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100 North Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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H. Olin Peets

H. Olin Peets

Wednesday, March 29th, 1922 - Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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MASSENA – H. Olin Peets, 97, peacefully slept away on Thursday evening, October 31, 2019 at the Highland Home and Rehabilitation Center, with his family by his side.

Olin was born March 29, 1922 in Malone, the son of the late Floyd and Beatrice (Aubin) Peets. As a child, his family moved to Massena, where he attended school and graduated from Massena High School. On February 20, 1943, he entered the US Army serving in the Asiatic-Pacific and European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre during World War II. He was honorable discharged on February 24, 1946. On September 28, 1946, he married Margaret “Peg” Ward at the Church of the Sacred Heart with Rev. Gerald Kellogg, officiating. She predeceased him on February 7, 1996.

After his marriage, and with three young children at home, he started taking courses at Pittsburgh Watchmaking School where he learned the art of watch repair and the skills to become a jeweler. In 1950, he brought those skills home and opened his jewelry store, Peets Jewelers in Downtown Massena, which continues to operate today with the 3rd generation of Peets Family. Throughout his life, Olin was dedicated to his community, but after the tragic drowning death of his son, Michael and nephew, Gregory Morris; Olin became committed to the formation of Massena Rescue Squad and serving as their President for a time. As a strong supporter of the Massena Rescue Squad, he organized a community wide Christmas Card Fundraising Drive annually. He was also a past member of the Massena Volunteer Fire Department and current member of the Massena Exempt Fireman. He was a past member and President of the Downtown Merchants Association and was instrumental in securing funding for the downtown Christmas decorations. As a veteran, he was a Life Member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post #79, Life Member of the Gerald R. Roy AMVETS Post #4, and Earl J. Santimaw VFW Post #1143. A devout Catholic, Olin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1141 in Massena. When Olin wasn’t in his store or home, he could be found enjoying friendship at Bob’s Barber Shop or with the OTB guys at Pappy’s Bowl-Mor Lanes. He also enjoyed playing golf and camping at Coles Creek.

Olin is survived by his sons, Hugh O. Peets and his wife, Patty, and Patrick J. Peets and his companion, Debbie Santos, all of Massena; his son-in-law, Ronald Faucher of Syracuse; his grandchildren, Katie, Danny, Sean, Mike, Brian, David, Amanda, Shannon, and Jeramy; many great grandchildren; his brothers, Fred Peets of Hannawa Falls and Richard Peets of Canton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a son, Michael W. Peets on April 14, 1960, his daughter, Kristine Faucher on July 31, 2008; his sisters, Joyce Foster and Gertrude Morris; and his brother, Stanley Peets.

Friends may call Tuesday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 PM. Burial will be held privately in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider donations to Massena Meals on Wheels or Massena Rescue Squad in his memory.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Cornell Ave
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Cornell Ave
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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    Rev. Mark Reilly
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    Maple Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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Rose Fiacco

Posted at 10:24pm
My deepest condolences to the Peet’s family. Mr. Peet’s was so kind to me when I went in the store. When Bob and I got married 42 years ago, he told me to pick something out for my wedding gift. I looked up and saw a beautiful vase with drips of silver. I realized later that it was platinum! It holds a special place top center in my curio cabinet. I have thought about what a nice thing that was to do so many times when I look at it! I always say, “ Pat Peet’s dad gave us that. Then I think about Pat and what a great friend he was to my brother John. Thanks Pat. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Posted at 11:47am
With loving memories of Olin., he will never be forgotten. You are all in our thoughts and Prayers.
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Sr. Imelda Kirkey, OSM

Posted at 06:00pm
My heart goes out to the Peets family as they mourn Olin's passing. I can't think of a kinder or more helpful person than "Mr. Peets". Memories will keep him with us for years to come.

Raymond Belanger

Posted at 04:22pm
to the PEETS Family: A Gentleman that the Massena community enjoyed. He has and will be missed. Please accept my Mom's & my Sympathy and Condolences. Margie Belanger and son, Raymond Belanger

Mary Cole

Posted at 01:18pm
Our thougbts and prayers are with all the Peets family. Olin truly touched many lives. His dedication to his family, business and community went above and beyond. If you stopped in to Peets Jewelers for a purchase or repair. Chances are you saw him in his favorite spot behind the counter with a greeting ir a story. He will not be forgotten and will always hokd a special place in my heart. Rest in peace Olin. You deserve it. I'm sure God and your family were waiting with open arms!. You will be missed by those left behind.
Mary & Tim Cole and Family

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