John P. Astafan, 69, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — John Peter Astafan, 69, of Duffy Road, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home Inc., Watertown.

John was born on June 11, 1951, in Carthage, NY, a son of the late Abraham and Marie Kamide Astafan. He graduated in 1969 from Carthage Central.

After high school he attended Paul Smith’s College before joining the City of Watertown Police Department from 1973 to 1987.

He also worked for Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, Carthage Area Hospital and most recently at Carthage Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. John was also in the U.S Navy Reserves from 1984 to 1990 when he was honorably discharged.

On May 26, 1984, John married Pamela J. LaMourey in Watertown.

John was an avid hunter and enjoyed camp life.

He was an accomplished builder and enjoyed doing home projects.

He is survived by his wife and children, Stacey (Wesley) Oppenheimer, OH; Alexandra Astafan, Watertown, and Kaitlyn (Scott McLaughlin) Astafan, Liverpool; his grandchildren, Tabitha (Brent), Hannah, Emma, Kinleigh; two sisters, JoAnn (Sonny) Ashlaw, Carthage and Gina (Ernie Waite) Astafan, Watertown; a brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Stacy LaMourey, CO; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors and medical staff at Samaritan Medical Center.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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