Walter "Jay" Ferris

July 23, 1928September 3, 2020

Walter “Jay” Ferris, age 92, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his home in Heuvelton, NY surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 23, 1928 in Ogdensburg, NY, a son of the late Hiram Henry & Carrie Ellen (Poor) Ferris. He grew up, attended school, and lived in Heuvelton all his life.

He married Doris M. Swerdfeger on August 31, 1948 in Morristown, NY.

Jay later served in the United States Marine Corp from 1952 to 1954. During his career, he was a bus driver for Heuvelton Central School for 30 years while running his fuel delivery business, “Jay Ferris Oil” at the same time. He enjoyed hunting, riding motorcycles, traveling, woodworking and spending winters in Florida. Jay was also a member of the Spruce Mountain Hunting Club and the Seaway Riders Motorcycle Club.

Mr. Ferris is survived by Doris, his wife of 72 years; his sister-in-law, Lila Ferris; nieces and nephews Walt Ferris, Sylvia Tennant, Shirley Todd, Larry Todd, Kim Richards, John, Greg and Lenny Lacombe; as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews; numerous cousins, and his network of close friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Roger.

At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Heuvelton Fire Department. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared online at


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Walter "Jay" Ferris

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Darlene Griffith

September 13, 2020

So sorry for your loss Doris. JAY will always be remembered for his kindness, stories and his good nature. He definitely made a footprint on my children's world. Thank you JAY. Rip.

Linda Whyte

September 12, 2020

Jay was a good bus driver and fuel man
RIP Mr Ferris

Shirley Cline

September 12, 2020

Doris sorry for your great loss. May he forever Rest In Peace. God Bless You.

Stephen Bayne

September 11, 2020

Saddened to hear about the passing of Jay. At an early age you peaked my interest in motorcycles boats and trucks. I loved to come to your house to look at your motorcycles both dirt and road and esp liked your dune buggy. You will be missed and sorry I didn’t get down this summer to show you my newest bike. You and Dad probably will be driving bus in heaven!!

Maureen Richardson

September 9, 2020

Doris, so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to all. Sorry I am not able to pay my condolences at this time, as I am in the hospital.

Neil,Helen,Mike and Nancy Parish

September 7, 2020

Our hearts are saddened to learn of Jay’s passing. We have known Jay over 50 years, beginning when he delivered oil to our home in DePeyster. He always told us if we couldn’t pay for the fuel right then, not to worry. We bought his blue “JAY BIRD” truck from him when we lived in DePeyster. Nancy loved that truck! Doris, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. The Neil Parish family. College Station, Texas

Joyce Rayburn

September 7, 2020

Rest in Peace Jay. You were a good bus driver, caring for the students you transported. Thoughts and prayers to your wife and family.

Rich Stoner

September 7, 2020

May Jay rest in peace and his wife Doris find solace in knowing Jay is now riding in the clouds.

Dana (Todd) Bushey Isabella

September 6, 2020

I'm not sure how to capture a lifetime of memories, but I can say that I'm grateful for the influence Uncle Jay had on my life. Always a smile. That twinkle in his eye. A great listener. Giving. Caring. Loving. Dedicated. Smart. Talented. Resourceful. There was always something to look forward to. I will miss you and carry on with you in my heart.

Jerry Grenier

September 5, 2020

From 1st grade til graduation Jay got me to school and back home everyday safely. He was a great man who took good care of the children on his bus route (Bus #18). Today after retiring from two different careers, I am driving a school bus in Killeen TX. I'll never forget the wonderful man who set the example for any school bus driver to emulate. RIP Jay Bird.


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