OGDENSBURG -- A Funeral Mass for Brian J. Wade, age 80, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan and Rev. Jay Seymour co-officiating.
Burial will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home.
Mr. Wade passed away on Sunday, March 19 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Brian was born on February 3, 1937 in Saratoga, a son of Walter & Margaret (Wolstenholme) Wade.
He graduated from Massena High School in 1955, where he was the quarterback of the football team that was undefeated during his years there.
He continued his studies at Ithaca College on a football scholarship, majoring in physical education.
He married Kathleen Warren of Guildford, CT on July 5, 1958.
Upon graduation from Ithaca in 1959, he returned to teach and coach at Massena School District for a few years and later moved to Newington, CT where he coached football for Loomis Preparatory School.
In1968, he was recruited by Alton “Slim” Elliott, who was the OFA athletic director at the time. Brian and Kathie relocated back to Ogdensburg where he started his career at Ogdensburg Free Academy coaching football, including several Section 10 championship teams until his retirement in 1994. It was also a privilege for Brian to serve as the Director of Physical Education and Athletics.
Surviving is his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Lisa Wade-Marney and her husband, James of Cary, NC; three sons, John Wade and his partner, Carlos Lopez of Ogdensburg, Michael Wade and his wife, Mary Malone McCarthy-Wade of Clinton, and Patrick Wade and his companion, Krista Derschug of Gates; former daughter-in-law, Ann (Sias) Makowiec of Baldwinsville; a brother, Timothy Wade and his wife, Leslie of E. Aurora; a sister, Sue Lameroux of Cornwall, Ontario; eight grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Marney and husband, Rodrigo Pedroza of New Orleans, Ryan Marney and his wife, Sarah of Cary, NC, Brian Patrick, Emily and Julia Wade, all of Gates, JP, Michael and Lizzy Wade, all of Clinton; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Ethan and Madelyn Marney; many nieces, nephews and cousins; his brothers-in-law, Bud Warren of Virginia Beach and John Warren of Ogdensburg, whom he considered both family and his dear friends.
A son, Brian J. Wade Jr, predeceased him on October 25, 1980.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 324 Washington St; Ogdensburg, NY 13669; or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave, New York, NY 10065.
Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.