TUPPER LAKE FREE PRESS, WED., NOVEMBER 26, 1997
Richard S. Gonyea
Richard S. Gonyea, 50, of 292
Park St., Tupper Lake died Saturday,
November 22,1997 at his home.
Born on August 24, 1947 in
Tupper Lake he was the son of
Richard and Jeannie (McLear)
He attended local schools and
was inducted into the U.S. Army on
June 22, 1967. Mr. Gonyea served
for two years as a Medical Corpsman
in Vietnam and was honorably
discharged on June 20,1969. He was
a recipient of the Purple Heart,
Vietnam Service Medal with two
Bronze Service Stars, Republic of
Vietnam Campaign Medal, National
Defense Service Medal and the
Combat Medical Badge.
Following service Mr. Gonyea
returned to Tupper Lake where he
worked as a logger for Draper Corp
and Yorkshire Timber and was a
truck driver for Kavanagh Trucking.
He was a member of the VFW
Post 3120 and was Past Commander
and Chaplain, member of the
Disabled American Veterans Chapter
180, Tupper Lake Fire Department
Company 5, and the Tuesday Night
Bowling League. For the past
several years he organized and judged
the annual VFW winter shuffle-board
Besides his mother, he is
survived by one daughter, Deborah
Ogden of Virginia Beach, VA; one
grandchild, Nicole; longtime
companion Geraldine Jones of
Tupper Lake; one brother, Bruce
Gonyea of Tupper Lake; one sister,
Mrs. Stephen (Nancy) LaPierre of
Tupper Lake; several nieces and
nephews, aunts and uncles.
Calling hours were held for
Mr. Gonyea Monday, November 24
at the Rennell Funeral Home in
Tupper Lake. A Funeral Mass was
held on Tuesday, November 25 at
St Alphonsus Church with Msgr.
Edmund Dumas celebrating. Burial
will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery
with Full Military Honors in May.
Those wishing to remember
Mr. Gonyea through donations are
asked to consider High Peaks
Hospice or the Tupper Lake
Volunteer Rescue Squad.