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Obituary - William B. Lemery

William B. Lemery

Date of Passing: November 16th, 2010

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William B. (Bill) Lemery, 83, of Waterville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at St. Joseph''s Hospital, Syracuse. He was born October 16, 1927, in Vernon, the son of the late Howard and Ruth Nolan Lemery. He was a graduate of Madison Central School and attended Syracuse University. Mr. Lemery was a US Air Force veteran serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. On June 2, 1951, at St. Peter''s Church, Rome, he married Joyce Rutledge. A hard working man with great work ethic, he started two businesses. First he worked as a barber for many years and in 1972 founded Lemery Real Estate. Always busy, he also worked a second job as a bus driver for Waterville Central School, as well as working in insurance sales. After his retirement, he began yet another career as a security guard at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, the Lutheran Homes, and finally at the Utica National Insurance Company. What makes up a life? To Bill Lemery it meant many things. He was an avid sportsman, loved hunting and fishing, visiting nearby forests and ponds, or a good joke or prank. It meant card games with his family, fish fries at local restaurants, quiet summer evenings on the back porch watching "Wheel of Fortune" with his beloved wife Joyce, and enjoying the sounds of the countryside that he loved so much. More often than not, their beloved dogs were by his side, Kosha, Katie and most recently, Bella. Always concerned about family, he wanted to be there for others when needed. Their health, cares, and life challenges were a concern to him. His grandchildren were both esteemed and loved by him. Their travels, adventures, and accomplishments brought him pride always. Whether it was a game of Chinese Checkers with Jenna, a fishing afternoon with Sierra, watching one of Tyler''s football games, hunting with Matt, or holiday dinners with Dana, their youth and spirit touched his heart in a special way. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. He embraced life fully, working hard to give his family the very best. Once he said to one of his family members, he was sure there was something else out there. This spirituality brought him comfort and wisdom in later years. In keeping with his concern for others, he became an Ombudsman for the Red Cross, the Lutheran Homes, and most recently the Presbyterian Home for Central NY. With great fervor, he was concerned with the local neighborhood by being a member of the Waterville Planning Board. He was deeply aware of the windmill development plans in the area and worked long and hard on this cause. He was also a former member of the Barton Hose Company. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters and a son-in-law, Suzanne Lemery of Sauquoit and David Drew of Utica and Linda and Steve Prothers of Amherst, MA; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Debbie Lemery of Waterville; a sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Charles Roberts of Hamilton; a brother, Art Lemery of Lebanon and his partner, Cheryl; five grandchildren, Jenna Prothers, Sierra Prothers, Tyler Lemery, Matt Hutchings and Dana Hutchings, Jr; his in-laws, John and Agnes Rutledge, Sharon Sheen, Betty and Donald Tudman, Carol Collier, Peggy Rutledge and Theresa Lemery; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Bradley Lemery; and a brother, Jack Lemery. The funeral will be Friday morning at 10 at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, with Rev. Ed Townsend officiating. Interment will be in Deansboro Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday evening (tonight) from 4-7. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the doctors and nurses that cared for him throughout his lifetime, and to the special folks at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, St. Joseph''s Hospital, the Waterville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Kunkel Ambulance.


As Christmas 2012 approaches, know how much he was loved. Never forgotten.

I used to know his daughter Suzanne and what great person he was and what a wonderful family he raised.
Tom gumm

Bill Lemery was one of the finest men I ever knew. I knew him when he opened his real estate business. He was a great person who will be missed.

No one will remember me, but I have many happy memories of growing up with Bill and Jack in Knoxboro, NY. My thoughts go out to his family.
COL Bart Hyward

Mrs. Lemery and family: Sincerest condolences to you all. Bill was a fine man and will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he touched. My time with him was short but very rewarding. He taught me so much and was responsible for my recent involvement in civic matters. His spirit lives on.
Carol Gloss

We extend our sympathy to Bill's family. He was a wonderful person who many years ago helped us find a home in Waterville. Oue lives touched many times since then. We will miss him and will always be thankful that we knew him. He will be fondly remembered by so many people!!!!
pat & Dave McNamara

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Lemery and her Family in the loss of your husband and father. He was a great man with many interesting stories to tell.He will surely be missed.
Charlotte Masca

Joyce and family- You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will remember the happy memories. With love and sincere sympathy, Louie and Shirlee Langone
Louis C. Langone

Mr. Lemery was a nice man. I had an opportunity many years ago while working at a diner in deansboro to get to know Mr.Lemery a little bit. We shared a few jokes and a few laughs. The Waterville area is much less without him.
Mark Masca

Mr. Lemery was a nice man. I had an opportunity many years ago while working at a diner in deansboro to get to know Mr.Lemery a little bit. We shared a few jokes and a few laughs. The Waterville area is much less without him.
Mark Masca

I want to extend my deepest condolences to Bill's family. I met him years ago when he was a guard at Utica National. A little while later he came to my house to meet Kosha and it was love at first sight. I remember her taking a walk with him and then jumping into his truck as if to say "I want to go home with you!" I knew she had a wonderful life with him and was always glad that he loved and appreciated her. He was a wonderful man in all ways -- the community will miss him as well as his family. Linda Terry
Linda Terry

My heart aches so for this precious family. Bill truly forever will reign a bold and loving Patriarch. Peaceful support from our home to each and every one whom has been touched by Bill....Dawn, Danielle and Derek.
Dawn Hutchings

I was so sorry to read about Bill. He was a real gentleman and will be greatly missed. Time will help heal the lose. Martha and Marv
Martha Smith

Our sincere condolences to the entire Lemery Family. Bill was a great man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The Bourdeau's
Michele Bourdeau

Condolences to the Lemery family. Not many adults made an strong impression on me as a youth, but this caring, thoughtful, non-judgemental, sincere man gained my admiration and respect at a young age and will be long remembered and missed.
Mike Gerow

Ray and I send our sincere sympathies to the family. I, personally, remember my dad talking about his younger years in Knoxboro with Mr. Lemery and the rest of the family - I'm sure the two will share lots of time recalling their memories in Heaven. Rest in peace and hugs to all.
Carolyn Kennett Godfrey