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Bruce Thomas Hicks Knill

May 30, 2017

Bruce Thomas Hicks KnillBruce Thomas Hicks Knill, 84, of Clayton passed away Tuesday morning, May 30, 2017, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Bruce was born in Malawi, Africa on March 25, 1933.  He attended Highgate School in England where he excelled in cricket and rugby.  He trained as an accountant and married Janet (Jane) Farmer in 1955.  With Joanna and Fiona, their two eldest daughters, they emigrated to Canada in 1958.

Bruce began his accounting career at Coopers & Lybrand in Montreal as an auditor.  Bruce and Jane welcomed John to the family in 1960 and moved to Toronto to work in industry. Michael, Sarah and Mark were born in Toronto where Bruce continued his career as a Vice President of Finance and Operations with a Canadian holding company.

Bruce retired as Vice President, Finance at Clarkson University.  He spent 10 years leading operations, major fund raising initiatives and capital campaigns.  He spent his retirement with Jane in Clayton, New York where he was active with St. Mary's Parish and the Diocese of Ogdensburg and the Clayton Yacht Club.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane, his son, Michael Francis, and his sister Sheila Lucy Stickells. He is survived by Joanna Grossi (Daniel, Michelle and Abigail Grossi and Andrew Grossi), Fiona Davis (Steven, Nicole and Erin Shed, Jessica and Jay Clark, Harper and Samuel), John Knill (Sue, Colleen and Ben Ijalana, Jack Knill, Mary Kate Knill, Sarah Jane Knill), Michael's children, Alexandra, Bruce and Claire and their mother Kim, Sarah Knill McParland (Tim McParland, Emily, Janet, and Megan) and Mark (Sara, Diana, Thomas)

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 2, 2017, 11AM, at St. Mary's Church, Clayton with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his name to St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#9 Do hard Badi 2017-06-01 22:23
To the Knill family and friends, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news.Bruce will be missed. He was a really nice man. I have fond memories of him and Jane visiting where I work. Rest in peace.
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#8 Habib Nweisser 2017-06-01 16:38
Andrew, so sorry to learn about your grandfather's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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#7 Christina Martins 2017-06-01 15:13
Andrew, my deepest condolences on your grandfather's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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#6 Joe and Edie Markey 2017-05-31 19:21
Joe and I extend our deepest condolences to you and your extended family.
Your dad sounds like he was a remarkable person.
Much love and warm wishes to all.
The Markey Family
San Francisco, CA
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#5 jan plutzer 2017-05-31 18:59

So sorry to learn of your father's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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#4 Richard and Sylvia 2017-05-31 16:49
Deep sympathy to Bruce's family. Bruce had a huge influence in the success Sylvia and I and our company were able to achieve in business and more importantly he was a real friend. We will forever be grateful to a long time friend and mentor.
Rest in peace
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#3 Dennis H Honeywell 2017-05-31 10:00
Bruce, Jane and I were neighbors for many years and what wonderful people they were. We lived outside the Village and as so we had our own fire hydrant in our small development. Bruce and I had a semi-annual ritual of meeting at the hydrant (with Martinis in hand) to "test" the hydrant. This often turned into a day long event of the best neighbor kind. What a great couple. I will cherish my memories of them both.
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#2 Kelly Chezum 2017-05-30 21:18
Bruce was a wonderful friend and mentor to so many. He will be missed.
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#1 Laura Reff 2017-05-30 20:54
Sending prayers of sympathy since I can't attend funeral. I did Jane's hair for several years and thoroughly enjoyed she and Bruce at church. What a wonderful set of parents you had. Clayton will miss them both.
With deepest sympathy,
Laura Reff
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