John A. Lettiere, 95, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  John A. Lettiere, 95, Holiday, FL, and formerly of Watertown and Frankfort, NY, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in Trinity, FL.

John was born July 14, 1927, in Oswego, a son of Joseph and Pasqualena Signorile Lettiere. He attended Cooper Street School, North Junior, and graduated from Watertown High School.

On July 30, 1945, he entered the US Navy. He received the American Theatre and Victory Medals and was honorably discharged on May 31, 1946, as a fireman 2nd class. While in the service, he was stationed stateside which included NY, CA, and aboard the USS Barton.

On May 15, 1951, he married Arlene Eager at St. Andrew’s Church in Sackets Harbor with Rev. John Kennedy officiating. Mrs. Lettiere died on Oct. 23, 2016.

John was the superintendent of Lettiere Construction retiring in 1995 after 58 years of service to the company.

He was a former communicant of Holy Family Church, Watertown and All Saints Church, Chaumont and he enjoyed volunteering in church activities. He was a member of the Elks Club, American Legion, and the Black River Archery Club. He was very active in the Beacon Square Civic Association, Holiday, FL.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, skiing, skating, wood working, and bowling, but especially being with his family and his “grand dogs”, especially Dyson.

John is survived by his three children, Cathy Fayette and husband Gary, Frankfort, NY, Deborah Davis and husband Steven, Richfield Springs, NY, and John J. “J. J.” Lettiere and wife Jamie, Holiday, FL; four grandchildren, Michael Fayette and wife Valene, Amanda Bush and husband Todd, Derek Loonan and wife Samantha, and Danielle Monahan and husband Jason; 8 great grandchildren; brother William Lettiere and wife Renee, Melbourne, FL; two sisters, Angela Bombardo and husband Nicholas, Leesburg, FL and Anne Conto, Watertown; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with his parents and wife, John was predeceased by grandson Jason M. Loonan; five brothers, James, who died at eighteen months due to diptheria, and James, Carl, Angelo, and Frank Lettiere; and two sisters, Mary Soares and Grace Squicciarni.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Holy Family Church, Watertown. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery with military honors will follow the Mass.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to your local Cancer Society.