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Hans C. Wahl

May 2, 2020

Hans C. WahlHans C. Wahl, 56, of Clayton passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 2, 2020.

He was born in Watertown on November 5, 1963 to Wilburt C. Wahl, Jr. and Sonja C. Oehme Wahl and he graduated from Thousand Islands High School. On June 26, 1998 he married Kerry A. O'Sullivan at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Nanuet.

Hans was a fully certified Mechanic, working as the General Manager of the Service Department at French Creek Marina. He was a U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captain. He was a member and past president of the Boating Industries Association, and he was a Volvo Penta Service School Instructor in Chesapeake, VA from 1994 to 1999. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. Hans was a former member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, the Calumet Drill Team, and he was an EMT. He enjoyed music, guitar playing, fishing, and woodworking. Hans’ passion was mechanics and he loved working on his 1969 Camaro.

Along with his wife, Kerry, he is survived by his daughter, Sabrina C. Wahl, and son, Liam C. Wahl, both of Clayton; his parents Wilburt and Sonja Wahl of Clayton; two sisters, Christina M. Loew and husband Ellis R. Loew, Clayton, and Katharina G. McFarland and husband Ron McFarland, McHenry, MD; his brother, Heinz W. Wahl and wife Rosalie P. Wahl, Clayton; one aunt, one uncle, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his yellow lab, Bella, and his best friend Kevin Oliver, Melbourne Beach, FL. Hans was a kind and generous person who loved to help everyone. He single-handedly was able to save six people in a boating accident, and for this and many other selfless acts, his family is proud of him and will sorely miss him.

Services will be at his family's convenience. Burial will be in Sand Bay Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name for his children's trust fund at Community Bank NA, 523 State St, Clayton, NY 13624, are welcome, to Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, 30 Corporate Woods #220, Rochester, NY 14623 or Clayton Fire Department, 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#39 Cathy Patane 2020-05-18 16:30
To the family of Hans Wahl. My deepest condolences for your loss of this kind, smart, witty, and caring family man. I always thought he was the epitome of a true gentleman. So sorry for your loss.
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#38 Pie & Gay HiLL 2020-05-15 18:47
Our sincere condolences to all.family during this difficult time. We shall miss Hans’ smiling face. Sending prayers. God Bless.
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#37 Jami Rushford 2020-05-15 07:55
To the entire Wahl Family; Please accept our deepest sympathies for you loss. We were very saddened to learn of Hans passing. Hans was a wealth of knowledge and always had time to share it. He will be deeply missed.


Holly & Jami Rushford
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#36 Bruce Rippeteau 2020-05-11 19:23
Very sorry you are gone, Brother River Rat Hans. We will pay our respects at your gravesite in the lovely little Sand Bay Cemetery. Sit tibi terra levis.
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#35 Dawn & Randy Cramer 2020-05-09 18:35
We are so saddened to hear of Hans' passing and send our thoughts and prayers to his family. We enjoyed our conversations with his smile and easy going nature. He will be missed by many. We wish him peace.
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#34 John Ferguson 2020-05-09 12:09
I had the pleasure of talking with Hans each year at the Syr boat show as the booth I worked was next door to his. He was such a wealth of knowledge & loved to share technical information. He was so enthusiastic about his work. Year after year we would talk. I consider him a friend & will miss him. May he rest in peace & the Lord hold him in the palm of his hand.

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#33 Cheryl Trick 2020-05-09 10:40
So sorry to hear of Hans passing. Too young for sure! He will be missed by many! Thoughts and prayers are being lifted up for the family.
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#32 Colleen McCormack 2020-05-08 15:06
Kerry, Sabrina and Liam;
I have no words that can take your pain away, I only hope that you can feel and take comfort in the love and prayers being sent by those that love you. Hans was loved by all that knew him and will always be remembered as a good man, loving husband and proud dad.
Hans; Rest In Peace. I will miss your big hugs and warm smile at family functions. Until we meet again xx.
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#31 Colleen McCormack 2020-05-08 14:18
Kerry, Sabrina and Liam;
There are no words I can offer to take your pain away; I can only hope you can feel the love and support in the prayers of those that love you. Hans was loved by all who knew him and will always be remembered as a good man, loving husband and proud dad.
Hans, Rest In Peace, cousin. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of of his hand.
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#30 Ted Streets 2020-05-08 13:22
To the family, my sincere condolences for your loss and Deepest sympathy.
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