William R. Porteous

December 19, 1924January 11, 2021

A graveside service for William R. Porteous, age 96 formerly of Lisbon will be held in the spring at Madrid Cemetery. Mr. Porteous passed away on Monday (January 11, 2021) at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton.

Surviving are three daughters Pamela (Melvin) Bindell of Hainesport, NJ, Sandra (James) Flavin of New Sweden, ME and Laurel (Edmond) Tomac of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; grandchildren Benjamin (Ariel) Flavin of Brooklyn NY, Nicholas (Katie) Flavin of Gray ME, Katie (Shawn) Conley of Pawling NY, William Tomac of Santa Rosa FL and Nicole Tomac & Syd of Juliet TN; great-grandchildren Finneas, Juliet, Ruby, Rosie, Lucia & Killian; a sister Erma Carkner of Madrid; along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen in 2017 and a brother Rex in infancy.

Bill was born on December 19, 1924 in Waddington NY, a son of the late Earl J. & Helen S. (Fife) Porteous. He attended Waddington rural school and later graduated from Madrid High School. He was married to Helen Sloan on August 17, 1947 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ogdensburg.

During his career, he operated a dairy farm from 1930 to 1950, worked three years for the County Highway Department, 10 years for Millbrook Bread and in 1965, he became a State Farm insurance agent in Waddington where he worked for the next 30 years. He retired in 1995 then worked as a consultant until 2002.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading his western novels, woodworking, lawn work, traveling, dancing, spending time with his family and conversations with others. Memorial contributions can be made to the Scotch Presbyterian Church, 35 County Route 33, Madrid, NY 13660. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at


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Bonnie Foster Foster

January 15, 2021

Sandy, Pam, Laurel and families,

Please except my sincere condolences and sympathy. Your dad was such a special gentle, kind man. Your dad and I made some great memories. He really enjoyed my jokes and my cooking. I would read the paper and he especially liked the funnies. He also loved the Polka Show and of course his westerns. Although his sight was failing I wish you could have seen the look on his face and the huge smiles when I baked a special pie or meal, His whole face would light up. I have missed him and I regret not being able to visit him in the nursing home. May God Bless Him, he is with your mom now and finally at rest.

Bonnie Foster






Gene Williams

January 14, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bills passing. I am the brother of his partner Bruce, in the hunting camp in Oswagotchie, NY. Spent lots of time with Bill and Bruce “at camp”.

Bob Putnam

January 13, 2021

Pamela, As a former classmate of yours at Madrid-Waddington ( Class of'66), I wish to offer my sincere condolences and prayers. May God bless.

Danielle Plumadore

January 12, 2021

Such a wonderful joyous photo of Bill! So sorry for your loss...keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Danielle and Ally Plumadore

Ronald Day

January 12, 2021

To the Porteous Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron & Sheila Day Heuvelton