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Joseph J. Turcotte

May 2, 2016

Joseph J. TurcotteJoseph John Turcotte, 51, died Monday, May 2, surrounded by the love of his family following a long struggle with cancer.

The memorial service celebrating his life will be at 11AM on Saturday, May 7, at the Frink Park Pavilion, Riverside Dr., Clayton. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, 612 W. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Joe was born in Watertown on September 30, 1964, the fourth of Joseph and Suzanne Turcotte's six children. He is preceded in death by both his parents and a sister, Jennifer, who died in infancy.

He graduated from Alexandria Bay High School in 1983. And went on to earn an Associates degree in Math and Science from Jefferson Community College and a Bachelors in Science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Joe began his career in government in Orange County California. Eventually, working for transit systems in both Savannah, Georgia and Charlotte, NC. In 2005, he was named General Manager of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit in Ithaca, NY. In 2011, under his leadership, TCAT was named the best transit system of its size by the Washington DC - based American Public Transportation Association. He was known by his colleagues for his steady guidance, sense of humor and fun and fairness.

Joe was a lifelong hockey fan, having started playing when he was 4. He never gave up on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But his true love was his family. He married his high school best friend Lynda Natali and together they traveled and built a life. In 2004, his beloved son Joseph "Mac" Turcotte was born and he devoted himself to being a father. He also loved his hometown of Clayton. And needed nothing more then spending a day with them on the beautiful St. Lawrence River.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda M. Natali, Skaneateles; son, Joseph "Mac" Turcotte, Skaneateles; three sisters, Julie E. and husband, Dr. Todd S. Koch, VA, Sarah S. O'Day, CA and Beth A. and husband, Craig F. McGraw, Cape Vincent; brother, Andrew I. and wife, Melinda, N. Syracuse; one aunt, one uncle, several nieces and nephews and their families and cousins.

Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.



#25 Laura Brown 2016-05-20 21:24
To a loving family who alway made me feel like family, my deepest heartfelt condolences to you all! I share you sorrow! I can't put into all the works of the meaning of "I am deeply sorry for your loss"
My deepest love to you All!
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#24 Susan Farmer Knight 2016-05-17 23:48
To all:
Your beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many has left us certainly too soon, but his suffering and incredible pain has ceased and he is at peace. Joey was my age, and he was a deep thinker, outstanding leader, compassionate man with a dry wit. A loving father and devoted husband he strongly desired to return home to enjoy his native Clayton.Even at the pinnacle of his successful career, he yearned to return to Clayton to enjoy the River and the camp on Grindstone Island with Lynda and Mac. I was not able to attend the celebration of his life, but I'm sure it was a fitting tribute to a North Country native who had so much to give back to the region he so loved. My heart is broken for all the Turcottes and his extended family. May all of you take comfort in that he is now truly "home" with his beloved parents, Joe and Suzanne, who served the region well and raised a loving family.
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#23 Tina Kenney Gushlaw 2016-05-11 05:10
I am sorry to hear about Joe. I remember Joe from school he was always a nice guy. My condolences to you and your family I will keep you all in my prayers. Tina
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#22 Karen Veverka 2016-05-10 19:29
Our deepest sympathy to Mac, Lynda and the rest of Joe's family. We were saddened to learn of Joe's death. Our sincere wishes for strength and comfort in this difficult time.
Judith Hershberger
Karen Veverka
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#21 Barbara LaClair Owens 2016-05-07 16:51
: Sending hugs to Julie, Sarah, and Beth as they endure the loss of their brother Joe. My thoughts are with you. God Bless You All.
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#20 Donna Williams 2016-05-07 16:23
To the Turcotte family,
Thinking of you during this sad time. Joe surely had the attributes of a Turcotte. I was unable to attend his memorial as I am out of town but think there could be no better way to honor him than at Frink Park along the banks of the St. Lawrence River...may you find strength in his memory & the love you shared. Donna, Claude, & Amanda Williams
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#19 Kelly Schnauber 2016-05-07 15:05
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Joe was a sweet family man with a great sense of humor! My love and prayers go to you all. My heart aches for you Lynda and Mac. Memories of Joe are all wonderful. Please know that your community supports you. Love you.
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#18 Mary Lee Burmaster 2016-05-07 14:02
Today, Duke and I attended Joe's Memorial Service celebrating his life. It was a beautiful and loving Tribute to Joe by his Family along the St Lawrence River in Clayton. His death was truly untimely at such a young age, but he knew the love of his family, wife, son, and the many friends he had. Our sincerest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go to all who loved him.
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#17 Mike and Lisa Hall 2016-05-07 11:48
Andy, Melinda and family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Mike, Lisa, Justin and Jillian
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#16 Stephen Turcotte 2016-05-07 09:23
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe was a wonderful guy. I remember when dad, Bill, and I last saw him. It was at the antique boat museum. We had been invited by the mayor, Norma Zimmerman to talk with the men who were restoring the wild goose as both dad and Bill used to drive it. Joey was riding hi bike by as we were leaving and we had a wonderful visit talking about gramp and all the family. It was so special. My sincere prayers are with you all. Love. Steve and family.
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