Funeral services for Richard Joseph Gemmill, age 87, of 510 East South Street, Ogdensburg, will be held on Monday, September 14, 2009 at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 10:00 AM with Rev. Terry LaValley officiating. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday at Frary Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Mr. Gemmill passed away on Tuesday, (September 08, 2009) at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.
Mr. Gemmill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Leona Adele; six daughters, Carol Sproul of Bangor, ME, Gloria Walrath of Ogdensburg, NY, Linda Gemmill of Ogdensburg, NY, Susan and her husband Chris Beltram of Lockport, NY, Leona and her husband Steve Ponko of Ogdensburg, NY and Gail Stewart of Ogdensburg, NY; five sons, Gary Gemmill of Florida, Glen and his wife Brenda of Dekalb, NY, Michael & his wife Lisa Gemmill of Brier Hill, NY, William and his wife Cathy Gemmill of Ogdensburg, NY and Ray and his wife MaryAnn Gemmill of Ogdensburg, NY; one sister, Arlene Snyder of Morristown, NY; thirteen grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Dickie, on March 12, 1967 at the age of 13; three brothers, Bobby, Raymond and Larry and two sisters, Myrtle Longshore and Joan Compo.
Mr. Gemmill was born on July 5, 1922 in Massena, NY, the son of Raymond and Pearl (Perry) Gemmill. He attended Massena Schools and later obtained his GED. He married Leona Adele Lovely on December 31, 1945. He worked at the Massena Steel Mill prior to entering into the United States Navy from 1941 until 1945. He then graduated from Tri City Barber School in NYC in 1946 and moved to Ogdensburg where he opened Dick’s Barber Shop on Ford Street until Urban Renewal came to Ogdensburg and he moved his shop to his home. He also worked at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for many years as a barber.
While Dick enjoyed deer hunting, he loved the peace and serenity of the outdoors even more. Dick was a devoted cast member of Showtime for 35 years, having recently received a plaque in his honor and was well known throughout the community for his singing talents.
Donations may be made in his memory to your local Veterans Outreach Program.