April 21, 2018
James E. Cupernall, 67, formerly of Clayton, passed away April 21, 2018 in Florida.
Jim was born in Potsdam on October 2, 1950, son of H. George and Mary Kittle Cupernall. He attended Watertown schools, then the family moved to Massachusetts where he graduated from Oakmont Regional High School in 1968. He received his Associates Degree from Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardener, MA in 1971.
While in MA, he worked for a nursery and greenhouse in Westminster, moved back to NY and worked for a greenhouse and landscaping business in Syracuse. In 1975 he became the owner and operator of the Village Greenhouses in Clayton which he ran until his retirement in 2005. During this time he also drove school bus for the LaFargeville school district.
On January 1, 1982 he married Darlene D. Timerman.
After his retirement the couple moved to Ormond Beach, FL. He worked as a courier for Snap Express and as a guard for Daytona International Speedway while in FL.
He enjoyed being a high school basketball referee while in Clayton and was an avid all-sports fan. He had landscaped several businesses in the Thousand Islands region, including Pine Tree Point and Riveredge Hotel, both in Alexandria Bay. Jim was a member of the Clayton Lions Club.
Along with his wife, Darlene, he is survived by his son and his wife, Alan and Tamsin Cupernall, Jacksonville, FL; daughter and her husband, Kristin and Brandon Haidaczuk, Dexter; grandson, Brandon Haidaczuk; sister and her husband, Jean and David Kenney, Clayton; mother-in-law, Kathy Timerman, Dexter; sister-in-law, Debbie Timerman; brother-in-law, David Timerman; a niece and nephew and their spouses, Chris and Kim Kenney and Heather and Brian Huntley; four great nieces and nephews; an uncle and his wife, Bob and Bev Kittle; and several cousins. His parents predeceased him.
Memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to either Ardsley's Angels, c/o the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY 13601 or the Clayton Lions Club, c/o George Forbes, 15466 Lyellton Dr., Clayton, NY 13624.
As per his wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Local arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.