CADYVILLE, N.Y. — Just before a beautiful sunrise on the morning of April 25, 2012, Clifford J. Duquette, 88, passed away peacefully with family at his bedside. He joined his dear sister Millie, who passed away just three days earlier.
Clifford was born in Cadyville, N.Y., March 12, 1924, to William and Julia (Burnell) Duquette. He grew up on his family's farm in Cadyville, working alongside his parents, brothers and sisters. He established a farm on Hardscrabble Road with his loving wife of 62 years, Norma Bull. It was here that they created a lasting legacy with their three children, now carried on by their two sons and families. With the help of friends and family, especially his brothers, Clarence and Burt, Clifford worked relentlessly to expand the farm, which includes dairy, potatoes, corn, oats and alfalfa. Over the years, he enjoyed clearing land with the bulldozer while his nephew, Pat O'Connell, ran the backhoe. Clifford also enjoyed tilling the land to prepare the fields for planting. He loved caring for and scouting his fields each season, year after year, as he watched the development of his crops and looked forward to the harvest. Clifford enjoyed Tuesday night cattle auctions with a nightcap afterwards with his buddies at the Weathercock. Clifford especially liked sharing his passion for farming and love of life with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who could always count on a tractor ride with Grandpa. Clifford lived each day to the fullest, working both day and night until the final weeks of his life.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Norma (Bull) Duquette of Cadyville; daughter, Janice Casey of Orange, Conn.; two sons, William "Billy" Duquette and Sissy Triller of Cadyville, and Gary Duquette and his wife, Sylvia of Cadyville; two brothers, Clarence Duquette of Cadyville, and Burton Duquette and his wife, Marjorie of Cadyville; one sister, Theresa Andre and her husband, James of Cadyville; one sister-in-law, Jane Bull of Saranac; his grandchildren, Joseph Casey and his wife, Jennifer of Walpole, Mass., Neil Duquette and his wife, Sarah of Cadyville, Jenny Casey of Orange, Conn., John Triller and his wife, Rhonda of Queensbury, N.Y., and Trisha Fiore and her husband, Marc of Schenectady, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Connor and Layla Casey, Rowan, Brody and Avery Triller, and Ariah and Gabby Fiore; and several nieces and nephews.
Clifford was predeceased by his parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Amos and Rose Ann Duquette, and Morris and Viola Duquette; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mildred "Millie" and Kenneth Gallagher, Katherine Duquette, Doris and Robert Light, and Margaret "Peg" and Robert Parker; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Duquette.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St., Plattsburgh.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Monday at St. James Church in Cadyville. Burial will follow at the Independence Cemetery in Saranac with a reception to be held afterward at the St. James Parish Center.
Donations in his memory may be made to the FitzPatrick Cancer Center and to St. James Parish.
Online condolences may be made at www.rwwalker fh.com.