John B. Smithers, Sr., 86, Castorland

CASTORLAND, NY — John B. Smithers, Sr., 86, of State Route 126, died peacefully early morning on June 29, 2022, at his home under the care of his loving family and Lewis County Hospice.

Born Dec. 1, 1935, in Heuvelton, NY, to the late John and Elvira Zelle (Keyes) Smithers, he graduated from Heuvelton Central School.

He was a machinist, and was employed by the New York Air Brake in Watertown for 32 years.

John married Diane Gayne on July 2, 1960. Mrs. Smithers died on April 16, 1976.

He is survived by his children, John B. Smithers, Jr., and his wife Tammy (Finley), Gouverneur, NY; Deborah Smithers, Pelham, NH; Scott Smithers, Theresa, NY; and Steve (Karie) Smithers, Pelham, NH.  John is also survived by several siblings, Lucy Johnson, Grand Rapids, MI; Carmen Mussen, Anderson, SC; Elaine Thompson, Potsdam, NY; Rita Hillborne, Ogdensburg, NY; Francis Baxter, Norfolk NY; and 5- grandchildren, Lea, Eric, Kieley, Zack, Megan and two great-grandchildren.

John was an avid sprint car racing fan! Known for his eagle-eye for treeline treasures, and was a renowned pie connoisseur.

He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Diane, and several siblings, Alice Sinzer, Clara Newton, and Frank Smithers.

A private burial will be held in the Sandford Corners in Calcium, New York.

Arrangements are with the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, NY.

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