Colin Byron Sayer, 97, formerly of Carthage, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013 at his home in New Port Richey, Florida.
Born August 10, 1915 in Black River, NY, he was the son of Edgar B. and Colice Caulfield Sayer. A graduate of Black River High School, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1933, serving in Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh, NY.
On June 9, 1937, he married Ruth Ella Lennox in Black River. She predeceased him after 63 years of marriage.
He served in the US Navy in the Pacific aboard the USS Hyde LPA-173 as a landing craft coxswain during WWII. Following the war, he and his wife moved to Carthage, NY where he worked as a logger and mechanic.
In 1978, he retired from his position as Supervisor of the Equipment Concentration Site at Fort Drum, NY and moved to Sanford, FL where he lived until his loving wife’s death on August 4, 2000.
On June 19, 2004, he married Vivian Godzicki of Oviedo, FL and moved to New Port Richey, FL. Colin was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in New Port Richey.
Colin was a Charter/Life member and Past Post Commander of VFW Post 7227, Carthage, NY. He was also a 4th Degree and Past Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 5357, Sanford, FL. Colin loved the water and spent his summers fishing, water skiing, and boating on Lake Ontario and Lake Bonaparte in NY. In his retirement, he was active in the Golden Age Olympics and Over 50 Club in Sanford, FL and became an avid painter.
He is survived by his two sons, Gary “Buddy” (Gloria) Sayer of Auburn, NY and Patrick (Betsy) Sayer of Ovid, NY; grandchildren, Michael (Sherry) Eckleman, Colin (Anna) Eckleman, Johnna Eckleman (John) Larkin; Kimberly Sayer (Don) Hurst, Judy Sayer (Bill) Foresman, Sharon Sayer (Steve) Golding; Jon (Peggy) Sayer, Timothy Sayer, William Sayer and Samuel (Jill) Sayer; 16 great grandchildren; his sister Dorothy Sayer McKinley Foltz and his brother Edgar William (Jean) Sayer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Marie Eckleman and a sister, Julia Sayer Sherrod.
There will be no services held in Florida. Colin’s ashes will be interred during a family graveside service in the spring at the Black River Cemetery in NY.
Local arrangements are with the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage. To leave an online condolence, go to www.bezanillafh.com.
Sunday, July 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
Funeral Homes Listings
Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Carthage
Calarco, D.L. Funeral Home, Watertown
Costello Funeral Service, Alexandria Bay
Cummings Funeral Service
Frederick Bros Funeral Home, Theresa
Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown
Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter
Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown
Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown
Cleveland Funeral Home,,Cape Vincent
Becker-Cleveland Funeral Home, Chaumont
Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage
T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, Clayton
Piddock Funeral Home, Adams
Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan
Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville
Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan
Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville
Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville
St. Lawrence County
IslandView Funeral Services, Morristown
Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop
Buck Funeral Home, Norwood
Fox-McLellan Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
French Funeral Home, Gouverneur
Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur
Allen-Nichols Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton
O'Leary Funeral Home, Canton
Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, De Kalb Junction
French Funeral Home Inc., Gouverneur
French Funeral Home Inc., Edwards
French Funeral Home Inc., Star Lake