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Roy Patraw

Roy F. Patraw

Friday, January 25th, 1935 - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
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WADDINGTON- Roy F. Patraw, 84, of 10 LaGrasse Street, peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Canton Potsdam Hospital.

Roy was born on January 25, 1935 in St. Regis Falls, son of the late Wendell and Harriett Peck Patraw. He attended schools in St. Regis Falls and also studied at Canton ATC. He married Elaine M. Dow on June 29, 1957 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Norwood.

Roy began working at Clarkson University in 1954, retiring as Supervisor of the Heating Plant in 1995, due to health issues. He also worked at St. Lawrence NYSAR for seven years, and for a short time at the Waddington Hepburn Library. He enjoyed energy, studying it and figuring it out. Roy was also very artistic, and enjoyed painting, but he really enjoyed talking and visiting with others.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; and one son, Craig A. Patraw of Hermon; his brother Eugene Patraw of York, PA; two sister-in-law’s, Dorothy and Gerald Gonyou, and Muriel Testani; a brother-in-law, Gerald and Madeline Dow; and several nieces and nephews.

Roy was predeceased by two sons in infancy, Michael Joseph Patraw and Bruce John Patraw; four siblings and their spouses, Elois and Lawrence Sanford, William Patraw, Edna and Harry Price, and Helen and Gerald Palmer, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam, Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM, with Rev. Douglas Lucia officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Anne’s Cemetery in St. Regis Falls.

Donations may be made in Roy’s memory to the Waddington Resource Center or the Waddington Rescue Squad.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 10:00am
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    Rev. Douglas Lucia
  • Interment

    St. Ann's Cemetery
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Micah Caraballo

Posted at 06:58am
I’m so sorry for the loss of this man. My condolences go out to the Patraw family. There’s a Scripture d love to share that always comforted me when I lost someone close to me in death. It’s in Revelation 21:4 which causes says: “And he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither wklll mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This is a promise from God they he will end death forever in the future and we will see our loved ones again!

David and Susan

Posted at 08:45pm
Craig and Mrs. Patraw,
We are very sorry to hear about Mr. Patraw passing away. You are in our thoughts and prayers . Craig we hope to see you around ((hugs))))))))))) .

David and Susan Barney Family of Hermon

Buffy Gabri

Posted at 09:19pm
When I was so very desperate to find a home (as a single divorced mom) ...for my children and I ...I got the call from a realtor...she said she had a home she thought would be perfect for me to come see....I pulled in the driveway of a beautiful home....I was met with smiles (from ear to ear) by Elaine and Roy!!!!!!! The warmth and heartfelt sincerity from them instantly made me know that I wanted this home! Elaine and Roy were the upmost kindhearted folks. After I bought the home (the first year was rough) I had so many questions and concerns. They took the time of day AND NIGHT to come over and help me come to peace as a first time home buyer! Elaine I give you my most sincerest heartfelt sympathy and prayers! Roy was a very energetic intelligent man. I am so blessed to have met you, became INSTANT friends with you both, and cherish the opportunity to purchase a place you called home and NOW I call it my HOME for ever!!!!!!!!! Rest in peace my friend and mentor Roy!!!!!! Elaine keep his spirit spunk and loving compassion within your heart and soul!!!!!!!!! God bless!!!!!!!! Love Buffy and the children!!!!!!!!

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