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Dewey B. Farmer

November 18, 2018

Dewey B. Farmer, 88, of Clayton passed away Sunday morning, November 18, 2018, at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, November 25, from 2 - 5 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church on Monday, November 26, at 11 AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding followed by burial and military honors in Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery.

Dewey was born in Watertown on April 17, 1930, son of Dewey and Grace A. Heard Farmer and he was educated in Watertown schools. He joined the Naval Reserves and was called to active duty on August 7, 1951. He was proud of his service aboard the USS Krishna and was honorably discharged on June 26, 1953.

He married Sally A. Brabant on June 27, 1959 at St. Mary's Church with Fr. Lawrence Deno officiating.

Dewey worked in the Saturation Department at Knowlton Bros., Watertown for 13 years. He began his 23 year career as a custodian at Clayton Central School and then at 1000 Islands High School and retired as Senior Custodian. After his retirement he worked for Gray's Wholesale in several capacities for 7 years. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. In his younger years he was a member of the Boy Scouts. Dewey was a 20 year active member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and currently was an exempt member. He was a 48 year member of the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821. He enjoyed being a handyman, working with wood and mechanics, and also any type of remodeling. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Along with his wife, Sally, Dewey is survived by his three children, Debra M. Farmer, John D. Farmer and wife, Mary, and Robert F. Farmer and wife, Amy, all of Clayton; four grandchildren, Joshua, Nicole, Tyler, and Kristin; two great grandchildren, Ariah and Remi; brother, Richard Farmer and wife, Dorothy, Fairport; sister, June A. Farmer Champney, Albany; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#8 Bob & Helen Jennette 2018-11-24 12:30
To all our cousins we send our heartfelt sympathies in the loss of their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. We hope that time will ease the grief that you now have, knowing that he is now at peace. Helen and Bob Jennette
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#7 Arnie and Ann 2018-11-22 08:46
Sally and family, we have many memories of Dewey from T. I. School. May your good times remain in your hearts at this sad time. We send our love and prayers, with deepest sympathy,
Ann and Arnie
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#6 Rhonda Campbell 2018-11-21 20:11
Dewey was a loyal, honest, hardworking man who would have it no other way than to leave this world without having everyone who knew him carry with them a fond memory of his true personality, that being his harassing sense of humor.

Thank you for that Dewey, and for your sense of pride in everything you accomplished, your compassion for your family, and for displaying the true meaning of dignity, kindness and integrity every day of your life. A rare find in today's world indeed.

You will be sadly missed but thank you for the legacy you left behind. They shall carry on the Farmer name and the heritage that you so proudly represent.

Love, thoughts and prayers to the entire Farmer family.
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#5 Terry Cantwell 2018-11-20 08:19
My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of growing up with the whole Farmer family as friends. Sally,Robert, John, Debbie so sorry
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#4 Jimbrabant 2018-11-20 07:57
Goodbye Dewey, My neighbor,always ready for a good joke and to laugh and be cheerful when I stopped in for a visit, even when you were sick, you have had a good long life my friend may you Rest In Peace,also Sally your wonderful wife, my cousin, I prey for peace for you
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#3 Mickey Orvis 2018-11-19 18:09
Bob I am sorry for your loss My prayers go out to you and your family
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#2 John Penrose 2018-11-19 17:49
Many years ago I learned to appreciate the hard work and leadership that Dewey displayed as the senior member of the custodial/maint enance staff at Thousand Islands High School. Always collegial and willing to go out of his way to lend a hand to anyone, Dewey was appreciated by everyone he came in contact with. My deepest sympathy to the members of the Farmer family; recall all of the many wonderful times you enjoyed with Dewey; he was, indeed, an admirable man
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#1 Shayne Lippincott 2018-11-19 10:08
I am so sorry to see that Dewey passed away yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of growing up with the whole Farmer family as friends. My heart is with you. May your memories hold him dear to your hearts until you meet again. May you RIP Dewey. - Shayne Scales Lippincott
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