Private graveside services for John C. Mitchell, age 92, of Hammond, NY, will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery in Waddington, NY. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mr. Mitchell passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Riverledge Rehabilitation Facility.
John is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Deborah Mitchell of Ogdensburg, NY; twin sons, David and Donald Mitchell, who continue to operate the family farm and a beloved niece, Dorothy Wilson of Rock Island, TN. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Viola Pemberton and Margaret Noble.
John was born on February 6, 1927, on the Mitchell Road in Macomb, NY, to Clair and Clara Castle Mitchell. When he was five the family moved to Dannamora where his father was a cook at the prison. In 1939, they moved to a dairy farm in Waddington, NY. On June 16, 1949, he married Ann Allison and they continued to farm until 1956 when the St. Lawrence Seaway took the farm. It was located on the narrowest point in the St. Lawrence, known as Point Three Points. They purchased a farm in Hammond in 1955.
John was a member of the Hammond Volunteer Fire Department for many years and a cook at the Hammond 4-H and FFA Fair, known for his hamburgers. He was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, owning four in his lifetime and loved fast boats, snowmobiles, ice fishing and parties at the “Sugar House,” a camp on the farm.
John was known for his love of all animals, the family requests that any donations in his memory be made to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA, PO BOX 594, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.