Mr. Ronald C. Gravelin Sr.

May 9, 1941November 1, 2012
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Funeral Services for Mr. Ronald C. Gravelin Sr., age 71 of Norwood, NY will be held on Monday, November 5th at 11am at the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam, NY. Mr. Gravelin passed away on November 1st at the Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Garner Funeral Service. Online condolences can be sent Contributions in his memory can be made to the Potsdam Humane Society. Ron is survived by his wife Diane Gravelin of Norwood; a son Ronald C. (Melissa) Gravelin Jr. of Franklin, IN; daughters Andrea (Lee) Clark and Julie (Eleck) Gravelin-Vari of Norfolk; sisters Patricia (Spike) Morgan of Parishville and Christine (Gary) LaPoint of Waddington; grandchildren Jordan Gravelin, Grace Vari, Carter Vari, Sydney Gravelin, Lyndsey Gravelin and Christopher Gravelin; step grandchildren Hannah and Maegan Clark and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother Ernest “Joe” Gravelin Jr. and an infant sister Nancy Gravelin. Mr. Ronald C. Gravelin Sr. was born May 9, 1941 in Norwood, NY to the late Ernest Gravelin Sr. and Leona Dunn. He was a 1959 graduate of Norwood-Norfolk Central School. He then served in the United States Air Force. On October 24, 1964 he was married to Diane LaFay. Ron first worked as a dish washer at a local coffee shop in Potsdam. He then worked at the Unionville Paper Mill for a few years until going to Massena to work for General Motors in 1969. He remained in Massena until 1989 when he was transferred to Bedford, IN. He remained there until his retirement in 2000. Ron was a member of the Potsdam and Norwood Volunteer Fire Departments for many years. He was also the Vice President of the United Automobile Workers Local 465. Ron was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was very proud to have helped found the Potsdam CORC Store in 1973. He also ran for the Norwood Village Board.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 5, 2012

Mr. Ronald C. Gravelin Sr.

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November 18, 2012

I love you Dad, little Ron

Jordan Gravelin

November 6, 2012

I will always have you in my heart, from the weekends at the malone fair, to talking with you about everything in your spot in the kitchen. A thousand memories, and I cherish each and every one. Words can't express how much I wish miss you. And you will always be my "Poppa"

November 5, 2012

Julie, Eleck, and the rest of Mr. Gravelin's Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Meaghan and Rob Voss

Duane Irish

November 5, 2012

To the Gravelin Family, Ronnie always kept the ride to the GM Plant interesting, informative, and comical. He will be greatly missed.


Alice Bucca

November 5, 2012

My sincere condolences to your entire family. The last time I saw Ron was at Joe's funeral. I know how much they loved each other and I'm sure that they're up there fishing and wondering what all the "fuss" is that's going on down here. My prayers to you, Diane, Pat, Chrissy and of course to Andy, Julie and Ronnie. Love to you all.

richard root

November 4, 2012

My condolences to all of Ron's family. I grew up in Norwood with Joey and Ron and hung around with them for many years. I always considered Ron a good friend and will surely miss him.

Randy Sheldon

November 4, 2012

I was saddened to hear of Ron's death. I haven't seen him in over 20 years, but I always smile when I think of what a colorful character he had. My condolences on your loss, and my best wishes to Diane and the rest of her family.

Eleck Vari

November 3, 2012

Ron you are a great father in law and were like a father to me I will miss coming in and seeing you watching TV at your table. My heart hurts

Phil Jenner

November 3, 2012

Ron was a true friend growing up and working together in Massena and later in Beford. Phil, Oolitic, In.

November 3, 2012

Sorry for your loss of Ron. He was a friend from high school days. Thoughts and prayers to family. Charles Keith Dunn Leo, Indiana