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James J. Bertrand

July 17, 2016

James J. BertrandJames 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.


#20 Mary Ann LaLonde 2016-07-28 21:40
Dear Mary Jane, I just learned about Jim's passing and want you to know that, even though we haven't seen each other much in the past few years, the news caused me to reflect on how happy we always were to see you and catch up on news. I wish you and your family comfort during this time of grief and will keep you in my prayers.
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#19 John & Joan Oddi 2016-07-20 17:00
Mary Jane,
Our sincerest sympathy. Mr. Bertrand was an exceptionally nice man, and we want to thank you both so much for your kindness to our mom & mother-in-law, Thelma Oddi. It was wonderful getting to know you at Judy's. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#18 Diana King Woodward 2016-07-20 12:09
To the Bertrand Family, my deepest condolences in your loss. I had your husband, dad, grandfather, as a teacher in 5th/6th grade with Mr. Whispell. He was a great teacher, one of those you don't forget!
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#17 Dan Kulina 2016-07-20 12:04
Brandon and Michelle very sorry for your loss. Your Grandfather seemed like an amazing person. Thoughts and prayers for you and the family.
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#16 Tracy Drappo 2016-07-20 09:22
My condolences to to family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I will always remember Mr. Bertrand for his kindness, his smile and sense of humor. May he rest in peace.
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#15 Kevin LaClair 2016-07-20 09:08
My condolences to the family of Mr. Bertrand. I was lucky enough to have him for a History teacher in 5th and 6th grade in the Evans Mills old school. I was lucky enough to last talk with him at Lowes and he remembered me after all of these years. He was passionate about his work and will be missed.
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#14 Kerry L Stone 2016-07-20 06:35
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#13 Rodney Jones 2016-07-20 05:38
What fond memories I have of Mr Bertrand. Those of us lucky enough to have him as a teacher remember his smile, sincerity, love of teaching, and joy of life.
Rest in peace.
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#12 The Mostroms 2016-07-19 22:03
Our love prayers and condolences to Aunt Mary Jane, Sherry and Ed and family. Uncle Jim will be so greatly missed. He was such a wonderful uncle to all of us Heslers and we have precious memories going all the way back to our childhood when he would welcome us with that smile to Bertrands Hotel for our summer vacation. We loved to hear his stories about family, growing up and life in Clayton. We loved being around him, loved his laughter, sense of humor, loyalty and generosity to his family and gave us kids great advice too especially about education. He will be greatly missed and his memory treasured by his nieces and nephews.
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#11 Mark Murphey 2016-07-19 18:56
Sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this trying time.
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