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Richard F. Emerson

January 16, 2015

Richard F. EmersonRichard F. Emerson, 83, Rome and formerly of Watertown passed away at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse on Friday, January 16, 2015.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, January 23, from 4 - 7PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Watertown on Saturday, January 24, at 10AM with Rev. Jonas Tandayn, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery.

Mr. Emerson was born in the town of Brownville on February 2, 1931, son of Fred and Edith Klock Emerson and he graduated from Dexter High School. After high school he entered the US Army in 1952 and served during the Korea War.

On August 4, 1957 he married Eloise L. Castagnier at Our Lady of the sacred Heart Church with rev. Benoit Dostie presiding. Mrs. Emerson died December 14, 2012.

He was a self-employed mechanic until becoming parts manager for Garland City Auto Parts in Watertown and Lowville. He left there and was a supervisor for NY Airbrake. Richard returned to Garland City. In 1999 the couple moved to Rome and he delivered auto parts for NAPA.

He was a communicant of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rome and a former member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown. Richard was a Past Commander of the Smith Savage American Legion Post 583, Dexter and he was also a member of the American Legion in Lee. His enjoyments included traveling, golfing, and hunting.

He is survived by his son and his wife, Mark R. and Karen Emerson, Watertown; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jacqueline E. and Timi Gamble, Rome, Amy J. and Riley Blakley, Johnstown, and Sarah I. Eastup, Rome; nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Eloise, Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa M. French, October 5, 2008, his grandson, David French, and his sister and her husband, Carol and Kilroy Youngs.

Donations in his name may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#5 Ginny Timmerman 2015-01-24 00:56
So sorry for your loss. Will keep you and your families in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
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#4 Michele Stratton 2015-01-22 22:39
I worked with Dick at the NAPA store in Rome, and I am so sorry for your loss. We always had a good time joking around, and your dad would work circles around all the young guys. Rest in peace sweet man.
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#3 Kathy Keegan Cumming 2015-01-21 18:37
Although I only met Dick a few times when I went to Garland City with my father, I wanted you to know that I recognized his name immediately. I am so sorry for you loss.
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#2 Donna Krupcale 2015-01-20 11:34
Mark, Jackie, Amy, and Sarah..I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

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#1 John Krupcale 2015-01-19 16:59
Our deepest sympathy to Mark, Jackie, Amy, Sarah and families. Fond memories of Uncle Dick since I was 10 years old. He was always willing to help anyone and will be dearly missed in our family.

John and Dawn
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