Jack A. Avery
Jack A. Avery, 88, of Lansing, NY, passed away following an extended illness on February 1, 2022, at Groton Community Health Care Center, Groton, NY. Born at home in King Ferry, NY, on July 14, 1933, he was the son of the late Bryant and Charlena (Berry) Avery. Jack married the love of his life, Joyce Quigley, in March of 1957 and moved to their lifelong home on Lansing Station Road the same year.
Jack spent his entire career as an accomplished union ironworker. He was proud to have been a supervisor during construction of the Carrier Dome and Carousel Center in Syracuse, a water project for the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and dormitory construction at Case Western Reserve University. He completed his career as a consultant for Whitacre Engineering Company in Canton, Ohio. Jack retired from the Ironworkers Union Local 60 in Syracuse. Anyone who worked with Jack knew he expected everyone to work hard, but he would never ask someone to complete a task that he would not be willing to tackle himself. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and you always knew where you stood with him.
In addition to being a loving husband to Joyce, Jack was a good father to their two children, Charlena and Randy. Living on Cayuga Lake, Jack had a passion for boating and waterskiing. He also enjoyed playing cards and was a collector of model farm machinery. After retirement, he looked forward to meetings with the local Bored to Death Club.
In addition to his wife of nearly 65 years, Joyce Avery, he is survived by a granddaughter, Christina Foster (Rene Duncan); great-grandchildren, Aiden, Tyler and Autumn Duncan; sister-in-law, Nancy Avery; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his daughter, Charlena Foster, in 2020; son, Randy Avery, in 2021; brother, Robert Avery; sister-in-law, Betty Stuart (Bill); and brother-in-law, Jack Quigley (Ruth).
A service in remembrance of both Jack and his son, Randy, will be announced at a later date. To share a memory, please visit www.lansingfuneralhome.com.
A candle was lit in memory of Jack Avery
Jeff and Donna Nedrow Feb 17 2022 10:01 AM
Jack was a wonderful family friend. When I was a teanager he took me to baskball games, came to my football games, and even helped with building a boat lift. THANKS Joyce for all the time you and Jack spent with my parents playing cards and eating pie. In later years all the jokes and riddles were great fun. Jack you can now continue your card games with Wally and Helen.
Wally and Dottie Benjamin Feb 14 2022 5:35 PM
To Joyce and family my condolences. We remember Jack as a funloving member of Kfcs and a great friend to the Shields family. Rest in peacendear friend and we will miss you
jane shields sylvester Feb 5 2022 6:16 PM
I really enjoyed my time with Jack at GCHCC. He would always tell me to "make sure you do the books". I will miss the snacks and chocolate milk dates. He will always be in my memory and in my heart. Condolences to the family❤️
Debbie Shepard Feb 5 2022 6:13 PM
I worked as a cleaner while Jack stayed with us at gchcc. He was always very sweet, my crew and I loved spending time with him. I told him once that I was always late to work, and he told me he would never hire me. It was too funny. We will miss him very much.
Corinne Feb 5 2022 9:21 AM
Joyce, I have happy memories of Jack and you at Helen and Wally's camp. Love to you, Audrey
Audrey Rider Feb 3 2022 5:35 PM