July 17, 2016
James J. Bertrand, 83, Evans Mills and formerly of Clayton, passed away Sunday morning, July 17, 2016, at Hospice of Jefferson County.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Wednesday, July 20, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 21, at 10AM at St. Mary's Church, Evans Mills with Rev. Christopher Looby, pastor, presiding and burial will follow in Omar Cemetery.
Jim was born in Watertown on December 23, 1932, son of Harold N. and Ella Cantwell Bertrand. He was a graduate of Clayton Central School, Lemoyne College where he received his B. S., from Syracuse University where he received his Masters Degree. He received his Supervision Certificate from Potsdam State College.
On December 11, 1952 he entered the US Air Force. He received the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals and was honorably discharged on September 10, 1956.
He married Mary Jane Dewey at St. Mary's Church, Clayton on December 28, 1954 and Rev. George Racette officiated.
Mr. Bertrand was a teacher and former administrator for 29 years, lastly working for the Indian River School District in Evans Mills. He retired July 1, 1988. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a member of the Indian River Lions Club, both in Evans Mills. He enjoyed volunteering for various social organizations, including Office of the Aging. He also enjoyed golfing, and fishing, and had a love of football and basketball, his favorite school being Syracuse University.
Along with his wife, Mary Jane, Jim is survived by his daughter, Sherry B. Wagoner and husband, Edward R., Peoria, AZ; three grandchildren, Nicole Blair and husband, James, Austin, TX, Brandon Wagoner and wife, Michelle, and Brett Wagoner and wife, Rebecca, all of Peoria, AZ; six great grandchildren, Hailey, Olivia and Sadie Wagoner, Peoria, AZ and Hannah, Paul and Katharine Blair, Austin, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Robert Bertrand, and sister, Jane Hesler.
Donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 313 Washington St., Suite 310, Newton, MA 02458 or St. Anne's Shrine, http://www.saintannesshrine.org/. Online condolences to Jim's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.