Sayer, 97, formerly of Carthage, passed away peacefully
Friday, April 5, at his home in New Port Richey, Fla.
Born Aug. 10, 1915, in Black River, the son of Edgar B. and
Colice Caulfield Sayer, he graduated from Black River
High School. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in
1933, serving in Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh.
He married Ruth Ella Lennox on June 9, 1937, 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 World War II.
Following the war, he and his wife moved to Carthage 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 and moved to Sanford, Fla., where he lived
until his loving wife’s death on August 4, 2000.
He married Vivian Godzicki of Oviedo, Fla., on June 19,
2004, and moved to New Port Richey, Fla.
Mr. Sayer was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in
New Port Richey, Fla.
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
In his retirement, he was active in the Golden Age Olympics
and Over 50 Club in Sanford, Fla., and became an avid
Surviving are two sons, Gary “Buddy” and Gloria Sayer,
Auburn, and Patrick and Betsy Sayer, Ovid, N.Y.;
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; a
sister, Dorothy Sayer McKinley Foltz; and a 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
There will be no services held in Florida.
His ashes will be interred during a family graveside service
in the spring at the Black River Cemetery.
Local arrangements are with Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home,
To leave a condolence, go to www.bezanillafh.com.
Information provided by Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home and
Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.