Earl E. Empey, 77, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Earl Eugene Empey, 77, formerly of West Main Street, died on May 26, 2018 at the Ellis Farm, the Hospice House of Jefferson County with his family by his side.

Born July 17, 1940, in Carthage, NY, the son of the late Arthur Charles and Edith Rose Brow Empey, he attended Carthage Central Schools.

Earl was a heavy equipment operator and worked throughout the north country for Tug Hill Construction and Barrett Construction.

A marriage to Rose Chapman Empey ended in divorce.

Earl is survived by his sisters, Rosemary (Lynn) Hofer, Watertown; Margie Decker, Watertown; Dorothy (Mike) Cook, Rock Hill, SC; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Empey, Theresa; a step-daughter, Bonnie (John) Kovacs, Castorland; a step-grandson, Michael Kovacs, Castorland; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his beloved parents, Earl was predeceased by a brother, Arthur John Empey.

Earl (affectionately known as “Gene” by his family and friends) loved nature and spending time in the outdoors.  He enjoyed watching old western movies, playing his guitar, sitting in the park, and hunting and fishing; especially in the ocean with his nephew David Nolan.

To honor Earl’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A private burial will be held by his family.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are being handled by the Northridge Cremation Chapel owned and operated by Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc., located on the Townline Road in Philadelphia, NY.

Online condolences in his memory can be made www.lundyfuneralhome.com.