Robert Paul Rice

Robert Paul Rice, 71, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Gouverneur.
There are no funeral services and arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Paul was born in Canton on June 7, 1947 and was raised by his parents Lloyd and Eva Peck Rice on the family farm in Macomb.
He enjoyed gardening, drawing and painting, spending time outdoors and with his dog. Paul also enjoyed searching for and collecting Indian artifacts, rocks, and minerals. He was a member of several mineralogy associations including the St. Lawrence County Rock & Mineral Club and had donated mineral specimens to the local colleges and museums.
Paul is survived by his nieces and nephews Bruce Rice of Macomb, Mary Rice of Hammond, Jane Zeller of Fowler, Bobby Rice of Pillar Point, several great nieces and great nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, a brother Forrest Rice, a niece Patsy Liscum and nephews David and Emerson Rice.
Memorial donations in Paul's memory may be made to the St. Lawrence County Rock & Mineral Club.

Robert G. “Bob” Tripp

Robert G. "Bob" Tripp, 79 passed away on Friday June 08, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.   As per Bob's wishes a private family graveside service will held at Hailesboro Cemetery.  
Robert is survived by his wife Phyllis, two sons Robert Jr. of Richville, and Brian of Fowler; two daughters Deborah and her husband Kevin Hadfield of Fowler, and Carol and her husband Piere Besaw of Fowler; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.  He is also survived by two sisters; Faye Stronach of Gouverneur, and Bernice Lariccio of Binghamton. He is predeceased by two sisters, Jean Bowman and Louise Conklin.
Bob was born on February 15, 1939 in Ogdensburg, a son of the late Carl and Eva Baker Tripp.  On December 01, 1958 he married the love of his life, Phyllis Fuller at the Gouverneur First United Methodist Church Parsonage with Rev. Wood officiating. Bob and Phyllis celebrated their marriage together for 59 years.
Bob owned and operated several businesses over the years.  He operated a construction company, he operated Bob's Market and diner in Fowler, and also Tripp Fuel Company in Fowler.  Bob was a life member of the Gouverneur Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed raising Honey Bees and operating heavy equipment and spending time at his camp in Waddington.
Memorial donations in Bob's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Syracuse NY Office, 6390 Fly Road 2nd Floor, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to the American Heart Association, Memorial/Tribute Processing Center, PO box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.  Arrangements are with Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Service notice: Iva Storie

A funeral service for Iva Storie will be held on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with her burial to follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammond. Calling hours are 1-2 pm on Saturday, previous to the funeral and 6-8 pm, Friday evening. Iva passed away on February 25th, 2018.

Service Announcements

Service Announcements

GOUVERNEUR – The funeral service for Retha H. Brown, of Gouverneur, who passed away on February 11, 2018, will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gouverneur First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home.
HARRISVILLE – The burial service for Marla R. Martin, formerly of Harrisville, who passed away on April 18, 2018, will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Harrisville Cemetery. Arrangements are with French Family Funeral Home.

Garnet A. Hills

Garnet A. Hills, 86, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Gouverneur American Legion. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Garnet was born in DeKalb on June 5, 1931, the son of Albert and Vivian Lucus Hills.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and worked at Groveton Paper Mill for nearly 20 years before working for the Town of Gouverneur, retiring as town superintendent in 1992.
Garnet married Mary K. Casey on June 10, 1961 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley E. Brown officiating.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping, especially at Westcott Beach, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with family.
Garnet is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary, his 2 daughters Janet E. and Carl Rivers Jr. of Calcium, Sharon A. Liscum of Gouverneur, his son Brian Hills of Gouverneur, 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandsons, several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, a brother William Hills, a sister Marjorie Morse, and a son-in-law Kurt Liscum.
Memorial donations in Garnet's memory may be made to Cerebral Palsy of the North Country, NNY Community Foundation, 120 Washington Street, Suite 400, Watertown, NY 13601.

David Spaulding

RICHVILLE – David Alan Spaulding, age 65, of Richville, passed away on April 7, 2018 at home.
David was born on June 3, 1952 in Gouverneur to the late Wesley J. and Ruth H. (Raven) Spaulding. He graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1970, Canton ATC, and from Syracuse University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree.
David served in the United States Army Reserves from 1972 until his honorable discharge in 1978. He worked for many years for Lockheed Martin in Syracuse as a Quality Control Manager, gaining access to the highest security clearance information and traveling across the world.
He loved technology and was often sought by family and friends for research and assistance. He had an interest in genealogy and found the importance of family and history.
His survivors include his son, Anthony “Tony” Spaulding of Auburn, NY; his brother, Wayne Billups of Groton, NY; 2 sisters, Gayle Spaulding of Baldwinsville, NY and Karen Jordan of Houston, TX.
David is predeceased by his parents and a sister, Joan Stenzel.
Funeral arrangements with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur are private. Condolences may be shared online at

Donald E. Jesmer

Williamson/Gouverneur:  Donald E. Jesmer entered into rest on August 10, 2017 at the DeMay Living Center at age 93.
Predeceased by his wife: Theresa Jesmer; son: Richard Jesmer.
He was born in Potsdam, NY to the late Charles and Margaret (Lawrence) Jesmer.
Don proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1945-1949. He worked as a Zinc Miner for St. Joe's Mineral Corporation and retired after many years. He was an avid outdoorsman especially loving to fish and hunt.
Survived by son: Stephen (Donna) Jesmer; daughter: Debbie (Gary) Schaefer; daughter in law: Carol Jesmer; grandchildren: Nicole, Ricky, Brenda, Shannon, Summer, Brandy, Desiree, Lindsey, Kinsey, Kaitlyn, and Carley; 13 great grandchildren; many extended family and friends.
Private interment in East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur, NY.
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