Marcel Racine, 87, passed away Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, at the Alice Hyde Nursing Home, with his loving family at his side. He had been a resident there since Dec. 31, 2012.
Born in Casselman, Ontario, Canada, April 20, 1926, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Rose Alma Thibert Racine.
In 1941, Marcel was employed by Elmhurst Dairy in Huntingdon, Quebec, as a certified milk tester; in 1948 he transferred to their creamery in Montreal. In 1949, he moved to the United States and was employed by the Sentinel Elm Creamery in Malone until 1950. He worked for various farms in the Malone area until 1955. From 1955 until 1959 Marcel worked on the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and from 1959 until 61, he was employed by Dumonts Plumbing and Heating. Marcel then purchased a dairy farm in North Burke, N.Y., which he and his wife operated until 1973. After selling the farm, they moved to Malone and Marcel worked as a master carpenter for Boyea Brothers Mill until he retired in 1986.
Marcel met the former Joyce E. Lamica at Kellys Dance Hall on April 2, 1947, and they were married on July 5, 1949, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Constable by the late Rev. E. Charles Campeau. She predeceased him on July 20, 2013.
Marcel and Joyce attended daily Mass at Notre Dame Church for many years. He was a life member of the Notre Dame Holy Name Society, a member of the Notre Dame Prayer Group and the North Franklin Prayer Community and a Third Degree Member of the Malone Knights of Columbus. Marcel and Joyce served as eucharistic ministers, acolytes and lectors at Notre Dame Church. They distributed the Holy Eucharist to patients at the Alice Hyde Medical Center and Nursing Home and also the residents of the Farrar Adult Home. They produced more than 70,000 rosaries to be distributed to various missions, including India and Africa.
He was a member of the Malone Adult Center and the Franklin County Senior Citizens. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge, where he started the newsletter and had served as trustee for three years and publicity director for five years. Marcel was an accomplished wood worker and his works can still be viewed today at Notre Dame Church, where he had made the tabernacle stand and back panels, lectern, and altar chairs for the priests. He also made several hand-carved rosaries and wooden gifts for family and friends.
Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Ronald and Bonnie Racine of Albany, N.Y., and Gary and Rosemary Racine of Malone; two daughters and one son in law, Paulette Allen of Massena, N.Y., and Sharon and Michael DuMont of Pawleys Island, S.C.; two brothers, Armand and Aurel Racine, both of Valleyfield, Quebec; three sisters and brothers in law, Rita and Fidel Serre of Hanmer, Ontario, Alice and Lauren LaBelle of Calgary, Alberta, and Yvonne and Claude Quenneville of St. Anicet, Quebec; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Along with his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by six brothers, Real, Leandre, John, Lionel, Roger and Gaston Racine.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at the Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Home in Malone. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Church. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in the spring.
Arrangements are through the Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Service Inc. of Malone, N.Y.