April 4, 2015
Timothy F. Dartnell, 68, Riverside Dr., Clayton passed away Saturday morning, April 4, 2015, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Friday, April 10, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church at 10AM on Saturday, April 11, with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding.
Tim was born in Watertown on February 9, 1947, the son of Frederick F. and Arloine McAvoy Dartnell. He was a 1965 graduate of Clayton Central School, a 1967 graduate of Jefferson Community College with an associates degree in accounting, and received his BA in Business from Brockport University.
He entered the US Army on October 9, 1967. He received the Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Army Commendation, and Vietnam Service Medals and the Vietnam Campaign with 2 Overseas Bars. His accomplishments included a knowledge of the French language which gave him the opportunity to be an interpreter between the Vietnamese and the American military and was a Sharpshooter with both the M-14 and M-16 rifles. He was honorably discharged on September 27,1970.
On October 1, 1983 Tim married Frances J. Anderson at St Mary's Church.
He had worked for American Boat Lines, and in the 1970's at the Duty Free Store on Wellesley Island and on the NYS Historical Restoration in Sackets Harbor. For 32 years he was employed as a bartender at the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 and was also its Past Commander, Club Steward, a life member and a member of the Color Guard for 30 years.
Tim was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Council 350. He was in golf and bowling leagues and enjoyed all sports, especially NHRA Drag Racing. He collected old movies, dabbled in art and painting and enjoyed Florida trips and roller coaster rides. He also enjoyed any kind of brain and logic puzzle, crossword puzzles, trivia, and Jeopardy.
Besides his wife, Frances, he is survived by his son, Andrew F., Clayton, his daughter and her husband, Corrine F. and Andrew Willis, Watertown; brother and his wife, Thomas F. and Cathy, Lake Havasue, NV; two stepsisters, Sally J. and Francis F. Gray and Beth C. and Gerald G. "Sonny" Marshall, all of Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His stepmother, Melba Churchill Dartnell, died in 2008 and his brother, Terrance F., died in 2013.
Donations in Tim's name may be made to either T. I. E. R. S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com