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.