Francis Bresee

Man Falls From Truck, Passes Away


(April 24, 1913-July 10, 1973)


Francis Bresee, 60, of 57 Elm St., Norwood, died Tuesday, July 10, 1973, in the House of the Good Samaritan in Watertown as a result of injuries received in a fall from a Village of Norwood owned truck on Thursday, July 5.

Mr. Bresee suffered a fractured skull and clavical abrasions to the right eye and elbow.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Dept., officers who investigated said that the truck was driven by Edward W. Vanbuskirk, 35, of 9 Prairie St., Norwood, with Mr. Bresee and William Blodgett, Bernard Av., Norwood, riding the back of the truck during a clean up of the streets.

Mr. Vanbuskirk said that he looked into the mirror and saw Mr. Bresee tumbling on the road. He rolled for 25 feet on the pavement. The truck was traveling west on Elm St.,

Sheriff Ceylon Allen, Invest. Dominic Germano of the Sheriff Dept. investigated.

Mr. Bresee was first taken to the Potsdam hospital, later transferred to Watertown. David Donaldson, St. Lawrence County coroner, was summoned.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the Buck Funeral Home in Norwood. The Rev. Darrell Watters, pastor of the Norwood United Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will be made in Riverside Cemetery.

Calling hours at the Buck Funeral Home are today 2-4 and 7-9.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Jandrew Senecal Bresee; his mother, Mrs. Jennie Bresee, Potsdam; three step-sons, Ronald Senecal, Chipman, Vt., Robert Senecal, Mallory, N.Y., Richard Senecal, Norwood; seven step-grandsons; four sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Searles, Potsdam, Mrs. Harold (Hilda) Lindsey, Potsdam, Mrs. Gerald (Grace) Curtis, West Stockholm and Mrs. Arthur (Erma) Markis, Utica.

He was born in Potsdam, Apr. 24, 1913, son of Roy and Jennie Richardson Bresee. He moved to Norwood from Potsdam 16 years ago. He was employed by the Norwood Village Department of Public Works.

He served in the Army in World War 2.


(From the Pauline Deshaies collection, original source unknown).