Dickinson Center - James A. Provost, 85, passed away Friday, April 06, 2012 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, surrounded by the love and support of his family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hammill Funeral Home in St. Regis Falls.
Mr. Provost was born on May 14, 1926 in Utica, son of the late Amedia and Dorothy (LaBounty) Provost. He received his education in local rural schools, which his family recalled stories of his time at the Santa Clara school. He married Mavis Baker on April 8, 1950, they shared a loving union of 61 years. For 20 years of their marriage, he attended to her needs as Mavis' health declined with her affliction of ALS. He lost the love of his life on September 20, 2011.
James was employed with the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and then went to ALCOA in Massena, working in the pot rooms. He retired in 1988 after 35 dedicated years.
James was an outdoorsman; for a time he was a Guide at the Buckhorn Hunting Club and just for himself, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. His family joked how he would comment, "I took more deer than anyone in the North Country." He was also a member of the St. Regis Falls Sportsman Club.
James is survived by his six children; Nancy Parks of St. Regis Falls, Barbara Upton and her companion, Hank Robar of Potsdam, James H. Provost of Dickinson Center, Darlene Dow and her companion, Michael Yaddow of North Bangor, Kevin and Kelly Provost of Santa Clara and Tammy Provost and her companion, Ken Powers of North Bangor, two brothers; Irving and Wanda Provost of Dickinson Center and Amedia and Debbie Provost of St. Regis Falls; three sisters, Trudy Provost of Ogdensburg, Joanne and Ronnie Soucy of Santa Clara and Jeanne Johnson of Grand Gorge, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Two brothers; Leonard and Donald, and three sisters; Katherine Francis, June Dufrane and Caroline Pickett, predeceased him.
Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the Hammill Funeral Home in St. Regis Falls. Mr. Provost's Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will commence Tuesday at 11 am at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Sand Hill Cemetery in Dickinson.
Those wishing to express an act of kindness may make donations in his memory to the Dickinson Center Volunteer Fire Dept. or the St. Regis Falls Fire and Rescue.
Memories and condolences can be shared with his family at www.hammillfh.com.