Roland C. Demers

December 30, 2012

CARTHAGE, N.Y.    Roland C. Demers, 91, formerly of Maiden Lane, Great Bend, died early Sunday Morning, Dec. 30, at The Country Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where he has been a resident since November.

Born May 31, 1921, in Montreal Quebec, Canada, the son of David and Agnes LaLonde Demers, he moved to the Newton Falls area as a child where he attended Newton Falls Schools. 

Mr. Demers served in the United States Navy from June 17, 1940, to August 1948. He then joined the Naval Reserves in Watertown which he retired from the military in 1977.

He married Josephine Turpin on January 19, 1946 at the St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church, Deferiet, with the Rev. Alex Clairmont officiating.

He was employed by the St. Regis Paper Co, for 35 years, retiring in 1983.

He was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church, Deferiet Senior Citizens. He was also a member of The Felts Mills American Legion Post #1502, Fleet Reserve Assn. of The United States Navy.

Surviving are two sons, Roland, Baldwinsville, and Dennis and his wife Peggy, Liverpool; two daughters and their husbands, Joanne and Michael Coleman, Port Orange Fla., and Christine and Paul Sherbino, Redwood; a brother, Leon Demers, Tonawanda; five grandchildren, a step-granddaughter, 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine, who died in 2008, and a sister, Jane Saber.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Scherer Funeral Home., 500 State Street. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church, Deferiet. Burial will follow in the Black River Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Scherer Funeral Home, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage.

Donations in his memory can be made to: Sisters of the Precious Blood
, 400 Pratt St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Information provided by Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Inc., and, Watertown, N.Y.