Gerald A. Bearup, 73, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY —  Gerald A. Bearup, 73, Clayton, passed away May 31, 2023, at Samaritan Summit Village where he had been a resident since 2020.

Gerald was born 1949 at Mercy Hospital in Watertown to Melvin Henry Bearup Sr. and Teresa Jane Bogenschutz. He was educated at Clayton Central School.

He married Sherry Pickett on April 24, 1971, at St. Mary’s Church in Clayton. He was the owner/operator of Bearup Construction until his retirement.

Gerald is survived by his two children, Jay Bearup (Andrea Cahalan), Clayton; Jerrie-Lynn (Jon) Emerton, Watertown; a sister Ellen Stiefel (Gordon), Clayton; granddaughters, Isabelle and Sophia Emerton, Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Sherry Bearup; two brothers, Melvin and Francis Bearup.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed long talks with his friends in his workshop, working outdoors, gardening, and the River. His grandchildren were the light of his life in his later years and he cherished every moment he could watching them grow.

Arrangements with Cummings Funeral Service are private and will be held at the convenience of his family.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Thousand Islands Land Trust, P.O. Box 238, Clayton, NY 13624.