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Earl Dion

Earl A. Dion

Tuesday, September 15th, 1925 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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LAKE GEORGE Earl A. Dion, 94, of Antler Ave. passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, NH. Born in Cohoes, NY, he was the son of the late Earl and Bernadette (McMahon) Dion. He was a 1942 graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, NY and attended Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He was a communicant, and the Church Treasurer, of the former St. Anne’s Church in Waterford, NY.

Earl joined his family’s business, Dion Oil Company, Inc, in Waterford, NY after his service in World War II. He was company President and operated it until his retirement. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy. He was stationed on an aircraft carrier and served in Africa for 4 years as a medic during World War II. Earl enjoyed horseback riding and had great success as an Equestrian Show Jumper in his younger years, winning many First-Place trophies and awards in large venues such as Madison Square Garden. His greatest enjoyment was time spent with his family and friends. He enjoyed time entertaining at his Lake George, NY home, and on his boat on the lake. He created a lifetime of wonderful memories for all! Everyone who met Earl got to share in his beautiful smile, and his twinkling blue eyes. He was a great example to all who had the great fortune to know him by treating everyone with kindness and compassion. He taught us all how to be better people by how he lived his life as the perfect gentleman, endearing husband, caring father and grandfather, and a loyal, kind friend to all.

He was the devoted husband of the late Ann T. Dion who died in 2016. He is survived by his loving children, Lynn Twombly (Christopher), Lisa Waters (Timothy) of York ME, Gary Dion and Paul Dion, both of Portsmouth, NH. He is also survived by his brother Ronald Dion (Marylou Dion deceased) of Cohoes, NY, and predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Ouimet and husband Larry, both of Cohoes, NY. He was the proud grandfather of 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, and known to them lovingly as Pa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family and interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford, NY.

To make a contribution to the Disabled American Veterans charity, in memory of Earl A Dion, please visit DAV.org.
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    Location
    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    Address
    Middletown Rd.
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Affiliations

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  • Roman Catholic Church
  • US Navy
  • WWII Victory Medal

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Polly Dale

Posted at 02:44pm
It was an honor and privilege to know Earl and Ann Dion. Not meeting them until their later years made no difference in how one would feel about them. Ann was such a character! And even in the grip of Alzheimers disease, she still had a twinkle and sparkle that was unique to her. She had a grin that was infectious, and eyes that showed her trust. She also had an unending appetite! I loved Ann and the special bond we seemed to have brought such joy to my heart. She was such a precious soul and I will carry her memory with me forever.
The devotion and bond between Ann and Earl was palpable. It was heartwarming and beautiful to witness. There was no mistaking the love between them. They were quite the pair. I imagine in their younger days they were a lot of fun to be around, and I have no doubt that they showed people what true love meant.
I am kind of glad I didn't know them until their later years, because what I got to witness was what a lifetime of joy, love, loyalty, respect, and togetherness looks like, when it works. You don't get to often see the outcome of such a beautiful thing.
Earl did have that twinkle in his eye and a sparkle for life itself. He was a true gentleman in every sense. A genuine smile, a gentle man, interested, caring, and oh so beautifully devoted to those he loved. I loved when we spent hours together sharing old pictures and old memories. He just sparkled as he answered questions and relived the parts that he shared. He always had a smile for me and made me feel warm and welcome.
I loved Earl and Ann. They will forever remain in my fondest memories. So privileged to have known them.

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Brendon Dion

Posted at 01:26pm
Pa,

I hold dear all the memories and times we spent together. You were the true role model of a grandfather and a perpetual gentlemen. Your impeccable hair (I hope I receive this gene), timeless clothing style (I’m still trying to emulate) and bright smile was always sure to brighten up a room.

Time spent at the lake whether at your house with you and ReeRee, sitting in the fly bridge of the Epicurean, learning to fish or moored in Sandy bay are my fondest memories. You may be gone physically but your bright smile, loud laughter and warm personality live on with all of us. We know you’re up there laughing and dancing with ReeRee. I love you Pa.

Your grandson,
Brendon


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Allan MacLellan

Posted at 12:25pm
I had the pleasure of knowing your dad the last few years and he was indeed the consumate gentleman. He is an inspiration to me and delightful even in his declining health. His passing is a great loss to those who loved him. He is in my prayers today and always. God rest his soul.
(Allan MacLellan)
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renee

Posted at 02:38pm
I'm so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. He was such a wonderful person.

Brian Rooney

Posted at 11:14am
Not sure where to begin or how to be concise. The Dions have been a part of my life since before kindergarten. I will pick one memory: Earl (he will always be “Mr Dion) and my Dad were very close and pretty much ran the finances for St. Anne’s Church in Northside (Waterford). The church had an extraordinarily popular fundraiser bazaar every September and it was tremendously fun but taxing for all the volunteer workers. I remember Earl and my Dad bring cloistered in the rectory kitchen trying their best to stay sane while keeping track of the revenue being generated. It was a lot of pressure, but they always had a good time doing it...always. That , for me, was Mr. Dion...grace under pressure. Always ready with with the winning smile and quiet reassurance that it things were going to turn out well. You’ll be sorely missed. I cannot express my sorrow at not being able to pay my respects, but you Dions are all in my thoughts, take care of each other.
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