It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Serge W. Guay, 73, of West Chazy. He passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Friday, January 27, 2023. Serge was born on August 27, 1949, in LaColle, Quebec, the son of Andre and Jeannine (Bedard) Guay.
Serge immigrated to New York State from Canada when he was three years old in 1953. Serge grew up with one brother but was part of a much larger extended family with many cousins, aunts, uncles, and the close neighbors, the DiCarlo family.
In 1971 he married Cecelia DiCarlo. Serge is survived by his five children, Angelina Barrette (Shawn) of Garner, NC, Diana Danville (Scott) of Plattsburgh, NY, Christina Garden (Matthew) of Plattsburgh, NY, Andre Guay (Megan) of West Chazy, NY, and Brian Guay; his older brother, Alain Guay of Hinesburg, VT, his treasured 11 grandchildren: Adrien and Evan Barrette, Linzi and Rylan Garden, Zoe, Mia, Cameron, and Max Danville, and Ashton, Izek, and Kaleb Guay, and his beloved little Chihuahua, Trinket.
Serge spoke fluent French with anyone and everyone for which he earned the nickname “Frenchie.” He graduated from Beekmantown High School in 1970 and went to work for Imperial Wall Covering for 20 years. During this time, his highly-sought wall papering skills covered many walls in the North Country with his S&H Wall Coverings business partner and long-time friend, Henry Miller. He went on to work for Wyeth-Ayerst in Rouses Point, NY where he retired in 2006. His most recent and most enjoyable occupation is that of Pépère (grandfather).
Serge was very involved in St. Joseph’s Church Men’s Club, serving as president, helping in many ways with harvest dinners, Halloween parties, and much more. Anyone who knew him knows that he loved to sit on the deck in the sun, enjoy a beer, and engage in spirited conversation. He was gifted with uncanny congeniality. He knew everyone in the room and if he didn’t, he would by the end of the evening.
Serge took great pleasure in giving to others. He always had a vegetable garden that he used to serve that purpose. He shared his cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, seeds, flowers, and would give you his only coat if you needed it. Serge was not a big guy but his heart was. He treasured the time he spent camping and fishing with his grandchildren, teaching them to cast, clean, and cook their catch of the day. He spent many of his retirement days on the water with his fishing buddies. Serge loved to cook for the people he loved. His barbecue chicken and fish fries are legendary and will be truly missed. Serge had several close friends who meant the world to him. Thank you for being such a big part of his life. A special thank you to Bob O’Lena and his family. Our family asks, that all who knew and loved him, raise a glass and toast to good friends and family or enjoy a large bowl of vanilla ice cream in his honor.
Calling hours will be Friday, February 3rd, from 4 to 7 pm at Heald Funeral home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February, 4th at St. John’s Church, Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY