OBITUARY

John W. Haley

November 21, 1931March 2, 2019
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John W. Haley (Jack), 87, died March 2, 2019 at Potsdam/Canton Hospital in Potsdam, NY surrounded by family. Jack was born to George and Cora (Thiebert) Haley in Massena, NY on November 21, 1931. Jack attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Massena High School in 1950. While attending Niagara University, Jack was drafted in 1952, to join the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army during the Korean War. He was accepted to Officer Candidate School (OCS) and became a firearm instructor earning the Expert Medal while representing his unit at the Camp Perry Shooting Competition. Upon leaving the Army, Jack returned to Niagara University and completed his Bachelor’s Degree. After graduation, Jack worked supporting the St. Lawrence Seaway Project before becoming a Mathematics Teacher at St. Lawrence Central High School in 1966 until he retired in 1991. Jack was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed alpine skiing, motorcycling, boating, camping, shooting and traveling around the United States with his family. Jack is survived by his high school sweetheart; Gloria Daley, who he married in 1953 while in the Army, two sons, Daniel (Debbie) from Ohio and Michael (Susan) from Syracuse, NY, two grandchildren, Patrick (Kristen) from Boston, MA and John (Katelyn) from Burlington, VT and one great-grandson Julian Jackson Haley. His sister, Mary (Bert) Sullivan from Massena, NY and brother Patrick (Sherry) Haley from Raymondville, NY. Jack was predeceased by his sister, Betty Gabri, brothers George and Richard Haley and his only daughter Kelly Ann Haley. A celebration of Jack’s life is scheduled at the Garner Funeral Home on 10 Lawrence Avenue Potsdam, NY on Saturday March 16th at 1:00 pm for family, we welcome the public at 1:30 with a service at 2:30. Condolences on line can be shared @www.garnerfh.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Jack’s name at https://support.brightfocus.org

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
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John W. Haley

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Wendy Raines

March 19, 2019

Mr. Haley, was my ninth grade math teacher. I have always wanted to personally thank him, for helping me and he changed my life. Your thinking how ?Because he truly did care about his student's. I would always refer to him, as the teacher that helped me succeed, and graduate! May prayers are with you and your family.

Gregory Lafave

March 17, 2019

He was my homeroom teacher and math teacher. One of my favorites. He definitely made a difference in my life and many others. He was a great teacher. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

Steve Thornton

March 11, 2019

Dear Mrs. Haley, Dan, Mike and families: It was sad to hear of Mr. Haley's passing. What a nice man. I remember him as a very kind, gentle and even tempered person - even when he was challenged by young adults not to be! I remember him once saying, "Dan, how did you manage to pack the snow around the entire engine" when the car froze solid when it cooled down, encasing the engine in a block of ice after an evening of bouncing it off snow banks.... If he raised his voice or lost his temper, it wasn't in front of Dan's friends. Living in Norwood, if you met him on the street, he was always smiling and was very interested in how your life was going. Mr. Haley left a positive impact on a lot of us - I am grateful for having had the opportunity to know him. Take care and God Bless.

Maren Callahan

March 10, 2019

Mike I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. It is never easy to say good bye to our parents. I hope you all find comfort in many years of good memories.

Candace (Gabri) Sullivan

March 9, 2019

Hello Aunt Gloria and Family

I just learned of Uncle Jack's death through my Aunt Elsie (Gabri) Scruggs. I'm so sorry to hear the news. I remember Uncle Jack when he he went to Niagara. During that time, we got to see him on a semi-regular basis living in Niagara Falls) and always enjoyed his company. In those days, TV westerns were the big thing and I remember when he'd come over and we'd all watch "Gunsmoke" which, I think, was all the adults' favorite.

On the few times I saw him in Massena, we always talked "teacher talk". (I was in the field as well, which was, somewhat bonding.)

Thinking of you...Candy (Gabri) Sullivan

Cindy Elliott Niles

March 9, 2019

Mr. Haley was the best math teacher and homeroom teacher that I ever had. He made sure that you understood math and was such a caring human.

Lisa Losey Campbell

March 7, 2019

Mr. Haley was one of my favorite teachers in high school. Loved his energy and his love for each and every student.

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