Colin B. Sayer

April 5, 2013 

CARTHAGE, N.Y.    Colin Byron 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 Bonaparte. 

In his retirement, he was active in the Golden Age Olympics and Over 50 Club in Sanford, Fla., and became an avid painter.

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 Sherrod.

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, Carthage. 

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