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Timothy F. Dartnell

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


#26 Kay TurcotteOsadchey 2015-04-14 16:20
Dear Fran, I am so sorry tI just heard of your loss. Tim was such a good friend during our childhood and school years! Growing up next door to each other we certainly had our share of childhood shananigans; but Tim was always someone we could depend on and trust. So many good memories - you and your family are in my prayers.
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#25 Morris & Trudy Felt 2015-04-12 14:10
Fran, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
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#24 Misty Partridge 2015-04-11 03:54
Fran I am so sorry to hear about Tim's passing. I have many fond memories of him . My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids at this time of grief.
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#23 Cathy & Walt Perry 2015-04-08 11:25
Fran & Family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in the passing of Tim. He was always fun to be around in school,especial ly St. Marys. He will be missed..
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#22 Mike Maser 2015-04-07 21:26
Fran, please accept my deepest sympathies. I heard of Tim's passing from my sister, Maureen, and I was saddened to hear he's no longer with us. He was a true and good friend, and was always there to help when you needed it. I don't get back home much anymore, but my trips back won't be the same, knowing he won't be around to share an old story, or a laugh. God bless him, and may he rest in peace.
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#21 Bill Breitenbuecher 2015-04-07 19:29
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
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#20 Charlie Stage 2015-04-07 10:19
In your time of grief at Tim's passing, I pray that the Lord will give your family the comfort and peace you so deserve.
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#19 Marilyn Cook 2015-04-07 08:23
Fran - I am so sorry to learn of Tim's passing. He will be missed by so many, including me. I have very warm memories of him as I know your family does, too. Those memories will be with us forever.
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#18 Lou & Rose Montante 2015-04-07 07:17
Our heart felt sympathy to Fran and family. Our fondest memories of Tim was his cordial service to us at the Legion.
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#17 Judy Wrape Payne 2015-04-06 19:13
So sorry to hear of another classmates death. To you, Fran and all your family, my sincere condolences.
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