Barclay Potts

Obituary of Barclay D. Potts

Barclay Donald Potts, 92, formerly of Hazeltine Ave and Aldren Ave in Jamestown, NY, went to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of July 31, 2020 at Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility in Greenhurst, NY. Barclay was born at home at 37½ Scott St in Tonawanda, NY on Nov 26, 1927 to Orland and Edna Loeswick Potts. Barclay began working at Mattheis Milk in Tonawanda at the age of 16, while attending Tonawanda High School. He graduated in 1945. He continued to work in the milk industry for Dairylea Milk in Tonawanda and Jamestown and later for Upstate Milk in Jamestown for a total of 47 years. In his retirement, he worked doing maintenance at Camp Mission Meadows for 23 years until his second retirement at the age of 86. At Mission Meadows, he was given the nickname, "Sweet Barclay." Barclay married the love of his life, Lucille Crandall Potts, on Nov 4, 1950 in Tonawanda, NY. He was transferred to Jamestown in 1956 and bought a home on Hazeltine Ave where they lived for 51 years, raising their family. Lucille died on August 4, 2018, after almost 68 years of marriage. Barclay was a member of First Covenant Church for 63 years, where he served as a Deacon, Usher and Sunday School treasurer. He also helped as a handy man around the church. Barclay loved his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, hunting, boating, fishing, horseshoes and traveling. He and Lucille enjoyed 24 winters together in Florida and had many wonderful "snow bird" friends. Barclay was a Boy Scout leader and served as a swim official for high school and college swimming. In addition to his wife, Barclay is preceded in death by his son, Barclay "Skip" Potts, Jr., his daughter-in-law Jan Hallstrom Potts, three brothers William Potts, James Potts and wife Gloria, and Edward Potts, his sister Sally Ann and her husband Joseph Russell, his sister Karen and husband Joseph Dexter, and his brother-in-law Thomas Geerkin. He is survived by a brother, Richard (Mina) Potts of Crystal Beach, Ontario, a sister, Judith Geerkin of Tonawanda, NY, and two sisters-in-law, Joanne "Wana" Potts of Dunham, NC and Beverly Kallin of Bradenton, FL. His surviving children are a daughter, Carolyn Potts of Jamestown, NY, a son, David Potts of Austin TX, a daughter, Linda (Robert) Walrod of Jamestown, NY, and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Potts of Richland, NY. His grandchildren include Timothy (Kristen Peterson) McGinnis, Patrick (Jenny) McGinnis, Janelle Potts, Joelle (Duane) VanEtten, Brett Potts, Aaron Potts, Annemarie Potts, Lisa (Matthew) Stanton and Sandra Walrod. He has three great-grandchildren, Elliana, Isaac and Emma Stanton. He is also survived by his good friend, Tim Timblin and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 1-3 pm at Lind Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at the funeral home officiated by Rev Adam Rohler of First Covenant Church. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to First Covenant Church 520 Spring St Jamestown, NY 14701 or to Camp Mission Meadows 5201 East Lake Road Dewittville, NY 14728. You may leave words of condolence to Barclay's family at
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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Lind Funeral Home
805 W. Third Street
Jamestown, New York, United States
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