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Duane Hazelton

Duane T. Hazelton

Wednesday, March 27th, 1940 - Friday, August 30th, 2019
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MASSENA – After a brief illness, Duane T. Hazelton, 79, of Orchard Road, passed away late Friday evening, August 30, 2019 at Massena Memorial Hospital with the love and support of his family by his side.

Duane was born March 27, 1940 in Potsdam, the son of the late Reginald D. and Goldena (Duval) Hazelton. He was a 1957 graduate of Massena High School, where he excelled in many sports that garnered him the honor of being inducted in the Massena High School Hall of Fame, both as an individual athlete and with various teams. Following high school, he attended Ithaca College for a short time but came home to marry the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Charlene A. Matteo. They were united in marriage on August 8, 1959 at the Church of the Sacred Heart with Rev. John Pendergast, officiating.

Duane was a general foreman for Reynolds Metals, retiring at the age of 49. After his retirement, worked for a time with Massena Paper and also sold real estate for Kassian Real Estate for many years. Duane’s commitment to his community was evident in the numerous organizations he continually supported with his time and talents. He volunteered countless hours with Massena Volunteer Fire Department once serving as the Fire Chief and was currently a member of the Massena Exempt Firemen. Duane served on the Village Board as Trustee and later was elected to serve as the Town of Massena Supervisor. He was currently the President of the Twin Rivers Credit Union Board of Directors and was serving on the Massena Housing Authority. He was instrumental in the organization and coaching of Massena Pop Warner Football and coached and supported Massena Minor Hockey.

In addition, Duane was a member of the Italian-American Club, Massena Elks Lodge #1702, Massena Rotary International, and Massena Moose Lodge. In his younger years, he continued playing sports out of high school as a member of the Massena Warriors Football team. He continued following his grandchildren in their sporting events. While he was home, he could be found feeding the many squirrels around his home, tending to his flower gardens, and enjoying his cats. He also had a great love for golf and fishing. His love for his family, friends, and community will fondly be remembered by all of those he impacted in their lives.

Duane is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Charlene; his children and their spouses, Kelly and Ron Gordon of Massena; Shannon and Bill MacCuaig of Massena; David and Lindsey Hazelton of Syracuse; and his beloved grandchildren, Lauren Gordon, Billy and Katie MacCuaig, and Will and Jack Hazelton.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, D. Michael Hazelton on October 23, 1986 and his brother, Donald Hazelton on May 11, 2006.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 PM, Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Church of the Sacred Heart. The family will receive friends starting at 11:00 AM prior to the mass. Burial, with fireman’s honors, will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, or the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 11:00am - 11:45am
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
    Church of the Sacred Heart
    212 Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 12:00pm
    Church of the Sacred Heart
    212 Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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    Rev. Mark Reilly
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    Maple Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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lisa hartigan

Posted at 09:19pm
So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing! Our thoughts & prayers are with you Charlene & family at this most difficult time! 🙏
Lisa & Rick Hartigan

Nicki Belt and Mabel Thomas (Lamendola)

Posted at 05:06am
We are thinking of you all during this difficult time. With heartfelt condolences,
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Josh Foster

Posted at 08:20pm
I am saddened to hear of the recent passing of Duane. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlene and the rest of his family, friends, etc. I only meet Duane about 4 years ago and worked with him at the office for 2 seasons and enjoyed his presence and our random conversations with some stories from over the years and from recent times too. I don't know how to explain it but he was just a good guy and a unique individual and will be missed. Josh Foster

Jeff and Kim Blais

Posted at 06:46pm
With thoughts of peace and courage for you, today and in the coming days. Mr. Hazelton and your family have meant so much to us and we send our love.
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Greg Hendricks

Posted at 12:02am
I send my sincere condolences to the Hazelton Family, Duane was someone I enjoyed working with and having a conversation with. He always had an interesting perspective on things. I will be remember as a man who cared for his community and his family.
RIP Duanne

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