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Sterling G. LaLonde

December 3, 2016

Sterling G LaLondeSterling G. LaLonde, 76, of Clayton passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Samaritan Keep Home where he had resided since March 4, 2010.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Thursday, December 8, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Clayton on Friday, December 9, at 11AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding and burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Sterling was born in Watertown on June 11, 1940, son of Clarence J. and Ethel B. Heintzelman LaLonde. He was a 1959 graduate of Clayton Central School. On May 8, 1965 he married Linda L. Dwyer at St. Mary's Church with Rev. Leo Wiley officiating.

He served in the Army National Guard, entering on July 12, 1963, was active for almost a year, and was honorably discharged from the Reserves on July 11, 1969. For 38 years he worked for the NYS Dept. of Transportation. After his retirement, he was associated with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. and with Bonnie Castle Yacht Basin in Alexandria Bay.

Sterling was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 350. He was a 42 year member of the American Legion Colon Couch Post 821 and a 56 year member of the Clayton Fire Dept. He enjoyed playing in the Twilight Golf League and Clayton Old Timer Hockey. He was an avid sports fan, on all levels including high school, and his favorite teams were the Yankees, Giants, and Bruins. Sterling enjoyed golfing, camping, ice fishing, swimming, and he was known for providing refreshments at the Clayton Christmas Parade. He treasured spending time with his family, friends and grandchildren.

Along with his loving wife, Linda, he is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, Tammy L. and Joseph Gallion, Rock Hill, SC, Melissa A. and Stephen Dudyak, Chazy, and Stacey L. and Jeffrey Lalonde, Watertown; four grandchildren, McClain and Reagan Dudyak and McKenna and Owen Lalonde; sister-in-law, Dorothy L. "Dot" LaLonde, Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His two brothers, Donald J. and Bruce W., died before him.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sterling's name may be made to either American Legion Christmas Fund, 518 Riverside Dr. or Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., 855 Graves St., both in Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#29 Paula & Ray, Syr. 2017-01-09 12:19
Linda, Tammy, Missy & Stacey,
Mom just told me today that Sterling passed away. I'm sorry to hear that. Peace to you and your families.
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#28 Diane Reff Morinigo 2016-12-11 21:58
My condolences to the family. I know that you were a very dedicated wife visiting him daily at the nursing home. My thoughts are with you at this time. He is now resting in peace.
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#27 EllenMatthewsWalker 2016-12-09 09:37
My sincere condolences to Linda and family. I remember Sterling positively from school, and also Linda from HGS. EMW
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#26 Kevin Durr 2016-12-08 20:35
Sterling was a great neighbor - he had a great sense of humor and everyone liked him! I enjoyed sharing a beer with him on the porch and hearing all of his stories of Clayton during the day.
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#25 Julie Dawson 2016-12-08 20:20
We send our condolences. Sterling will be greatly missed by all.
Julie, Amy and Dave Dawson
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#24 Louie/Rose Montante 2016-12-08 07:35
Our sympathy for you loss. Always enjoyed our conversations with Sterling.
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#23 Mary Ann LaLonde 2016-12-07 18:18
Dear Linda and Family, I just learned that Sterling is now at peace. Although we have been out of touch for some time, as you know, I do know what you have experienced. I will light a NC candle at Mass for all of you and hope that you may also find peace during this Christmas season. Love, Mary Ann
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#22 Stan Brill 2016-12-07 16:44
To the Family , prayers too you on your loss .
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#21 Laura Reff 2016-12-07 12:10
Wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am out of town for the week so won't be able to come to calling hours. Have many fond childhood memories of Sterling and Bud Dier. They made me laugh til I cried! I hope your memories bring you comfort in this time of sorrow.
Sincerely Laura Bogenschutz Reff
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#20 Jim Ashbocker 2016-12-06 16:24
Sorry for your loss may God bless Sterling and your family. I had the great honor of meeting Sterling at the DOT barn with my dad Ike Ashbocker, we went ice fishing a few times together. my dad talked a lot about Sterling they had a lot of great times working together. So God got two great snow plowers this year. I know that they are up in heaven looking down hoping for a lot of snow pennies from heaven. GOD BLESS.
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