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Elwood W. Calhoun

July 18, 2021

Elwood W. CalhounElwood W. Calhoun, 90, passed away at his home in the town of Cape Vincent Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2021.

He was born in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada February 2, 1931, son of Lewis J. and Helen E. Robinson Calhoun. He grew up on Grindstone Island and moved to the mainland in Clayton in his teenage years. He served in the US Army Reserves from January 20, 1950 to March 6, 1953 and was on active duty with the Army from September 15, 1950 to April 18, 1952, serving in Korea.

Elwood worked as a heavy equipment operator, 20 years for Laidlaw, Evans Mills, and retired from Carlisle Sand and Gravel, Clayton. He was an almost 70 year member of the Clayton American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821. He was an avid outdoorsman - hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, and was also a pilot, owning his own airplane. He enjoyed and was skilled at building and fixing anything. Elwood loved his family and will be missed by his beloved dog companion, Buddy.

He is survived by his life partner, Kathryn Garnsey; three children, Dawna and William Kinne, Pulaski, Jeanie Calhoun, Cortland, and Gregory and Jennifer Calhoun, Clayton; three step children, Lesa and Gary Cooper, OR, Kim and Joe Robles, Albany, and Jeff and Julie Garnsey, Clayton; 19 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; four siblings, Doreen Meeks, Clayton, Gloria Thibault and Carol and Wilson "Bill" Hackett, all of Dexter, and Ronald and Norma Calhoun, Clayton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his wife, Hazel Scott Calhoun, Elwood was predeceased by three children, William Calhoun, Sandra Stone, and Mary Jane Cunningham; stepson Joey Garnsey; and four siblings, Ray, Paul, and Keith Calhoun and Selma Kirkland.

Elwood's life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31, from 11 AM - 3 PM at O'Brien's Restaurant, Clayton. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to SPCA of Jefferson County, P. O. Box 531, Watertown, NY 13601.


#9 Kenneth Calhoun 2021-07-25 07:23
Rest in peace uncle Elwood this journey is over and a new one has begun say hello to my mom
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#8 Jim Brabant 2021-07-24 18:57
Rest In Peace Elwood, knew you all my life, we were always friends as with all your brothers and sisters. You didn’t mind us calling you plywood once in awhile!
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#7 Russ Waterson 2021-07-22 12:46
The news of Elwood's passing saddens me deeply. Elwood was my trapping mentor and a brother heavy equipment operator, but best of all I am honored to call him friend. I have many great memories with Elwood. He use to come in Dad's bait shop all the time with a young Greg accompanying him. Elwood was so proud of all of his kids and very protective of them. You did an outstanding job looking after him Kay! I was blessed to be able to stop and visit Kay and Elwood last fall. I send my love and deepest condolences to Kay and all of thier children.
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#6 Sue Streets 2021-07-21 20:12
Loved seeing Elwood around town. I worked at the B and D market in Clayton when I met him. He would come in and buy lottery tickets. Always talked of you, Kathryn. Just a delight to have heard his stories. Saying prayers to all the family. Rest easy and scratch a lottery ticket in heaven.
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#5 Lou Montante 2021-07-21 15:34
Sorry to hear of Elwood's passing. Had some interesting conversations with him. My condolence.
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#4 Dawna Kinne 2021-07-21 15:23
I knew this day would come that I would have to say goodbye, but its sure not easy. Your the man that I always looked up to no matter what. Dad rest easy now. The pain is gone and your with a whole lot of family and friends. I love you and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace ♡♡♡
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#3 Jessi Gardner 2021-07-21 13:38
I am so grateful to have had such an amazing Grandfather. May you Rest In Peace now ❤️
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#2 Rayann Gardner 2021-07-21 13:26
Rest In Peace Grandpa, you will be missed.
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#1 Jennifer calhoun 2021-07-21 13:06
I am so blessed that I got 32 years to know such an incredible man, I will cherish all of our mental together and everything that you had fought me we will miss you terribly but we love you and until we meet again
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