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John F. Lavery
Thursday, November 12, 1931 - Wednesday, October 02, 2013
(age 81)

Clermont, Florida
Vice President of Operations
John was born on November 12, 1931 in Gloversville, NY to Rev. Milton M. Lavery and Ruth (Loucks) Lavery. In 1953, John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Following a brief enlistment in the US Army where he was stationed in Chicago, John accepted a position with Beech Nut Life Savers, Inc., Canajoharie, NY where he worked his way up to VP of Operations and eventually retired in1986. John was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Caryl (Shaw) Lavery in 2009. He is survived by his children: John J. (Peggy) Lavery of Cohoes, NY; Diane J. Keup of Virginia Beach, VA; Julie A. Foster (Patrick deceased) Clermont, FL and Michael J. Lavery (Donald W. Deyo) of Sleepy Hollow, NY. He is also survived by a sister, Mary (Lavery) Lyman, White River Junction, VT and a brother, Rev. James Lavery of Ballston Spa, NY. John is also survived by eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Following his retirement, John and Caryl traveled six continents and over 30 countries. He was an avid sports fan, and favorite hobbies included fishing, golf and spending time with his family.
Funeral Service
Funeral Service for Mr. Lavery will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Becker Funeral Home. In expression of sympathy, the family requests that, if you wish, you may make a donation in the name John F. Lavery to one of the following charities: Arthritis Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Gay Men's Health Crisis.
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Sunday, October 13 , 2013
Joe, Diane, Julie and Michael: my prayers and condolences are with you all for the passing of your dad. We had so many good times in Canajoharie and it has been many years since we have seen each other, but the memories live on.
~ Joel Leneker, Monroe, CT 
Wednesday, October 9 , 2013
To all my Lavery cousins... I am telepathically sending you my love and giant bear hugs. I remember Uncle John laughing it up with my Dad over dumb jokes at the summer camp in my youth ;-), and thinking he was such a rich man to have a big home full with a TRIBE of fun, warm and loving kids. Even though we've all grown up and got on with our lives, I will always love you and forever treasure those memories!
~ Jeanie Lavery-Guity, Menands, New York 
Wednesday, October 9 , 2013
I am so sorry to hear of the death of your father and mother! They were such good friends in Canajoharie. I think of those days of children in the families having fun is school. Sincere sympathy to your family.
~ Charlene Baird, Whitehall, NY 
Tuesday, October 8 , 2013
John was a mainstay in planning the Alumni Reunions for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute class of 1953. We will miss him greatly in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sam Wait '53
~ Samuel Wait, Niskayuna, New York 
Sunday, October 6 , 2013
So sorry for your loss! We have many memories of the times we were able to be together for family gatherings at Caroga Lake and at the Huiest home in Vischer Ferry. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
~ Beth Huiest Cook, Charlton, New York 
Sunday, October 6 , 2013
Joe, Diane, Julie, Michael, and Loved Ones - With tears in our eyes... sending you love, hugs, and wishes for peace and healing. Cousins Karen and Greg <3 “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” - Washington Irving
~ Karen Willmott, Wilton, New York 
Saturday, October 5 , 2013
I remember John (Jack) as an important guy at the Canajoharie Beechnut Plant. When we would visit he always seemed to have a bunch of gum or lifesavers for us kids. I recall a time at Milt's summer camp putting in the floating dock and finding the anchor points to hold it down. We struggled so hard and learned how long we couldn't hold our breath! It always hurts to lose part of our family. I offer my prayers and few memories to those who remain.
~ Tom Lavery, Columbus, Ohio 

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