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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.

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