Memorial Page

We would like to dedicate this page to those Sentinel Alumni who have recently passed away.

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William E. Blood

Putnam Station. William E. Blood, 65, of Putnam Station, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Ticonderoga, December 10, 1953, he was the son of the late Daniel Blood and Belva (Mercure) Blood, who survives him of Putnam Station.

Bill was a life long resident of Putnam Station, NY. He started Bill Blood Construction in 1982. He went on to build many beautiful masterpieces and life long, friendships along the way. Between his die hard work ethic and always wanting to stay busy, he took on Billy Bobs Orchard with close friend, Bob Lichtenstein. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the orchard; taking time to bring his grandchildren on tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, and catching up with patrons who had come to pick apples. He loved that he could give that opportunity to the community. To unwind and relax, he spent much of his free time at his beloved Lake Champlain property, affectionately named “Blood’s Point”.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan, his mother, Belva, daughters, Kristie and Katie, and their husbands, Mark and Joel, his grandchildren, Reid (Bub), Dayton (Buddy Boy), Faith (Princess), and Levi (Smiles), several dear cousins, his best friend, Larry Bryant and his wife and goddaughter, Martha and Lizzy, and two sisters, Bonnie and Betsy and their families.

Relatives and friends may call Monday, October 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga, NY.

A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Putnam United Presbyterian Church.

Interment will follow at the family plot of the Meadow Knoll Cemetery of Putnam Station.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to The Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.


Catherine “Kay” Ellen Arthur Morette

Ticonderoga. Catherine “Kay” Ellen Arthur Morette, age 77, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on September 17, 1942 in Ticonderoga, NY to the late C. Paul Arthur and Lorraine M. Lester Arthur.
Kay is survived by her loving and doting husband of 55 years, John E. Morette.
Prior to her passing Kay and John loved to vacation with family in the Adirondacks, travel with dear friends, their daily card games (which Kay always won), going out on the “boat”, and visiting their grandchildren, Brittany, Tara, Andee, and Michael. Kay was a talented licensed cosmetologist in Troy, NY for many years prior to devoting herself to raising her children, Virginia Morette and John A. Morette. In her children’s own words, “their Mom gave them the most perfect childhood a person could ask for”.
Upon her sister Jean’s passing, Kay, was given the privilege by Jean to stand in her place to love and care for Jean’s daughters, Karen Jones Viets and Deborah Jones Bowler as her own. Following many years of raising her family, Kay, returned to work in human resources prior to her retirement.
Kay will be deeply missed and survived by her husband, John E. Morette, of Melbourne, FL; her children Virginia Morette and John A. Morette; her beloved grandchildren Brittany, Tara, Andee and Michael; her brother, John P. Arthur, his wife Patricia Johnson Arthur, and many family members. Pre-deceased by her brothers; Thomas J. Arthur, Paul E. Arthur, and sisters, Lorraine A. Arthur McDonald and Jean L. Arthur Jones.
Relatives and friends may call Friday, October 4, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Howard J. Venette, Pastor, will officiate.
The Rite of Committal will follow at the family plot of the Sacred Heart Cemetery of Crown Point, NY.


Herbert A. Backus

GREENFIELD CENTER/TICONDEROGA | Herbert A. Backus, 76, of Greenfield Center went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 19, 2019. 

Born April 22, 1943 in Ticonderoga he grew up in Putnam. He enjoyed farm life and was an avid hunter, trapper and all around outdoors man. Herb graduated from Ticonderoga High School class of 1962. A star football player “Big Herb” helped lead his team to the 1961 and 1962 all state competition.

Herbert was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a member of Mount Defiance Lodge 0794, and a beekeeper. He was a member of the Greenfield Center Baptist Church. Herbert worked 30 years as a boilermaker for Boilermaker Local 197 in Albany working in nuclear power plants, hydroelectric plants, building tanks and installing pollution control devices on various industrial facilities. He was a member of several tractor clubs and enjoyed restoring, displaying and demonstrating antique tractors & farm equipment. Herb was the designer and builder of his unique solar efficient bermed home.

Herbert was predeceased by his parents Irene (Bartholomew) Backus and Herbert K. Backus. 

He is survived by the love of his life Kathleen (Davis) Backus, his daughters Regina (Jay) and Pamela; granddaughters: Jacquelyn (Cliff), Faith, Lauren, Cassidy, Carlotta and Grace, sisters: Joyce, Vicki (Donnie), Beverly, Emma and Gayle (Burlin), as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives called 5pm to 7pm, Monday Sept. 23, 2019 at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home,  628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 

The funeral service took place on Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 11am at the Greenfield Center Baptist Church, 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833. There was a light luncheon served by the church immediately following the service. 

Graveside service took place at approximately 2:30pm on Tuesday Sept. 24 at the South Cemetery at 49 Backus Lane, Putnam Station, NY.


