JOSEPH R. TENNYSON
OCTOBER 4, 1936 - JUNE 26, 2020
Our favorite Marine, Joseph R. Tennyson, said his last Semper Fi on June 26th, 2020.
Always faithful, Joe was the epitome of the strong and determined Marine - he never faced a challenge he could not overcome.
Joe was born to Arthur and Ruth Tennyson in Schroon Lake and was the youngest of their boys, including brothers Arthur (Baldy) and William Tennyson. As a proper gang of boys of the time, there was always room for more boys in the house. Over the years, they had many escapades with their friends leading to lifelong memories of laughter and stories.
Joe joined the Marines in 1955 and served until 1958, but he never left the Marines! After his service to our country, he became a funeral director and later joined the postal service - all of which fit his gregarious personality perfectly. He never met a stranger and had friends from every walk of life. Joe never cared about the contents of their wallet - it was the content of their character that really counted.
Joe’s true love was his wife of 59 years, Kathryn Flachbarth Tennyson. Their lifelong courtship carried them through many travels including the Caribbean and throughout the United States, but their favorite place remained their family property called Buttermilk Hill, in Chestertown. This beautiful mountain was the site of family fun for many years, including entertaining friends from afar, family pool parties, riding his 4 wheeler with his Border Collie Mandy at his side, and most especially hunting the elusive whitetail in the woods he knew like the back of his hand.
Joe’s interests in life were wide ranging and varied. He was a proud Adirondack 46er, he restored many Model A’s, he loved to golf, he boiled maple syrup, and spent much of his retirement sawing fine hardwood on his Woodmizer sawmill. He was always busy!
Left to remember his entertaining stories and memories are his wife Kathy, daughter Kaye (Ray) Smith, son Joe (Patti) Tennyson and his adoring grandchildren: Katie (Dylan) Jack, Raymond (Jenna) Smith, Morgan (Allie), Laura and Daniel Tennyson as well as two great-grandchildren and one on the way. Joe’s dear family and friends also included his brother Bill (Beverly) Tennyson, his brother-in -law, Bob Flachbarth, sister-in-law Beth (Paul) Breuer, nieces and nephew as well as many many dear friends over the years.
In his later years, Joe faced some health challenges, which he met head on with his Marine Corps determination. His favorite saying during these times was “ I’m tougher than a whale bone!” The Warrensburg EMS squad came to know Joe well during this time. Please feel free to send any memorial donations to them- we are so grateful for their service. Warrensburg EMS, 3 King St, Warrensburg, NY 12885.
As per Joe’s wishes there will be no services. His ashes will be spread on the mountain he loved so well.
Joe left behind a legacy of love and laughter. His example will guide our footsteps in the years to come. Semper Fidelis, indeed.
Please visit www.alexanderfh.net for online guestbook and condolences .