Funeral services for Jesse M. Donaldson age 73 of the Murphy Road in Lisbon, will be held on Monday (Feb 10, 2014) at 6:00pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Smith officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Flackville Cemetery.
Calling hours will also be held on Monday from 3:00pm until the time of the service at the funeral home. Jesse passed away at his home early Friday morning (Feb 7, 2014) surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife Joan of 53 years; two sons and their wives Dale & Kathy Donaldson of Ogdensburg, Dwayne & Nicole Donaldson of Lisbon; two daughters and their husbands Darlene & Jeff Fournier of Ogdensburg and Donna & Tom Luckie Jr. of Ogdensburg; seven grandchildren Spencer & Vincent Durkee, Owen & Riley Luckie, Kelsi Donaldson, Claire & A.J. Donaldson; one great-grandchild Logan Dodd; four brothers James & Linda of Hermon, John & Sue of Rochester, Jerry & Ruth of Braselton, GA, Jeff & Lori of Gouverneur; two sisters Joanne & Bill DeLorraine of Gouverneur & Ellie Donaldson of Morley. A sister Janet Wells predeceased him.
Jesse was born on September 13, 1940 in Gouverneur, NY to the late Jesse & Catherine (Gallagher) Donaldson. He attended Gouverneur Central School for his education and married Joan LaRock on August 6, 1960. Early in his career he worked for the Village of Gouverneur and Vermont Evaporator. He then became employed for the Town of Lisbon where he worked for thirty two years and retired as their Highway Superintendant.
Jesse served four years on the Lisbon Town Board and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed golfing, attending his children and grandchildrens sporting events. His true passion was being a musician. He played for many years with various country music bands including the Martin Breakdown. The last several years he found true enjoyment with the Ole Barn Boys playing bluegrass and gospel music throughout the North Country. Jesse was known for his humor and love of a good joke with his family and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, 610 Patterson Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences may also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.