James Frederick Bushey

Ticonderoga. James Frederick Bushey, 65, of Ticonderoga, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 13, 2019.
Born in Ticonderoga, September 30, 1953, he was the son of Alfred Bushey and Jean (O’Dell) Chevalier.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 224 of Ticonderoga.
Jimmy was a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga. He lived a simple life, enjoying hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed going to hunting camp and spending times with his buddies, Mike, Doug, Allen, Bob, Dave, Tim, Paul and John.
Survivors include his four brothers, Brian Porter of Warrensburg, Kyle Porter and his wife Donna, Dickie Porter, and Kelly Porter, all of Ticonderoga; and several nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the family plot of the Meadow Knoll Cemetery of Putnam Station. The Rev. Howard J. Venette will officiate.


Paul J. Fosco

Ticonderoga. Paul J. Fosco, 70 of Ticonderoga, N.Y. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
Born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., October 31, 1948, he was the son of the late Carmine and Vera (O’Dell) Fosco.
Surviving are his daughters Theresa (Fosco) Sicheri, Gwen (Fosco) Rossi, Nicole Fosco, a son Carmine Fosco, siblings Carl Fosco and Sharon (Fosco) Newell, and six grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers John Fosco, Mark Fosco and a sister Theresa (Fosco) Coffey.
Paul graduated from Ticonderoga High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Constellation. After leaving the Navy he was employed by the International Paper company in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
Paul was an avid lifelong bow, rifle, black powder hunter and dedicated longtime member of the Stoney Lonesome 770 Club.
A gathering in memory of Paul will be held at the Ticonderoga E.M.A. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019.


Gary Alan Namer

Gary Alan Namer, age 66 from Ticonderoga, NY passed away suddenly on September 5, 2019. He was born January 17, 1953 at Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga. The beloved son for the late Frederick and Anna Namer.

Gary enlisted in the US Navy upon his graduation from Ticonderoga High School. Following his service to his country, he was employed for 20 years by the Sandy Hill Corporation in Hudson Falls, NY. He would then move back to his hometown, where he would join his brothers Fred and Joe at their meat market.

He loved his community, and was always thrilled to see his friends and family, whom he would often entertain with a story. In his youth, Gary was an accomplished baseball player. He was an avid Yankees fan. He enjoyed gambling, reading, and writing poetry, and had a taste for lousy beer. He also loved and doted on his dog Jazmin, who was always a faithful companion.

Gary leaves behind his daughter, Victoria (Preston) Crupe and his 2 cherished granddaughters, Emily and Rachael, of San Tan Valley, AZ. He is also survived by his brothers Stephen and Joseph, sisters Cheryl (Cory) Phinney and Paula (Peter) Besson and sister in law Joyce Namer all of Ticonderoga, as well as six nieces and nephews along with two great nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Anna (Zachar) Namer along with his brother Fred and granddaughter Clara.

There will be no calling hours. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place at the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery of Ticonderoga on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Mr. Elliott A. Shaw will officiate.

Donations can be made in Gary’s honor to North Country SPCA or the Ticonderoga High School Baseball Team.


Sheila Joan Bennett

Sheila Joan Bennett, 79, of Ticonderoga, passed away suddenly, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at her residence.
Born in Ticonderoga, March 2, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Donald Sr. and Pauline (Coley) Clark.
Sheila was a lifetime Ticonderoga area resident.
Her and her husband, Myron Bennett, owned and operated a Saw Mill in Penfield for many years.
Through the years she was employed in the Deli department of Grand Union and Planned Parenthood, both of Ticonderoga.
Survivors include one brother, Neil R. Coley and his wife, Elizabeth of Ticonderoga; one step-sister, Sally O’Dell of Ticonderoga; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, and her husband, Myron Bennett, she was also pre-deceased by two brothers, Donald Clark Jr. and Ronny Clark; one sister, Judith Stacy; one step-sister, Donna Hargett; and one step-brother, Joseph Coley.
A private graveside service will take place at the family plot of the Ironville Cemetery of Crown Point.


Virginia Margaret Royer

Virginia Margaret Royer, 98, of East Moriches, NY and formerly of Ticonderoga, NY passed away on Friday, August 16, 2019, at her residence.

Born, March 5, 1921, in Ticonderoga, she was the daughter of the late William and Hazel (Rafferty) Farrelly.

During W.W. II, Virginia was a riveter for P 47 Thunderbolt fighter planes.

Mrs. Royer was a resident of Ticonderoga before moving to Long Island, many years ago.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Walter H. Royer in 1985. She was also pre-deceased by four siblings, Katherine Clark, Elizabeth Mattison, Charles Farrelly and Pearl Ezzo Sharrow.

Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Kijowski and her husband, Harry of Center Moriches, NY; one son, Lee Royer and his wife Tracy of Riverhead, NY; two granddaughters, Leanne Powers and her husband Edward, and Emma Royer; and one great-grandson, Oliver Powers.

Relatives and friends may call Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga.

A Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home. The Rev. Mr. Elliott A. Shaw of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga, will officiate.


