Joseph J. Terry, age 92, of Brushton currently residing at the Alice Hyde Nursing Home, Malone, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
Joseph was born on July 16, 1918 in Chateaugay, the son of the late John and Agnes King Terry. He was a graduate of Chateaugay High School, Ithaca College and Administration at St. Lawrence University. Mr. Terry served his country proud in the US Army during WWII where he was a tank commander. He was honorably discharged.
Joseph first started teaching in Edwards, and then taught at Moira High School. Mr. Terry then went on to become the Principal at Brushton-Moira and retired from Brushton-Moira High School in 1977 as the Superintendent.
He enjoyed sports, and coached several teams throughout his career. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, and watching the youth play basketball. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Brushton, past member of the Kiwanis Club in Moira, and past member of the Brushton-Moira American Legion Post #939.
Joseph also served on the board of COM links, Maple Leaf Housing and for the Town of Moira. Mr. Terry was inducted into the Brushton-Moira Central Hall of Fame. He was united in marriage on January 12, 1944 to Marjorie E. McMahon. She predeceased him on December 13, 2002.
Mr. Terry is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Donald Auclair of Tupper Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Marilyn Terry of Montreal, Quebec, and Donald and Connie Terry of Brushton; and nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and four step grandchildren.
Besides his parents and wife, Joseph was predeceased by two brothers, Edmond and Martin Terry.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Flint Funeral Home, Moira. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Brushton with Rev. Christopher Looby officiating the services. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Brushton, in the spring.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Moira Rescue Squad in Joe’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Flint Funeral Home, Moira. Online condolences may be made at www.flintfuneralhomeny.com.