Harold Jaquis

Harold Frederick Jaquis

Friday, April 22nd, 1938 - Saturday, August 17th, 2019
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It is with great sadness, we announce the death of Harold Frederick Jaquis on 8/17/2019, 81 of Lake Clear, New York. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters at the time of his passing.

Harold was born April 22, 1938, at home, to Anna Etta Friend Jaquis and Marion Jaquis.

Harold is survived by his loving wife (57 + years) and caregiver, Barbara Lee Clark Jaquis and his eldest daughter and caregiver, Caron Jaquis-Powers, and son-in-law, Francis Powers, and youngest daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Scott Dragoon. He is also survived by his only granddaughter, Jennifer Ball
and her family. He was blessed to have known his great-grandchildren, Katherine Willett, Nolan Ball, Alivia Balestrino-Ball, and Lilyann and Rosalee Powers. Harold is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law,
William and Barbara Joy Jaquis of Pennsylvania and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Shirley Townsend of Georgia, and sister-in-law and brother-in law, Bonnie and David Porter of Lake Clear. Harold's
special nephews and nieces also survive him and include: Michael Townsend, Jeanne Townsend Shannon, Pamela Jaquis Imes, Christopher Jaquis, Kim Webb and Willie Prue, as well as their families. Several cousins also survive him. His brother, Dickie Jaquis, his sister, Peggy Jaquis Townsend, his brothers-in-law, William Clark and Louis Prue, sister-in-law, Rose Prue, and nephews, William Jaquis, Jr. and George Townsend, IV,
predeceased him.

Harold grew up and lived in Lake Clear all his life up until this past year when he could no longer be taken care of at home. He had no desire to travel and he would often say, "What would I want to go there for? It won't
amount to anything. It's too far from Lake Clear."

He graduated from Saranac Lake High School and Canton A.T.I and then ventured to Buffalo to work at
the GM Plant with his Uncle Marston. He was subsequently drafted into the Army. He was stationed in Fort Dix, NJ, France, and Germany. He married Barbara Clark on December 2, 1961. After his discharge, he
started his construction career working for Frank Elliott, Charlie Fisher, Branch & Callahan and Tracy Trombley Construction until his retirement. He was an active member of the Carpenter's Local 1042 for over 50
years. He also served in the National Guards.

Harold left a legacy throughout the North Country. He was a master carpenter and spent his career building in the Adirondacks. Those who knew him will not only have fond memories, but we will also have some tangibles to share with all the visitors to Lake Placid. Harold and his partner, Don Goff, worked for Tracy Trombley Construction building structures for the 1980 Olympics. Harold and Don built the Judge's Tower at the ski jumps. He also was one of the tradesmen workers involved in the construction/erection of the ski jumps.

Harold continued with the Adirondack tradition. He was a caretaker for several Adirondack camps for many years. His carpentry craftsmanship will live on for decades to come. When Harold built something, he built it well. The family home he built for his wife is a prime example of his expertise.

Harold was a teacher, a mentor and a role model for his family and friends. He was always there to help with his daughters' homework especially Math and including Calculus. He often traded his building skills with his many close friends involved in electrical, plumbing and craftsmen trades.

Harold will be remembered well and often. The family would like to thank the Keene Valley Neighborhood House and Tupper Lake Mercy Care Center for his elder care.

The staff at both facilities treated Harold with care and dignity and gave the family comfort in this last phase of his life.

Funeral Arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY. Friends wishing to remember Harold may join the family at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Thursday, August 22, from 4-7pm.

A graveside service and burial will be held on Friday August 23rd, at 11:00 am at the Harrietstown Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Luncheon to follow with details provided after the burial.

And he always said he got the last two words, "Yes Dear."
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.
    20 Church Street
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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  • Service

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Harrietstown Cemetery
    Route 86
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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    Rev. Joanne White
  • Interment

    Harrietstown Cemetery
    Route 86
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: HIGH PEAKS HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE INC.


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Cora J Walter

Posted at 02:58pm
Dear Barb and Family,
So sorry for your loss. Harold was a good man and will be missed by all of us.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
With My Deepest Sympathy,
Cora (Gonyea) Walter

Linda Dragoon

Posted at 10:38pm
Debbie & Scott and family
So sorry for your loss. Losing a father is hard and even though he may not be here, remember he isn't that far away. Our heart goes out to you and your family.
Love Wayne & Linda

Deborah Dragoon Posted at 08:08am

Thank you Linda and Wayne.

Lilyann M. Hoyt

Posted at 06:58pm
I wish I could be there now to say goodbye with you all to my birthday twin. Always a gentleman was Harold, and a visit with him was a fine reward for a long drive; I shall miss him. Always a bit of a surprise, too -- in my whole life I have never run across another person with my given name and now after all these years I see there Jake's great-granddaughters a Lilyann.
My sympathies , Barbara, and my hopes for another visit at #108.
Lilyann (Lee) Hoyt

Deborah Dragoon Posted at 10:25am

It won't be the same celebrating your birthday without him. Thank you for your well wishes and hope to see you this summer.

Chuck & Janet Jaquis

Posted at 07:49am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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thomas kilroy

Posted at 04:40pm
hi barb, harold's obit was informative and well done. i didn't know him well and there was a lot to him. both of you were lucky to have each other. my condolences to you and the family at this time. tom kilroy

Deborah Dragoon Posted at 06:08pm

Thank you, Tom. We appreciate your condolences and kind words.

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