John W. Austin

John W. Austin, 94, a resident of Route 104 East in Oswego, passed away Monday, in Syracuse.

John was born in Canton, NY, the son of the late Norman and Abigail (Sullivan) Austin. He grew up in Potsdam, N.Y. , then after being married  moved to Massena, N.Y., and then to  Oswego, N.Y. in 1970 with his wife and seven children.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having enlisted when he was 17 years old. He served on the USS Huntington.  John was known for being an avid Clarkson Hockey fan.  He enjoyed summers on the St. Lawrence River, and winters at Big Tupper ski resort.  John was a wealth of knowledge in any aspect of history.  He especially loved learning about his family’s genealogy, which led to him becoming an active member of Sons of the American Revolution. For many years, John was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church in Oswego.  He took tremendous pride in being surrounded by his ever growing family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He would always remind his family that he was not too good in math, but was great at multiplying!

Prior to his retirement, he was employed as the Director of Public Relations for the New York Power Authority. He had formerly been a tour guide for the New York Power Authority, and had also taught school in Massena.

He was predeceased by his wife Charlene (Flynn) Austin, his parents, his two brothers Paul and Merrill; his two sisters Helen and Betty; and his great granddaughter Lilly O’Neil.

He is survived by his seven children, son William (Elizabeth) Austin of Palm 

Bay, Florida, son Thomas(Susan) Austin of Hemet ,California , daughter Mary Flynn of Oswego, New York, son Joseph Austin of Englewood, Florida, daughter Elizabeth (Richard) Turner of Sarasota, Florida, daughter Carol (Mathew) Grey of Mexico, New York and son Norman(Lisa) Austin of Louisville, New York; a brother, Dr. Robert Austin of Potsdam; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Oswego.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St. in Oswego.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org; or to the Syracuse Veterans Honor Flight Group at www.honorflightsyracuse.org. 

The family requests that those attending the calling hours and funeral services wear masks if they are not vaccinated.