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John M. Carter, Sr.

April 24, 2021

John M. Carter, Sr.John M. Carter, Sr., a resident of Wellesley Island, died suddenly on April 24, 2021.

He graduated from Clarkson College in 1957 and Cornell Law School in 1960.

After law school, he went into practice with his father in Clayton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ellsworth J. Carter, and Helen Kittle Carter, his brother Merle Carter and his daughter, Sara Carter.

He is survived by Judith Carter, his beloved wife of 61 years, son John Carter, Jr. (Barbara) of New Hampshire, daughter Pam Dougherty (Charles) of Clayton, as well as 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

John had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest, first and foremost being a man who loved his wife and kids, and a beloved Papa to the grandchildren. He enjoyed racing cars, boating, flying planes, photography, boat building, and loved everything about the River.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to either the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary St., Clayton, NY 13624 or the Church of St. Lawrence, P.O. Box 211, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.

The funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#4 Linda Shaffrey Slone 2021-04-28 21:51
Mrs. Carter, I’m so sorry for your loss. He always gracious and kind whenever I saw him around Clayton. My parents respected him as well. My condolences to you and your family.
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#3 Bill Breitenbuecher 2021-04-27 17:04
My sincere condolences to your family on Mr. Carter's passing. It was always a pleasure speaking with him after services at the Church of St. Lawrence. Holding you close in my thoughts and my heart during this time.
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#2 Deborah Phinney 2021-04-27 15:47
Mrs Carter and family, I was very sad to read about John's passing, I always enjoyed our little chats when I saw him at the bank. A very kind man. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
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#1 Lora Stopper 2021-04-27 12:25
Mrs. Carter, Pam and families,
Jack and I send our sincere condolences to you all. We sat in John's law office many times while he helped us buy different properties around town. He was always kind, and professional, and had a big smile! I know you will miss him, but he will always be in your hearts.
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