Mr. Francis P. Austin, 88, of 4 Judith Street, unexpectedly passed away early Sunday morning, December 23, 2012 at the St. Regis Nursing Home, where he had been a resident since October 31st.
Francis was born May 11, 1924 in Canton, the son of the late Pearle Charles and Lena Blandin Austin. He graduated from Hermon High School in 1943. Francis served his country in the military during World War II, having been stationed in France and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his military service. On February 15, 1947, he married Josephine M. Germano at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Donald Sequin, officiating. Together, they were blessed with six children and 63 beautiful years of love and devotion to each other. Mrs. Austin predeceased him on January 17, 2011.
Francis was a clerk at Alcoa for 43 years, retiring in 1986. He was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he once was active in the Bereavement Committee and the Sacred Heart League. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Council #1141, the American Legion Post #79, and the Italian-American Civic Organization. Francis also volunteered for Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul at one time. He enjoyed collecting model cars and trucks, golfing, gardening, and doing crossword puzzles.
Francis is survived by his five children, Anthony and Maureen Austin of Lakeland, FL; David Austin of Ontario, NY; Connie Farnan of Greensboro, NC; Patrick Austin of Massena; Robert and Kaye Austin of Roseboro, NC; his daughter-in-law, Cathy Austin of Norwood; 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Craig Austin on March 21, 2010; a granddaughter, Lori Austin; three brothers, Philip E.; George “Pete”, and Harry D. Austin; and his sister, Gladys Patricia Eroli.
There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the spring at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery following the mass.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory the St. Regis Nursing Home Activities Fund or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com