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Dean H. Thurheimer

July 19, 2021

Dean H. ThurheimerDean H. Thurheimer, 79, of Adams Center, NY, passed away on July 19th, 2021.

Dean was born in Watertown, NY on March 30th, 1942, to Herbert C. and Mary Louise (Gorey) Thurheimer. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1960, and earned a BS in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1965. Dean married Patricia J. Kendall, of Glens Falls, NY, on August 29th, 1964 at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Albany, NY.

Dean worked for Kinney Drugs, Inc. for his 37 year career, retiring in 1997 as a supervising pharmacist and store manager. He was a much admired and respected boss, and to this day people remember him fondly as the best boss they've ever had.

Dean loved woodworking, and after retirement started his own business called Dean's Toys, selling his handmade toys at craft fairs around the area for several years.

Dean spent 30 years as an adult volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, first serving as a Webelos leader, then as Scout Master for Adams Center Troop 35. He also served on the Pack Committee, Troop Committee, District Activities Committee, and as District Training Chair and Staff for National Jamboree. He earned many awards, including Cub Training Award, Scout Training Award, NESA Scout Master of the Year, District Award of Merit, and The Silver Buffalo, a national level distinguished service award.

Dean was also very involved in community service. He served as a Fire Commissioner for Adams Center, on the Village of Adams Main Street Grant Steering Committee, Senior Housing Committee, and the South Jefferson Community Action Corp. He was very involved with the Rohde Center Food Pantry, and was instrumental in starting their fresh food and school supply giveaways. He was named South Jefferson Citizen of the Year in 2006.

Dean loved nature and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the time spent at his camp with family and friends. He also enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, and any other means of enjoying the great outdoors.

Dean was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, his sons Eric and Kurt, his parents, a brother, David, and a sister, Jean.

Dean is survived by his daughter Katherine Thurheimer and her husband Michael Eichner of Rochester, NY, daughters Keira Thurheimer and Karen Thurheimer of Adams Center, and son Kenneth Thurheimer of Chapel Hill, NC. Also sisters Judy (John) Jamieson, Janet (Mike) Eassa, Joanne (Steve) Mastascusa, Jill (Bob) Swank, a brother Donald Thurheimer, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Sunday, August 1st, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown, NY 13601. A reception will immediately follow in the lounge at Savory Downtown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rohde Community Center (2 East Church St., Adams, NY, 13605), The JRC Foundation, Inc. (380 Gaffney Dr., Watertown, NY, 13601) or Hospice of Jefferson County (1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY, 13601). Online condolences to the family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#18 Louisa Caldwell 2021-07-29 11:33
My thoughts and prayers go out to Dean’s family and friends. Dean was my boss at Kinney Drugs at Northland Plaza in Watertown. He was the nicest boss and person. I had the highest regards for him and his wife. Dean and I shared birthdays I have thought of him every every year on March 30 th and will continue that memory.
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#17 Benjamin Barker 2021-07-28 08:04
I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Thurheimer as a Boy Scout of Troop 35 in the 90’s and as a neighbor before that. I always had great respect for him. I admired his calm yet stoic demeanor and the respectful and understanding way he dealt with us Scouts, especially since we were hellions. In all the years I was in his company I only remember him getting mad once, and it was well justified. I also remember his woodworking skills. I still have every award and plaque I earned that he made for the the Troop. My favorite is the “Slept in the Snow at 40 Below” award for those of us whom survived a winter camping trip on one of the coldest weekends on record. My life is richer for knowing Mr. Thurheimer and I will endeavor to carry his memory for as long as I live.
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#16 Ray Richardson 2021-07-26 21:00
To Dean’s family, please accept my sincere condolences.
We are both Albany College of Pharmacy graduates.
I worked with Dean at KINNEYS NORTHLAND & ADAMS store. He was highly respected in his profession and by those who worked with him. Dean's knowledge of New York State history of the Revolutionary War period was quite impressive.
Dean was loved.
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#15 Daphne Wood 2021-07-26 11:20
To the family:
So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember him well. My thoughts and prayers to you all!
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#14 Maria Mesires 2021-07-26 08:17
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May his memory be eternal.
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#13 Clare Smith 2021-07-25 14:37
Keira, I am so sorry to learn about your father’s death. He positively impacted the lives of so many people through his actions and charitable works. Please accept my sincere condolences for your family’s loss.
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#12 Nadine Britton 2021-07-25 10:04
Keira and Family…
I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Reading about him makes it clear that kindness is a trait that has been passed amongst your family.
I send wishes for peace during this difficult time. May your memories be held close, and shared widely.
Thinking of you.
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#11 Kathleen OSullivan 2021-07-25 09:45
A life well lived. He was such a great person and a great dad to his children and the rest of us who spent a lot of time under his roof. Love to all if you as you celebrate his life.
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#10 Amy Cooper 2021-07-25 09:17
My thoughts and prayers go out to the the Thurheimer family. Mr. Thurheimer was such a positive influence in our community and will be missed.
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#9 Jane Zimmerman 2021-07-25 09:01
Keira and family, I am so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. I hope your fond memories will help you through this difficult time.
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