MALONE — LeRoy F. Gonyea, 82, of Malone, passed away Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014, at The Dawn Adult Home, in Malone with his daughter and grandchildren at his side, along with Hospice of the North Country. He had been a resident there since Nov. 30, 2013. Born Feb. 14, 1932, in Onchiota, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Theresa Soucy Gonyea Sr.
On Oct. 10, 1959, he was united in marriage to the former Rita M. Johnson at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. She predeceased him on Dec. 19, 2009.
LeRoy had served in the National Guard for several years. He was employed in the custodial department of the New York State Police Troop B in Malone, and later in Ray Brook, from June 15, 1972, until his retirement on Feb. 13, 1994. He also enjoyed tending bar at the Hotel Saranac, Malone Lodge of Elks, Malone American Legion and Seven's Bar in Malone.
He was a communicant of Notre Dame Church in Malone, and a Life 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus in Saranac Lake, and later in Malone. He was also a member of the Everton Hunting Club and the Adirondack Chapter of the Association of Former New York State Troopers and Civilian Employees. He enjoyed spending winters in Zephyrhills, Fla., hunting, fishing and spending time at his camp at High Falls in Chateaugay. His most precious moments were spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Marshall of Owls Head; and her children, Jennifer Hanna and her husband John of Malone and Eric Marshall and his wife Erika of Malone; four great- grandchildren, Sydney Marshall, and Carson, Nolan and Porter Hanna; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Joy Gonyea of Vermontville; and his children, Bethany Hogan and her husband Josh and Brandon and Danielle Gonyea; one brother, Albert Gonyea of Tupper Lake; one sister, Helen Rock of Lake Placid; and several nieces and nephews. He was awaiting the birth of his fifth great-grandchild.