Mr. David L. Fleming, 75, passed away Saturday Evening, January 15th, at his residence, where he was under the care of his wife, his daughter Stephanie, and Hospice of Jefferson County, after a long illness.
There will be a Military Graveside Committal Service at Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery in the Spring at a date to be announced.
Dave was born November 2nd, 1946, in Gouverneur, the son of Wallace and Helen Law Fleming. He received his education in Watertown.
He joined the United States Marine Corp on October 13th, 1964. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant on April 1st, 1968. Dave received many awards during his service, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
On July 7th, 1970, he married the former Catherine Dobson in Harrisville.
Dave worked at various places including Gouverneur Talc, J & L in Star Lake, Viking Snowplow in Harrisville, and Frink Snowplow in Clayton. He retired after many years as a Correction Officer at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility.
He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, the Army National Guard, the Masons, and a former member of the Tuesday Nights Men’s Golf League at LA Golf Course, and Colon Couch Post 821 American Legion in Clayton.
Dave enjoyed his 1941 Dodge.
Surviving besides his wife Cathy, is his daughter Stephanie (Richard) Badi of Clayton; two sons, Dave Fleming II of Brownville, and Fred Fleming of Nevada; one sister, Donna Thompson of Texas; nieces and nephews.
Two sisters, Janette Forte, and Catherine Marquette, and his twin brother Donald Fleming, all predeceased him.
Donations can be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
I loved Dave so much. He was truly a American hero. He always saw life like me black and white and not a lot of grey. I can not say enough about him. He was always fair even when you didn’t want to hear it. There are not a lot so people that should be respected like Dave.
Thomas & Darlene Bush
So Sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you all..
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing . Awesome man with a great sense of humor ! Will cherish our time golfing together especially having a few hits from his flask …. Always called a spade a spade no matter what !
Rest easy my friend. Awesome coworker, Marine, & brother Mason . Will be missed by all but NEVER forgotten.
JK Lawton retired correctional officer.
I worked with Officer Fleming in corrections, he was top notch, never afraid to tell it like it was!!! So sorry for your lose. God bless.
Mike and Kathy Strough
Our sympathies to Cathy and family. So sorry to hear of Dave’s illness and pasing, he certainly was a sweetheart. Mike worked with him in the days of Frink’s. “right now memories bring tears, but there will be a time when memories bring smiles”
John & Georgie Kormondy
R I P Dave, you have earned it. My Brother in lodge & my hunting buddy . My condolences to Kathy & family.
RIP my friend, you were one of the best officers I worked with, always had my back and also made me breakfast from time to time. It was a pleasure to have known and worked with you.
John and Jeannine Hammersley
Our thoughts and prayers to you Cathy and your family. We were very sorry to read about David’s passing. He was a great guy always enjoyed visiting with with him. He had a great sense of humor and a huge heart. Always spoke very highly of his children who he was very proud of. The Flemming family were great neighbors to Carnie we have always been very grateful- thank you. We know you must all be very sad – he is resting in peace after a long journey. Thankful you were all by his side during his time of need.