Robert “Chris” Ellis, 60, of Clinton, died on Thursday, November 21.
He was born June 17, 1953, the son of Beverly and the late Robert Ellis, Clinton. He was a graduate of Clinton Central School. In 1972, he joined the US Navy, where he served as an engineman and on the crash crew, until his honorable discharge in 1976. He was a 28 year member of the Helmuth-Ingalls American Legion Post #232, Franklin Springs, a life member of the Schillings-Burns-Young VFW Post #9591, a SAL member at the Clark Mills American Legion Post #26, and a member of the 40/8 Voiture 92, Whitesboro.
In 2009 he was named Superintendent of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clinton.
On December 8, 2000, Chris and Susan Patricia Delaney were married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
For 14 years, he played Santa and Mrs. Ellis played Mrs. Claus at the Clinton Shoppers Stroll, at the American Legion and the VFW in Clinton and Clark Mills, at the ARC of Oneida County, as well as the Polar Express and the “Shop with a Cop” for underprivileged children.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Beverly Ellis, and his brother, Andy, both of Clinton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, and Carey and Jeff Lindfield, Westmoreland, Carol and Phil Orsino, Deansboro; nieces and nephews, Toby, Brian, and Becky Lindfield, Robert, Joshua, and Jennifer Orsino, Corey and Ashley Ellis, and Alex Delaney; as well as several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Robert, and his brother, Wally.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Chris’s wishes were to be buried in the Saratoga National Veterans’ Cemetery, which will take place at the convenience of the family. He will have a Memorial stone in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Heintz Funeral Home, 10 East Park Row, Clinton, Monday evening, from 4 – 7 pm. The Helmuth-Ingall’s American Legion Post #232 will meet at the funeral home at 6:45 pm and conduct their service at 7 pm.
Those wishing may donate to “Feed the Vets”, to the Rome Veterans Clinic, or to the DAV in Chris’ memory.
Online memorial and guestbook available at www.heintzfuneralservice.net.