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William L. Monteith, Jr.

February 18, 2015

william-j-monteithWilliam L. Monteith, Jr., 80, High St., Clayton passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, February 22, from 2 - 5PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church on Monday, February 23, at 11am with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial with military honors will be in the spring at St. Mary's Cemetery at a time and date to be announced. Bill was born in Olean, NY on June 16, 1934, son of William L. "Larry" Monteith Sr..and Almeda LaLonde Monteith. The family moved to the Clayton area and he graduated from Clayton Central School in 1953.

On September 9, 1953 he enlisted in the US Navy. Bill did basic training at Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago, IL and went to submarine school in New London, CT. He did several tours of the Mediterranean primarily aboard the USS Dogfish, as a ship electrician. He received the Good Conduct and National Defense Service Medals and was honorably discharged from active duty on September 6, 1957. He then participated in the U.S. Naval reserves from 1957 until his retirement in 1987. He was inducted into the Holland Club and was a member of the Submarine Veterans of America. From 1959 until his retirement in 1995 he worked for the N.Y. State department of Transportation retiring as a resident Civil Engineer.

Bill married MaryAnn Nardi on May 19, 1956 at St. Mary's Church with Rev. George E. Racette officiating.

He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a 3rd degree Knights of Columbus Council 350 member. He was a member and past Commander of the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821, Clayton and a member of VFW Post 1400 and Elks Lodge 496, both in Watertown. Bill enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, especially duck and pheasant, and snowmobiling. But especially loved being on the river and on Grindstone island at Thurso bay with friends enjoying a St. Lawrence shore dinner.

Besides his wife, MaryAnn, he is survived by his three children, William J. Monteith and wife, Kim, Sims, NC, Lorraine "Laurie" Monteith and companion, Jack Reff, LaFargeville, and Rosanne L. Monteith and companion, Kelly Bragger, Watertown; granddaughter, Ashlie Monteith, Raleigh, NC; brother, Robert G. Monteith, NC; sister, Betty Jane Varno, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations in his name may be made to either St. Mary’s Church, 521 James St. or the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821, 518 Riverside Dr., both in Clayton, NY 13624.


#35 Paul K. Reid, Jr. 2015-03-02 18:25
My Dad, EMC Pappy Reid, let me go on board the Dogfish several times while Bill was serving on her. I don't recall Bill by name but the whole crew was like a family and many came to our house for a beer & hamburger. Serving under harsh conditions these men made the Submarine Service what it is today. I know Bill will find a welcome in Heaven.
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#34 stephen sivonda 2015-02-23 22:31
As I went into the Navy in 1962, I followed a similar path as Bill. May he fly with the Angels.
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#33 Michael Bunce 2015-02-22 18:02
I had the pleasure of serving as Bill's shipmate in the USS Dogfish Electrician's gang back in the day. My deepest sympathy to his family. Sailor, rest your oar.
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#32 Bob Reinisch 2015-02-22 18:00
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (On USSVI), we offer our sincere condolences to Mary Ann and all of the Monteith family and friends in your loss and sorrow. May God whisper peace into your hearts and comfort and heal them. We are grateful for William service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our “Brother of the Dolphin” … "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country." -- Chaplain Bob Reinisch, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.
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#31 Dianne/Chuck Mosher 2015-02-22 14:53
Dear Laurie and family--So sorry for your loss--our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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#30 Harry M. McAfee 2015-02-22 12:45
Bill was my shipmate on USS Dogfish. Submariiners share a brotherhood that lasts a lifetime. I wish Bill only fair weateher and calm seas as he continues his jourhey. Sailor, brother, rest your oars.
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#29 Pat Ulmen 2015-02-22 10:49
Bill, my brother Dick had you take me and my wife for a boat ride many years ago and low and behold we had a common friend Jack Ensminger. He often talked about the Dog fish. I often asked your 100 Islander Base members about your health and passed it on to Jack. Bill, you served your country well, I wish you fair winds and a following sea. Respectfully, Pat Ulmen S/T NY Base.
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#28 Tom Murphy 2015-02-21 17:39
Bill and Kim, so sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. May God bless you and your family.
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#27 cheryl laquay 2015-02-21 10:02
sorry for your loss may GOD be with you
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#26 Betty Ann Rusho 2015-02-21 09:54
My deepest sympathy to Bill's family He was a wonderful man and a sincere Legionare.Condo lences to All The Family Betty Rusho
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