Calling hours for Mr. Leroy A. Madison, age 89, of Potsdam, will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam. Burial with military honors will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the St. Lawrence NYSARC @ 6 Commerce Lane Canton, NY 13617 or to the West Stockholm Volunteer Fire Department @ P.O. Box 257 West Stockholm, NY 13696. Leroy passed away on Saturday, July 31st at the Massena Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since the 30th. Mr. Madison was a resident of the Highland Nursing Home in Massena. Condolences online can be sent www.garnerfh.com.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothea Madison of Potsdam; sons Paul Madison of Ogdensburg, and Kurt and Holly Madison of Manchester, VT; daughter Christine Sullivan of Saranac Lake; grandchildren Caitlin Sullivan, Laura and Paige Madison, and Daniel, Sarah and Susan Madison; and a sister, June Evans of Keene.
He was pre-deceased by his sisters Hope Spangenberg, and Ethel Fey.
Mr. Leroy A. Madison was born on July 15, 1921 in New York, New York to Leroy Magnusson and Inez Fagregren. He attended public school in New York City. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre in the 3rd Army Co. C 774 on the Tank Destroyer Division under General Patton. Leroy was a decorated WW II veteran. He was awarded five campaign battle stars. He served six years.
He received the award of the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart award in 1945. After his honorable discharge he attended Pratt Institute in New York City, the Parsons School of Design, and the Art Students League. He worked in the City as a Graphic Artist on Madison Ave. for J.W. Thompson and Sperry Hutchinson; he also worked in television as a set designer. In 1967 he became employed at Potsdam College as Director of Graphic Arts and Photography. He remained there until his retirement with Emeritus status in 1987.
He was locally known as a watercolor artist, especially for his “round barn” series. His work was shown widely and received awards in juried regional art exhibits. His paintings are in the collection of St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and the villages of Saranac Lake, Potsdam, and Tupper Lake, and in many other private and corporate civic institutions.
He was a member of the American Association of Graphic Artists, a Life Member of the Art Students League, and the University College Designers and Arts and Humanitarian Council of St. Lawrence County. He received the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross award from Governor Mario Cuomo for his military service to the United States. He was a member of the Potsdam American Legion.
He loved the Adirondacks and the North Country. He enjoyed camping and fishing. His first North Country experience was at the Trudeau Sanitarium for Tuberculosis in Saranac Lake when he was a child.