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Joseph M. Reff

December 12, 2017

Joseph M. ReffJoseph M. Reff passed away at his home in the Town of Cape Vincent on Tuesday morning, December 12, 2017.

So that his family have time to gather, a calling hour will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rosiere, from 9:30 - 10:30AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at 11AM in the church. Burial will follow the mass in the parish's cemetery.

Joe was born in the town of Cape Vincent on March 5, 1930, son of Neil and Muriel Mason Reff. He was a 1948 graduate of Cape Vincent Central School. On January 6, 1951 he married Jeanne Johndrow in St. James Church, Carthage with Fr. Dacey officiating. Mrs. Reff passed on July 24, 2017.

Joe was a dairy farmer for 25 years after his father passed away, at the home farm in the town of Cape Vincent. After his son Mike and grandsons Terry and Tim purchased the farm, he was employed for many years for Donald J. Wood Construction, and retired as Clerk of the Works for Two Plus Four Construction building senior citizen apartment complexes.

Joe was a life-long communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church and a 69 year, 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus, LeRay de Chaumont Council 2148, serving as Grand Knight twice. He served 8 years on the Cape Vincent Town Council, was the voting machine custodian for Cape Vincent for many years, served 14 years as a member of the Board of Directors for The Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent, and 6 years on the Thousand Islands Central School Board of Education. He was currently a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 832, the Community Advisory Board for Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, and the Cape Vincent Assessment Review Board.

With his wife, Jeanne, Joe was a member of the "Lunch Bunch." They were volunteers for over 10 years at Samaritan Medical Center. He enjoyed carpentry, four-wheeling, and his cocktail hour with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. With his grandson, Jarrod, he donated materials and designed and built the winning Klondike Sled with Cape Vincent Boy Scout Troop 56. He was an life-long New York Yankees Baseball, Syracuse University Orange Basketball, and Green Bay Packers Football fan.

He is survived by his six children, Donald Potter, Hilton; Mike and Rose Reff, Cape Vincent; Jolene and Jarvis Radley, Cape Vincent; John Reff and his partner, Randy Breunig, Boulder, CO; Bill and Linda Reff, Peru, IL; and Sue-Ellen and Eric Thompson, Rush; fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; sister, Nora Hyde, Three Mile Bay and Pahrump, NV; brother-in-law, Paul Johndrow, Tewksbury, MA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with his wife, Jeanne, Joe was predeceased by two daughters-in-law, Marie Potter and Barbara Potter; three grandchildren who died in infancy, Donald Potter, Jr., Jeremy Radley, and Emily Reff; sister and her husband, Helen and Leo King; brother-in-law, Milford Hyde; brothers-and sisters-in-laws, Pauline Johndrow, Clarke and Pauline Johndrow; and Clarence and Gwendolyn Johndrow, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad, PO Box 609, Cape Vincent, NY 13618. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#32 Richard Hoistion 2017-12-21 22:52
Uncle Joe will be missed
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#31 Ray and Mary Rhubart 2017-12-19 11:38
So sorry at the loss of Joe, we thought the world of him and Jeananne! Had lunch with him just before Thanksgiving, so pleased we did that! God Bless your family.
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#30 Karen Fitzgerald 2017-12-19 10:27
I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was always smiling and very good natured. As a director for Citizens Bank, he was very supportive of me and the branch in Chaumont. He will be missed by many. My sympathy to all the family.
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#29 Ginny Humphrey Jones 2017-12-19 09:04
So very sorry!
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#28 Mary LaVere 2017-12-19 08:00
Jolene, Jarvis, and family,
So sorry to hear about your dad. Although I didn’t know him he sounded like an amazing, caring man. He surely will be missed.
Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time.
In Sympathy, Mary
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#27 Patti Constance 2017-12-18 20:13
I’m very sorry for your loss. They were two wonderful people...You are in my prayers. Patti
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#26 Sue Macaluso Lail 2017-12-18 12:06
Joe was a fixture at the church in Rosiere. No matter what he was doing or things he had going on, he would always be at the church setting up the altar for 4 PM Mass. He was a dear, kind and sweet presence in our church and our parish community. I miss him already. My sincere condolences to the entire family.
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#25 Paul and Linda Paven 2017-12-17 19:25
Our sympathies to all of the family. Joe and Jeannie always were a happy site at legion functions. Paul said Joe was always waiting for the legion members on Memorial Day at the cemetery in Rosiere. Just one thing on the light side. I spent nights at Helen Jones’s and all of you Reff children must have been naughty as I could hear your mom yelling a lot at you. Funny as an adult that always stuck in my mind. Been rough year for the family God Bless you all.
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#24 Joe and Sharon Chavo 2017-12-16 19:37
Our condolences to the Reff family.
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#23 Mary Lawrence Throne 2017-12-16 18:25
To all of the Reff Family,
So sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. I have many fond memories of both he and Jeanne while growing up. He was always so kind to me whenever I saw him.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.
I like to think there is one Hell of a card game going on in Heaven with your parents and mine,
Mary , Bruce Throne & Family
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