Roger Almeron Huntley, 82, of Canton, died November 3, 2010 in Massena Hospital under Hospice Care after being in Massena’s St. Regis nursing home for 3 months. He was born in Canton, September 3, 1928, third son to Wright W. Huntley (SLU ‘13) and Annie Rule Huntley. Roger’s early childhood through the Great Depression with his father required surviving off the farm homestead. They raised pigs to help pay for the mortgage and traded eggs and hand knit mittens for groceries.
Roger’s early career of dairy farming began using gas lanterns and horse drawn equipment. Utilities were a two-seater outhouse and a metal tub for bathing, water heated from a wood stove! His schooling started at the Crary Mills one room school house before centralized schooling in Canton.
He enjoyed track, baseball, basketball, 4 years of football being the first lineman at Canton to be elected captain in his freshman year of high school.
In his early agriculture career, extra income outside of dairy farming was derived from cutting ash trees and trucking logs to Cornwall, Canada, to be made into hockey sticks and bowling pins. His 2nd major love was taking his chainsaw to the woods with his sons and Jack Lobdell. Roger’s enjoyment for the woods and horses continued throughout his entire life.
Roger’s auctioneering career began in 1959. He traveled through-out the North County conducting all types of auctions, making many friends where ever he went. With the help of his family, especially his daughter Helen, his career continued for 50 years. He retired at age 81 holding five auctions in 2009.
Roger created and coached the Pierrepont Tigers basketball team in 1953, he was one of the founders and former Chief of the Pierrepont Fire Department, Canton School Board Member, involved with the Husky Workers and Mighty Pines 4-H clubs, a Grange member and an active member of the Crary Mills Presbyterian Church, Crary Mills Community Center, and Crary Mills Playground. He enjoyed supporting the local school’s sport teams and was a natural youth advocate for numerous children in the area as a mentor, employer and supporter for over 5 decades.
Roger received The Recognition of Courageous Act, 1988; VFW Certification of Appreciation; St. Lawrence C o. Fire Chief Act of Heroism; and was a TAUNY Heritage Award recipient.
Roger’s 1st major love was his wife of 58 years, Ann Latimer. Married August 23rd, 1952 in the Crary Mills Church; they raised six children, Douglas Wright (Mary-Jane), Rebecca Louise (John Sylvestri), Daniel Lyle (Christine), Robin Walton, Helen Annie (Pat Mace) and Sandra Carol (John Levandowski) and his legacy will be remembered with love and laughter by his children and grandchildren, Garrett, Jane, Brett, Danielle, Ryan, Sarah, Steve, Bryan, Deana, Dillon, Rachael, Macy, Kaeli, Samantha, Mary-Kait, Jenna, Bridget, and J.J; and his great grandsons, Hunter and Rocco.
Roger was predeceased by his brothers, Howard and John (SLU ‘49).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crary Mills Presbyterian Church, in care of Linda Seeger, 21 County Rt. 35, Canton, 13617 or Crary Mills Community Center in care of Pat Matthews, 6346 County Route 27 lot 9, Canton, NY 13617, or simply do a good deed in Roger’s memory.
Calling hours will be Sunday, November 7th at The Lawrence Funeral home, Canton 3-6 p.m. Memorial Service Monday, November 8th, 11 a.m. at Crary Mills Presbyterian Church with reception following at the Crary Mills Community Center.
Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org.