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Archie V. Laverty

April 4, 2016

Archie V. LavertyArchie V. Laverty, 83, Michigan Ave., Watertown passed away Monday afternoon, April 4, 2016 at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, April 15, from 4 - 7PM. The celebration of the funeral mass will be Saturday, April 16, at 10AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Watertown with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, pastor, presiding and burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

Arch was born in Watertown on July 4, 1932, son of Archie and Ruth O'Reilly Laverty. Many people remember his father as one of the first pilots in the Watertown area. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1950, then attended the St. Lawrence College Center in Watertown and Cornell University. In later years he took several classes at Jefferson Community College.

On February 12, 1955 he married Roseanne Slack at St. Patrick's Church, Watertown with Rev. Frederick P. Diviney officiating. He was first hired to work in the Central Laboratory of the old St. Regis Paper Co. in October 1954 and continued with the succeeding companies. Archie retired from Champion International in 1990 as Technical Director.

Arch was proud to be an early and continuing participant in Credo, Watertown Urban Mission and the Celebration Singers with whom he played guitar. He also served on the Community Service Board, the Board of Directors of Jefferson County Public Health and was an active volunteer at Samaritan Medical Center.

After surviving his first cardiac arrest and heart by-pass surgery, his enthusiasm for the benefits he experienced at the Samaritan Medical Center Cardiac Rehab program inspired him to help create the Heart Reach Program. The Program visits recovered heart patients and encourages newly diagnosed cardiac sufferers.

A life-long ardent Brooklyn Dodgers fan, he never really accepted their transfer to Los Angeles. He grudgingly transferred his allegiance to the New York Mets. He was also a fan of the NFL's NY Giants and NHL's NY Rangers. Arch was an avid golfer but especially loved thoroughbred horse racing and delighted in an annual trip to the Saratoga Race Track with Rosie and dearest friends.

Along with his wife, Rosie, Arch is survived by his three children and their spouses, Melinda A. and Patrick M. McNamara, Ogdensburg, Amy C. and William R. O'Connor, Watertown, and Stephen D. and Nancy D. Laverty, Watertown; ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three nieces. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin M. Laverty, January 18, 1996; his daughter, Carrie R. Endres, September 13, 1998; son-in-law, Robert J. "Little B" Endres, December 5, 2011; granddaughter, Christina L. O'Connor, March 1, 2011; sister, Sallie A. Webster, January 28, 2015; and nephew, David C. Slack, February 6, 2014.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in Arch's name might consider Credo, 595 W Main St., Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St., or Northern NY Community Foundation, Inc., 120 Washington St., Suite 400, all in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#15 Jim Catalina 2016-04-15 14:54
Steve, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Although it's been too long since I last saw him, I will never forget his kindness to "us" neighborhood kids growing up. I always enjoyed going to your house, and interacting with your parents. Always made me feel at home. Please pass along my condolences to your mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Jim
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#14 Michelle Kavanagh 2016-04-14 09:14
We were very sorry to hear of Mr. Laverty's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences. I have many great memories as a child spending time at your home with Carrie through the years. Mr. Laverty always had a smile for me and was very warm and loving to me.

God bless you all

Michelle Bearup Kavanagh
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#13 Joann Hodges 2016-04-08 12:30
Rosie my heart aches for you and your family. I am so
Sorry to hear of archies passing. If you ever need to talk or need anything please let me know.
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#12 Joe Hurd 2016-04-08 12:20
Arch was an absolutely terrific guy and was a big help to me at the start of my career. People don't come any classier. My condolences to the family.
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#11 Patty Thomas 2016-04-08 10:25
Although I am not sure I ever met you or Archie, my mom, Connie Morehouse Cassidy always spoke of you so wonderful. My condolences...
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#10 James C. Brett 2016-04-07 21:57
Saddened to learn about Archie. He and Roseanne are in my prayers.
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#9 Linda Aubertine 2016-04-07 18:31
Dear Rosie, My sincere condolences on the loss of your lovely husband.He was such a nice person. Walt and treasured the times we spent with both of you and the Celebration Singers May.God bless you with His Grace.
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#8 Joan Grappotte Carlo 2016-04-07 18:09
Archie was such a wonderful person and a true friend to so many. Holding on to all the great memories.
Hugs, prayers and peace to the Laverty family during this difficult time.
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#7 Craig & Dar Jennings 2016-04-07 13:43
Steve and the family,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad.Our prayers are with you and the entire family.
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#6 Dick & Donna Sawyer 2016-04-07 13:35
Steve and Nancy and the Laverty family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
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