TUPPER LAKE - William Kenneth Jessie, 85, of Piercefield, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his homeon March 14, 2012.
Born Oct. 1, 1926, in Tupper Lake, Bill was the son of Ernest and Grace (Peck) Jessie. He married Glorya Zande in 1949.
Bill entered the U.S. Army in 1948 and served for two years when he was medically discharged due to what became a lifelong illness. Bill worked as a building contractor until he began his own business of Jessie and Horan.
He was an active man, participating in the Tupper Lake Baseball League, which he continued to play with until his 50s, the Tupper Lake Bowling League where he bowled for many years, and the Tupper Lake Golf League, which he was active in until he was well into his 80s. Golf was his passion, as he was a member of the men's six-man team several times, and he was very proud of his two hole-in-ones. Bill also coached an undefeated women's softball team that his daughters were a part of for several years. He also ran the outdoor skating rink in downtown Tupper Lake for many years. He enjoyed hiking and the outdoors always and was famous for his lawn, pond and garden. He specialized in his gladiolas, which he shared with his dialysis team, the ladies of the U.S. Postal Service, family and many others.
He is survived by his companion of many years, Judith Courtney, and his four loving daughters: Lisl and Jeffrey Tedford of Bloomingdale, Gia and Carl Demarais of Angier, N.C., Tina Jessie of Tupper Lake, and Gaye and John O'Neil of Bloomingdale; and Judith's family: Richard Courtney of California and John Courtney of Parishville; Judith's three daughters: Lynn Courtney of Ohio, Debbie Courtney Ball of Canton and Deanna Courtney of Tupper Lake; and his brother Ernest and his wife Rita Jessie; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David of New Mexico; his brothers: Vincent Jessie and Robert Jessie and his sisters: Elizabeth (Demars) and Fern (Mazur).
Calling hours are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 19, followed by a funeral service at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A reception will follow at the VFW hall.
Memorial donations may be made to High Peaks Hospice or AMC Dialysis Center. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.