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1614 Guilderland Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12306
Phone: 518-346-8424
Fax: 518-346-2852
John Pierce

John Cassius Pierce Sr.

Saturday, February 11th, 1933 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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John Cassius Pierce Sr.,86, passed away Wednesday evening March 13th at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville, NY

Born and educated in Schenectady, John was the son of the late Cassius and Carolyn (Harris) Pierce and a 1950 graduate of the former Mont Pleasant High School.

John was employed at GE from 1950-1959. In 1960 he began a 32-year career with the Schenectady Police Department retiring in 1992 as an investigator. In his retirement John continued to work as a funeral director’s assistant with Bond Funeral Home for over 19 years.

John was a member of First Reformed Church of Scotia and sang in church choirs for over 70 years. He was also a lifetime member of over 60 years of the Glendale Fish and Game Club.

John is survived by his wife of 63 years Emily J. (Armstrong) Pierce and his 3 children: John Pierce Jr. (Kathe Sheehan) of Glenville, Gail Ristau (Willis) of Rotterdam and James Pierce (Kimberly) of Scotia, his grandchildren; Jason Russell, Jill Russell, Aubrey Pierce, Sophia Pierce, Billy Ristau and Jack Pierce, a great grandson: Mason Badger, his sisters: Elizabeth Bindewald and Margaret Pierce both of Schenectady and sister-in-law’s: June Grinter (Ed) of Scotia and Ann Armstrong of Schenectady, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, NY on Friday evening March 22nd from 5 to 7 pm.
A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday morning March 23rd at 10 am at the Frist Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 N. Ballston Avenue, Scotia, NY.

Spring interment will take place in Viewland Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY

In lieu of flowers contribution’s in John’s memory may be made to the First Reformed Church of Scotia.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bond Funeral Home
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    First Reformed Church of Scotia
    224 N. Ballston Ave.
    Scotia, NY
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  • Interment

    Viewland Cemetery in the spring
    Rotterdam Town, NY
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Kelly Hanaway

Posted at 01:29pm
I think of your wonderful family often and today my prayers are for All of you. Our loss is Heaven's gain, Amen! With Love, Kelly Hanaway Horton

mona gaylord

Posted at 09:02am
Mr.Pierce was one of the kindest men I ever met. He always greeted you with a smile and a joke or two and he always made you feel welcome. Mr. Pierce was a gentle soul and I am sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you all . Mona

Clifford Meacham

Posted at 07:52am
Reflections – Cliff Meacham I first met John Pierce at Broadway Methodist Church after I got to Schenectady as a 17-year-old farm kid. I took a room at 2777 Campbell Avenue. He quickly took me into his family at 2221 Concord Street also in Bellevue. His dad and mom and twin sisters (they called him Jack) were so kind to me, treating me like a member of the family. John and I sang together in that choir in in many others through the years. John brought me into his deer hunting gang led by Charlie Thomas. Who has his uncle Gard Harris’ father-in-law. John was always ready with a bunch of jokes for us after we would walk in the four miles on a Friday night. We lost a lot of sleep and would drag out of the bunk before dawn the next day and walk the woods all day. We slept well that next night. John earned the name “Mother Pierce” from his cousin Roy Berry because he (and Gard) did most of the cooking and meal management. Many time June and Emily would help us set up camp in the early fall of those years in the fifties. I remember that John’s grandfather Harris used to have a wonderful garden in his backyard, I think on Hegeman Street. John followed the tradition and had a fine garden of his own for many years. Always active in the church, John was chief cook for the annual roast beef dinner that they held. On many occasions John would come with me to my family’s farm. He always fit right in and was a favorite of my kin. I recall one year he was atop a load of bailed hay that topples over, no one hurt. June and I (at John’s request) set up a blind date for he and Emily. We met them at Hillhurst Park for tennis. They were married that same December I don’t recall his wedding but I do recall that he served as “father” escort for June when she and I were married. John always enjoyed the outdoors and was comfortable there, having with Roy attended Boy Scouts. He, Roy and I used to take an annual trip to York Beach ME for deep sea fishing. Later he and his family frequently spent summer vacation at a camp on Willsboro Bay on Lake Champlain. I am happy that I could count John as a friend.

Michelle Pierce

Posted at 06:15pm
I am sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. I was blessed to have had in my life. Blessed he was Aubrey grandfather. I have so many memories.... Love you Papa

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Posted at 04:50pm
With loving memories of John Pierce. He will be in our hearts forever. Love, The Arnolds
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