John L. Tennant, 77, Ogdensburg
Monday, December 24, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Funeral services for John L. Tennant, age 77, of Ogdensburg will be held on Friday December 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ogdensburg with Rev. Laurena Will officiating. Foxwood Memorial Park will be his place of rest.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Tennant passed away unexpectedly on Sunday December 23, 2012 at his home.

Surviving are his wife, Jean; a son, Kurt Tennant and his wife Sylvia of Ogdensburg; a daughter, Lora Tennant of Seattle, WA; a brother, Carl Tennant and his wife Sherry of Palo Cedro, CA; a sister, Phyllis Hamilton of Henderson, NV; grandchildren, Elly, Lynsay, William and Jack Tennant of Ogdensburg; a niece, Christine Tennant of Palo Cedro, CA; and a nephew, Ryan Foley of Henderson, NV.

John was born on April 14, 1935 in Watertown, a son, of the late Lee E. & Mildred (Osborne) Tennant. He served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1960 when he received his honorable discharge. He married H. Jean Hughes on August 21, 1964 at the First Presbyterian Church in Montreal, Quebec.

He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from St. Lawrence University where he played varsity football and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He later received a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Indiana University.

He began his career at Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute in Peterborough, Ontario where he worked as a counselor, and a football and wrestling coach. In 1968, he came to Ogdensburg and began work at OFA as a guidance counselor and assistant football coach. In 1983, John then worked for St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES as a special education counselor until his retirement in 1993.

He enjoyed visiting with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to visit his daughter in Seattle and spent his free time gardening, which was his favorite hobby. He was an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees, and Syracuse Basketball fan. He is a life member of the Elks, Moose Lodge, Am Vets, American Legion and DAV. John frequently socialized around town delivering his hot peppers and soups to his friends while enjoying a pint.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Society of United Helpers. Condolences can be share also online at