Richard Charles Gincel Jr., 86, Oxbow
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 4:43 pm

OXBOW -- Richard Charles Gincel Jr., age 86, passed away on March 19, 2017.

There will be calling hours for Richard from 1 - 3 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at French Funeral home in Gouverneur on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

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Richard was born, June 10, 1930 in Passaic, NJ to the late Richard C. Sr and Jessie (Dougherty) Gincel.

He went to Clifton High School, attended Fairly Dickerson University and received his MA after attending Rutgers University.

In 1953, he entered the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict as a radio operator, until his honorable discharge.

After a previous marriage, He and Jeanne Stein were wed on August 7, 1970 at Our Lady of Fatima RC in Piscataway, NJ.

Richard taught 5th grade, then served as the Principal in Lincoln Elementary and finalized his 32 years of service as principal at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ.

After retiring, he and his wife moved from their Hopatcong, NJ home, to Oxbow, NY in 1989.

Richard was an active member of the Gouverneur Rotary Club and honored the club with 25 years of perfect attendance.

He was also an active member and officer of the Oxbow Historical Association & the Edison Retired Principal Association.

In his free time, he enjoyed completing crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, and loved to Waltz.

He and his wife also loved to travel. Together they shared their summers off, driving 46 of the 48 contiguous states, Canada, Mexico and China.

Surviving Richard are his wife, Jeanne, of Oxbow; his two sons, Richard Edward Gincel of Tampa, Florida, Richard Charles Gincel III of Smyrna, TN; his four married daughters, Debbie Lyn and Bobby Langford, Atlanta, GA, Gretel Ida and Robert Fowler, Oxbow, Heidi Jeanne and T.J. Jannasch, Tuckerton, NJ, Sherry Lee and David LeBarron, Tampa FL; his sister, Sally Lawler, of Massachusetts and her five grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Richards Memory to Hospice of Watertown or North Country Red Cross of Jefferson County, NY.