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William J. Cleaver

October 19, 2014

William J. Cleaver, 95, Washington St., Watertown passed away at his home on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, October 23, from 10:30AM - 12:30PM followed by the funeral service at the funeral home at 1PM. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Cleaver was born in Watertown on September 7, 1919, son of John and Ruth Post Cleaver. He graduated from Watertown High School and Watertown School of Commerce.

On December 25, 1942 he married Frances I. Lorello at St. Patrick's Church and she died February 16, 1998.

William was a machinist and shop steward for NY Airbrake, serving the company from 1939 until his retirement in 1981. He was a rep for the Machinist Union for fundraising for the United Way. He attended St. Patrick's Church, was a member of Watertown Elks Lodge #496, and was a founder and coach of Federal Little League. He enjoyed bowling, golf, card playing, fishing, woodworking and was a craftsman.

He is survived by his four sons, William J., Effingham, IL,. Anthony F., Robert J. and wife, Jan, and Maurice S. and wife, Sarah, all of Watertown; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Frances, his brother, John, died before him.

Donations in his name may be made to either Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#8 Frank Coleman 2014-10-29 19:09
Mo, Sarah and the Cleaver Family: We are Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Frank & Isabela Coleman
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#7 Betty Klanke 2014-10-23 21:41
My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the family as you grieve the loss of your loved one. I did not know him well but when I think of him I always smile as I remember how happy he was when he saw his Great Grandson JR. May all your precious Memories help you in the days ahead. He is only a whisper away in the arms of Our Savior.
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#6 Rosalind Morgia 2014-10-22 22:17
To The Cleavers:
During this time of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember his humor when visiting our shop.

John and Rosalind Morgia
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#5 Fred / Hazel Cleaver 2014-10-22 21:28
our prayers and sympathy go out to all the Cleaver family. He will be missed by all who knew him . It is so hard to lose a parent. Your Father is much happier now that he is with your mother. God bless all of you.
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#4 The Remus Family 2014-10-22 18:10
To The Cleaver Family,

My daughter, Amanda (16) had the honor of meeting your Father at the Camp! She enjoyed the fireworks!

Our sincere condolences,and we will miss him being always around!

Brian, Laurel and Amanda
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#3 Michael Del Signore 2014-10-21 13:37
To all the Cleaver family my sadness at the loss of your father and one of the few remaining members of the original Washington/Sher man/Butterfield community. It was quite a time for us all. Bill had a calm way about him and a good sense of humor. Something to remember. He will be missed.
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#2 Sue Steen 2014-10-20 22:00
Tony and Mo and Family,
Sorry for the loss of your Dad. I always liked talking with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#1 Sue Taddonio 2014-10-20 18:30
Bob and family,
just wanted to say sorry for your loss and that thoughts are with all of you.
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