family. She would especially enjoy New Years Day and Labor Day gatherings. After moving to Florida with her husband, Jeffry,  she made a nice group of friends that she enjoyed spending time with during the winter when they would all come to get away from the winters in New York. She enjoyed arts and crafts. It didn’t matter what job she was doing, Linda always worked hard. It would not be a shock to see her on her roof helping repair shingles or anything else that needed to be done. 

Linda is survived by her husband, Jeff; and her 3 children, Merry Fitchette and her life partner, Joel Thurman, Rensselaer Falls, Thomas (Amy) O’Riley, Watertown, and Jonathan O’Riley, Hendersonville, NC; Three step-children, Jeffry (Anna) LaClair, Tucson, AZ, Jana (Bob) Estes, Tucson, AZ, and Jamie LaClair, LaFargeville; Her 3 grandchildren Mackenzie, Adriana, and Aria, as well as 5 step-grandchildren; Her mother Mary Fitchette, Clayton; Siblings Barbara (Terry) Fox, Clayton, Bonnie (Scott) Lawrence, Clayton, Susie (Joe) Bond, Clayton, Eugene (Donna) Fitchette, Ogdensburg, Kathy Bond, Clayton, and Randy Fitchette, Clayton; Her in-laws Mary (Scott) Segrave, Joe (Debbi) LaClair, John (Phyllis) LaClair, and Jake LaClair; and her beloved dog, Charlie. 

Linda was predeceased by two sisters, Judy Morrow and Jackie Fitchette, and her father, Gene.

Linda was loved by many and will be missed dearly. During her 5 year battle with cancer she displayed a strength and determination that she was going to get every last second out of life.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at the residence of Susie and Joe Bond on House Road in Clayton Sunday, September 24, 2023 beginning at 2:00 pm. All family and friends are welcome to come celebrate Linda’s life.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., or SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.


#12 CARRIE TOWNSEND 2023-09-20 15:44
My sincere condolences to the Fitchette family. I don't think there was ever a time that i did not see Linda smiling or laughing. She most certainly lived life to the fullest!!!

May you rest in peace
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#11 Dennis A Jones 2023-09-16 10:21
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#10 Carol Darou 2023-09-16 08:43
Linda and I were good friends. I married into the family with her cousin Christopher and we were good friends already from high school, and enjoyed great times and yes many laughs together she was so much fun and a sweet, happy,loving person, I will cherish those memories until we met again as Angel's, my prayers of comfort to the family and wish I lived in NY to attend her service. God Bless you all!! Love, Carol
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#9 Micky Burke 2023-09-16 06:37
RIP Linda. Tommy, Merry, and Jon....so sorry for your loss. You have your memories if her to help you through this difficult time. Sending lots if love and hugs to you. Love you!
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#8 Barbara Fitchette 2023-09-15 20:52
Haven’t seen Linda in a long time but want to give our condolences. So sorry thinking of you
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#7 Stephen Jones 2023-09-15 14:35
Mary Jean, Tom and John. Please accept Condolences from your family in Maine.
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#6 Thomas LaClair 2023-09-15 10:03
My condolences to the Fitchette and my cousinly LaClair families. Growing up on LaClair Farms in Clayton Center, it was commonplace that us kids were sharing times with the Fitchette family at their house or our house. If not there, then at the Bald Rock Lodge. May the memories remain. R.I.P. Linda. Respectfully, Tom LaClair, Clayton.
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#5 Barbara Owens 2023-09-15 09:01
Growing up with the Fitchette family I have many fond memories.
Rest in Peace Linda.
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#4 Jessica Pitcher 2023-09-15 07:42
My thoughts And prayers to all,
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#3 Janet Parody 2023-09-15 07:41
I am another Griffin Street neighbor. My condolences to Linda's entire family. Linda's smile was contagious ☺️ Rest in peace and pain-free.
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