More Obituaries for Suzanne Macy
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Suzanne F. Macy

1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Suzanne F. Macy Obituary

Suzanne F. Macy, of Avon CT, wife of the late David E. Macy, died at age 88 on January 26th 2014. She was born in Syracuse, NY on June 27, 1925, the daughter of Bernal and Marjorie (Stearns) Foster and graduated from the Albany HS in 1943. In 1950 Sue moved to Secret Lake, thus beginning a 63 year love affair with the town and people of Avon. Throughout the years, she never once considered moving. As long as she could live and travel independently, she was staying put; her friends needed her, her community needed her, her church needed her, and her family needed her. It was always unselfishly about others. Reluctantly and with great dignity she agreed to move to Ocala, FL in June of 2013 needing to be closer to her daughter for health reasons. Sue worked as a legal secretary retiring in 1973 after completing 30 years of employment for various law firms in NY and CT. After her husband died in 1988, Sue found a made-for-her part-time job at Dana's Consignment Shop in Canton/Simsbury. She worked there for 15 years taking care of her passion for being a well dressed stylish woman on a budget. The most telling qualities about Sue come from her volunteer work. Throughout her life she was a poster girl for all things volunteer and helpful. She lived her life simply with loyalty, commitment, a helping hand, and above all else kindness. A favorite motto she lived by: "It is always better to be kind than right." While most people are given service awards for 5, 10 years of service, Sue got awards for decades of consistent and dedicated service. She was a volunteer for the Avon Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years, serving in the Women's Auxiliary, and eventually becoming a Captain in the Headquarters Company. She worked as a volunteer for FAVARH for 49 years, a regular fixture at their Thrift Shop. She was recording secretary and worked for the Well-Child clinic for the VNA for 20 + years. She was a 2-term president for the Avon Women's Club, a long-time member of the West Avon Garden Club, and volunteered for the American Red Cross. She volunteered as a driver for VNA and delivered Meals on Wheels for years. In 1983 she was the recipient of the Avon Lions Citizen of the Year Award. She supported the Avon Historical Society with time and treasure and served as a docent at Pine Grove school house. She reluctantly joined the Avon Seniors group in her elder years. She grew to love being an active member of the Avon Seniors where she served as secretary in 2007, shared many meals with friends, and actively participated in the fitness programs twice a week. Following in her late husband's passion for all things fire memorabilia, she was a founding member of the Connecticut Fireman's Historical Museum and often volunteered her time staffing the museum. Her longest relationship was with the Avon Congregational Church; joining in 1951 she has continued her membership over the past 63 years. Her passion was always music and she sang with the choir for 31 years. For many years she also served as a Stephen Minister, always a faithful and loyal minister to her assigned care receivers. A bad day for Sue was staying at home. She loved to be outside, active and on the go. Her favorite sport was tennis and she played well into her 70's. Living at Secret Lake, she could often be found playing golf at the late, great Canton Public Golf Course. She bowled, took regular hikes alone and with friends, skied cross-country, enjoyed traveling both domestic and foreign, cultivated beautiful gardens, enjoyed Elder Hostels and learning new things, and she loved going to the Avon Landfill, a.k.a. the dump! In 1980 she found herself thrust into grand-motherhood when her daughter and two grandchildren moved back home. She barely skipped a beat, just adding two very young children to her daily errands, outings and volunteer responsibilities. She never complained following another favorite motto: "Ya gotta do what ya gotta do." Sue, affectionately known as Mama Sue, was strong, stoic, loving, kind, fiercely loyal and generous. A lover of big dogs she and Dave owned 5 labs over the years to fill their empty nest. She was always ready with a smile and a way of making everyone feel welcomed and cared for. She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Joiner and son-in-law, Jerry Joiner of Ocala FL (formerly Canton CT), grandchildren Jonathan Dobbert and wife Heather Dobbert of Enfield CT, Jenna Dobbert of Charlotte NC, Jennifer Roberts and husband David Roberts of Tallahassee FL, Matthew Joiner and wife Colleen Joiner of Sarasota FL and her great grandchildren Delaney, Joshua, Allison, Luke, Eryn and Elijah. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St, Avon, CT 06001 (860)678-0488 on Saturday, March 8th at 3:00 pm. A reception will follow at the church. Donations may be made in her memory to the Avon Congregational Church.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 2, 2014
Read More