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William (Ted) E. Oakes

OGDENSBURG- A Funeral Service for William E. (Ted) Oakes, 93, of Ogdensburg will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Smith officiating. Burial will be held in the spring in the Ogdensburg Cemetery.  Mr. Oakes died on Friday, November 30th, 2018 at his home.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

William E. Oakes was born on October 28, 1925, in Warrington, Lancashire, England to the late Edward & Hilda (Griffiths) Oakes.  He served in United States Navy and the British Royal Merchant Navy from 1943-1947 during World War II. He married Rita Delgard, she died in 1975. He later Married Mary Livingston, she died in 1989. He had a longtime companion, Marie Lincoln Sharp who died in 2003. He worked in Construction as a Skilled Carpenter for 50 years in the IBEW #278 Carpenters Union, Watertown, NY retiring in 1990.  During his retirement, he worked for Bruce & Bonnie LaRose at the Stone Fence Motel in Ogdensburg, NY. He was a Ham Radio operator and a member of the Amateur Radio Club; American Legion Post #69, and the Amvets Post 19, all located in Ogdensburg, NY.  He loved to fly radio control airplanes, his model trains. He enjoyed fishing with his family and close friends.

He is survived by his sons, John E. Oakes, Ogdensburg; Michael E. Oakes, Savannah, GA. He is survived by a nephew Colin Whitefield.

He predeceased by a sister, Doris and her husband (Harry) Wilkinson.

Donations in Ted’s memory may be made to the  American Heart Association or The Ogdensburg Salvation Army.

Online condolences may be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com. 

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Thank you for your very kind words DL. I surely miss him every day but the the all the GREAT memories I have can never be taken a way. He always had that voice and when I was feeling down at times, and when I left his house, I was really cheered up for sure. Please stay safe and healthy. God Bless.

johnguess571 Aug 2 2020 12:00 AM

John I dont know you, but I would love to take the time to send you my condolences for the loss of your father. I met Ted years ago at the AMVETS when I was at my lowest I could get in my life and I believe that night would of been it if It wasnt for your dad. I will always remember his unique accent and boisterous voice. Hey ole boy, young lad what you be up to tonight. He had touch my heart like a rejuvenation process and it felt like I could breath and see life again. I think he was sent by and Angel for me. I am flipping through obituaries because I live in Florida and heres Ted the man I dont see anymore when I come home. If I ever had to live my life over again I would pick Ted as my dad. The world had loss a wonderful man and the Heaven's has gained a man of honor.

DL Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM

Happy Birthday Dad. I miss sharing it with you and I do miss you everyday. I know your going to have a great birthday where you are with your family. Your loving son for ever, John.

John E. Oakes Oct 28 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you Bonnie. It means alot.

John E. Oakes Aug 5 2019 12:00 AM

Never met Ted but heard about him from Rita's family.
Rita's full name was Alma Rita Delagarde and they were married on Oct 28, 1947 in Dalhousie, NB, Canada.
Her brother Ron was my stepfather.

Roxanne Landry Jul 7 2019 12:00 AM

Happy Fathers day Dad. I really miss you but I know you are with your family and some day we will be together again. From your loving son, John.

John E.Oakes Jun 16 2019 12:00 AM

We miss you Dad. Please give hugs to all and let them know we wish you all a happy Father's Day. Love you!

Bonnie Purtell Jun 16 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you Very much Jane. That means alot. I thank God every day that he gave me 58 years with that great guy I call my DAD!!!! He thought highly of you and your whole family and spoke of it. Not only did I enjoy going places with him, going for something to eat but I also miss that great smile he had along with his sense of humor. I also miss taking care of him and doing things that he would ask me to do. I would do it all over again with a smile on my face like before. I think of all the great memories we had together and they could never be taken away. God Bless you and your Family. Bonnie also sends her best to all of you as well.

John E Oakes Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM

John, I just received the news today of your Dad. How blessed he was to have you with him. He was a great, affectionate, and kind man who always welcomed Vanessa and I at his home with Mary....Remembering his jovial loud voice and home made French fries in the basement. Peace to you and Bonnie.

Jane Freitag Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you Brittney. That means alot. He like ALL of you ladies and the both of were very grateful of you helping him get dressed and also helping him get to his car along helping him into the car on November 30, 2018. Keep up the great work. I still stand by what I said, a patient gives you a problem, tell them to come see me or think about what my dad and I told you how great of a job you do!! Wishing you and all your love ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

John E. Oakes Dec 18 2018 12:00 AM

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