Anthony C. Armstrong

Anthony C. Armstrong, Sr. 58, of Ticonderoga, and formerly of Crown Point, passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
Born in Ticonderoga, June 21, 1961, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Grace (Denno) Armstrong.
Anthony loved fishing and spending time on the mountain, building his cabin. He was a retired longtime truck driver, who loved the open road. He was always mobile on a motorcycle of sorts.
Survivors include his son, Anthony Armstrong and his wife, Katie (Woodard) Armstrong of Ticonderoga, NY; his daughter, Holly Armstrong of Fulton, NY; his step-daughter, Annie (Armstrong) Reed of Pottersville, NY; one brother, Michael Armstrong and his wife, Barbara of Crown Point, NY; three sisters, Cindy Daniels of Crown Point, NY, Kathy Dyke of Bakersville, CA, and Amy Gagnon and her husband Steve of Witherbee, NY; his best friends, Robert Sr. and Belinda Lacey of Crown Point, NY; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Kenneth and Grace Armstrong, he was also pre-deceased by his daughter, Beth Ann (Armstrong) Logan, two brothers, Kim Armstrong and Victor McLean; and one sister, Doreen Mains.
There are no public services. He will be laid to rest on the mountain at an undisclosed time for a private gathering.
Donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Lindell B. Abbott

Lindell B. Abbott, of Irondequoit, NY and formerly of Ticonderoga, NY passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the age of 93. Predeceased by his son, Gary. He is survived by loving and devoted wife of 68 years, Marjorie; sons, Douglas (Norma) Abbott, Whitney (Jeanne) Abbott; grandchildren, Daniel (Sara) Abbott, Emily (Ben) Pfeiffer, Carly Abbott; great grandchildren, Lily, Owen, Will, and Jacob; brothers, David (Dolores), Ronald Abbott; several nieces and nephews.

Lin’s memorial service was held on Sunday, August 18th, at 2:00 pm at the Community Room at St. Salomes apartments in Rochester, NY.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the family plot of the Valley View Cemetery of Ticonderoga.


Barbara Ann “Bonnie” DuRoss

Barbara Ann “Bonnie” DuRoss, 63, formerly of Ticonderoga and most recently of Queensbury, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born in Ticonderoga, December 13, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Wallace E. and Helen M. (Ford) DuRoss.

Bonnie was a resident of Ticonderoga for most of her life and was employed by the former Ames Department Store of Ticonderoga for 21 years. While in Ticonderoga, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Catholic Daughters, Court St. Mary’s # 794 of Ticonderoga.

Most recently she lived in Queensbury.

She was pre-deceased by her parents; and also, by her brother, John W. “Jack” DuRoss.

She is survived by several cousins including Rebecca Hill of Chestertown and Rachael DuRose of Pottersvile; and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Howard J. Venette, Pastor, will officiate.

The Rite of Committal will follow at the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery of Ticonderoga.

Donations in Bonnie’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 64 Amherst Avenue, Ticonderoga, New York 12883.


Vickie Lynne Drinkwine

DELMAR — Vickie Drinkwine passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, 2019 after courageous battles with breast cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. Born and raised in Ticonderoga, a proud Sentinel, she relocated to Albany when she was reacquainted with her lifetime love and husband, Gary Drinkwine.

Vickie was a self-diagnosed “Crazy Cat Lady.” Along with her love of cats, and animals in general, she enjoyed crafts and the practice of Reiki. She also looked forward to her annual plunge into Lake George with her lifelong girlfriends. She was well-known and loved for her large personality and even larger laugh. Vickie was well loved among her coworkers at DePaula/Orange Ford in Albany. Her parents are Mildred (Benway) and the late Charles Goff Sr.

Vickie is survived by her husband of 19 years, Gary Drinkwine; and stepsons, Keith (Lisa) and Kevin (Andrea) Drinkwine; his mother, Mildred Goff; brother, Charles (Nancy) Goff Jr.; nephews, Brian (Sandra), Timothy (Amy) and Daniel Goff; sister, Kay (Walter) Wells; nephews, Wyatt (Jessika) and Tyler (Vanessa) Wells; brother, Richard (Theresa) Goff; nephew and niece, Christopher (Carolyn) and Abigail Goff; and sister, Theresa Daniels; and nieces and nephew Casey (Eric), Cullen and Kateri Kuhlow; as well as countless family and friends. Vickie was predeceased by her father, Charles Goff Sr.; many uncles and aunts; as well as her granddaughter, Josephine Burritt Drinkwine.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Theodoulou of NYOH. Also the incredible physicians and nursing staff at St. Peter’s Hospital, specifically Dr. Savage and especially the Hospice Inn care team. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends Comforting Friends, 25 Steamboat Landing, Ticonderoga, NY 12883; or Kitten Angels 233 Houseman St., Mayfield, NY 12117-3948. A service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Delmar Reformed Church, Delmar. Reception to follow. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Ticonderoga.


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