MASSENA – After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Mr. Lynn E. Backus, 73, peacefully passed away on Monday evening, March 31, 2014 at his home with his loving family by his side.
Lynn was born on December 12, 1940 in Gouverneur, the son of the late Ernest and Venita Davis Backus. Lynn attended schools in Hammond. During his senior year, his family moved causing him to graduate from Madrid-Waddington Central School. A marriage to Jean Dunn ended in divorce. On August 8, 1983, he met Cynthia L. Lawrence; together they have shared 30 beautiful years of live and love together.
Lynn was a general mechanic at Alcoa, retiring in 2001 after 39 ½ years of dedicated service. After his retirement, he enjoyed started delivering the Free Trader until becoming ill. He was a faithful communicant of the Church of the Sacred Heart and was a member of the Italian-American Civic Association. Lynn greatly enjoyed traveling, golfing, fishing, and hunting. Lynn was also active in coaching his stepdaughters sports, watching sports on television, and playing cards and games with his friends. But perhaps his greatest enjoyment was the precious times and memories he made with is beloved granddaughter, Faith. His twinkle in the eye will be sadly missed by many.
Lynn is survived by the love of his life, Cynthia; his sons, Alan and Ann Backus of Harbor Beach, Michigan; Mike and Rodney Backus, both of Ellenburg Center, New York; his stepdaughter, Angel and David Culver of Massena; his grandson, Paul Backus of Harbor Beach, Michigan; his granddaughter, Faith Culver of Massena; his great grandson, Jack Backus; and his brother, Roger and Jewel Backus of Chase Mills.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Brian Backus, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.
A celebration of Lynns life will be held at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena Friday 1:00 – 3:00 PM with a service being held at 3:00 PM with Rev. Donald Manfred, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.