John John L. Tennant

April 14, 1935December 23, 2012

Funeral services for John L. Tennant, age 77 of Ogdensburg will be held on Friday December 28, 2012 at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church in Ogdensburg with Rev. Laurena Will officiating. Foxwood Memorial Park will be his place of rest.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Tennant passed away unexpectedly on Sunday December 23, 2012 at his home.

Surviving are his wife, Jean; a son, Kurt Tennant & his wife Sylvia of Ogdensburg; a daughter, Lora Tennant of Seattle, WA; a brother, Carl Tennant & his wife Sherry of Palo Cedro, CA; a sister, Phyllis Hamilton of Henderson, NV; grandchildren, Elly, Lynsay, William & Jack Tennant of Ogdensburg; a niece Christine Tennant of Palo Cedro, CA; a nephew, Ryan Foley of Henderson, NV.

John was born on April 14, 1935 in Watertown, NY, a son, of the late Lee E. & Mildred (Osborne) Tennant. He served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1960 when he received his honorable discharge. He married H. Jean Hughes on August 21, 1964 at the First Presbyterian Church in Montreal, Quebec.

He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from St. Lawrence University where he played varsity football and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He later received a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Indiana University.

He began his career at Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute in Peterborough, Ontario where he worked as a counselor, and a football and wrestling coach. In 1968, he came to Ogdensburg and began work at OFA as a guidance counselor and assistant football coach. In 1983, John then worked for St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES as a special education counselor until his retirement in 1993.

He enjoyed visiting with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to visit his daughter in Seattle and spent his free time gardening, which was his favorite hobby. He was an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees, and Syracuse Basketball fan. He is a life member of the Elks, Moose Lodge, Am Vets, American Legion and DAV. John frequently socialized around town delivering his hot peppers and soups to his friends while enjoying a pint.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Society of United Helpers.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, December 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2012

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Valerie Burditt

May 9, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Vince Franchina

January 3, 2013

Sorry to hear about John's passing. I have such happy memories of our San Diego and Seattle USS Essex Reunions. Our sympathy to Jean and family.

Allan Baker

January 1, 2013

I so miss my Old Navy friend of 54 years. Our sympathy to Jean and family

Allan Baker

January 1, 2013

I shall miss my friend of 54 years. Our sympathy to Jean and the family

Lisa Osier

December 30, 2012

Sorry to hear about John . I was in NJ visiting Shelly.
Love and Prayers
Ann McCarthy and Family

James Frisina

December 29, 2012

Jim and Anne Frisina send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Jean and the entire Tennant family.

Katie Woodhead Roy

December 28, 2012

Mrs T, Kurt & Laura....I was saddened to hear about John's passing. I have such fond memories of him and your family. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all during this difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Tressie Sellers

December 28, 2012

Lora, my heart goes out to you and your family. I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss.

Sharron Francis

December 28, 2012

To the Tennant Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am from John's very distant past...I graduated with Phyllis and she and I have been friends since kindergarten...I remember John so well...the Tennants lived next door to us on Broad St. in Potsdam so I knew the whole family..John always played football with my brother, Francis Brault, and Pat Giuliani in my parents side yard. Please know that I remember him with such fondness. He was part of my growing up years...although 7 years my senior. Phyllis and I gave him many headaches I am sure. Although I don't know any of you except Phyllis and Carl, please know that I am thinking of you during this time of grief and I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Sharron Dwyer Francis


December 28, 2012

lora,kurt, and jean...i must not forget you grandchildren who will be left with happy memories....and karyn and dave....who traveled through the storm to be there...ceil(again)