Passed away on November 28, 2018
Albert F. Cheney, 73, of Sanfordville, NY passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Funeral arrangements are being made with the Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam. A memorial service and reception will be held in the Spring. His final resting place will be at West Stockholm Cemetery. On line condolences can be shared @www.garnerfh.com. Albert was born October 14, 1945 in Potsdam to Harold and Reda (Davis) Cheney. He graduated from Potsdam High School in 1964, continuing his education at Canton ATC with an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering 1966. He was married to Lorraine (Dygert) Cheney in March of 1966. After graduation they moved to Rochester and was employed by Taylor Instruments from 1966-1968. Niagara Mohawk (Orion Power) hired him in 1968, his family moved to Star Lake, then to Sanfordville in 1971. While working 40 hours/week, he also made time to build the family home which was completed in 1973. Albert was predeceased by wife, Lorraine, January 2017 from ALS. He is survived by sister, Carolyn Cheney, daughters, Diane (Cheney) Bell, Lynn (Cheney) Duciewicz and son, David Albert Cheney. Diane is married to Raymond with children Nicholas and Carissa who reside in Michigan. Lynn is married to Christopher with children Tyler, Caitlyn, and Jessica living in Parishville. David is married to Erin (Callahan) Cheney, their children are Laura, Colleen, and Carl who live in West Stockholm. God blessed our family with great-grandchildren, Marah Rae and Kinley Ann – Nick and his wife Katelyn’s children. He was a member of the West Stockholm Fire Department from 1974-2016. He was chief in 1978, 1979, and 1984. He became commissioner mid-80’s until 2012. He was awarded the Firefighter of the Year in 1976. Al served on the West Stockholm Cemetery Association until current date. He enjoyed gathering sap to boil maple syrup, boating, and camping with his friends and family. He loved the family pets, especially, Penny, who passed this fall. Al was known for his altruism. He would come at a moments notice to anyone who needed help. He loved plowing, and excavating which he proudly taught his grandsons. He will be greatly missed by many friends, and neighbors who have lived their lives in the West Stockholm, Sanfordville, and Potsdam area.
December 4, 2018
I remember first coming to work for Niagara Mohawk when Al worked here as a travelling operator; as i remember, mostly in the hydro area. He was a good and experienced mentor for any younger employee. He was a good co worker and overall nice man to work around. A lot has changed since that time, and I've often thought of Al and hoped that he was enjoying his retirement. My condolences to your family.
December 4, 2018
Diane, David, Lynn and all your extended family, I am sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a hard working man. Rest In Peace, Albert
Jan & Patricia Close
December 4, 2018
We are saddened to hear about Al’s passing. He was a good and reliable friend to us that would always be there when a little extra help was needed. Al was a quiet man, but he had a smile that would say more than the words he used when making a joke or voicing his opinions. We will miss seeing him and his truck around. Our Sincere condolences to his family...
December 3, 2018
My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time . Al will be missed by many. But he is in a better place with his wife that he really missed
November 29, 2018
Mr. Cheney was my best friend's father-in-law. I remember him taking lots of us out water-skiing in his boat and I know he loved spending time at the lake with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a lovely man with a great sense of humor and boundless generosity of time and spirit. He will be greatly missed. My sympathy to his children and grandchildren.