DALE R. SISSON Dale Rufus Sisson passed away at his home in Northport Point, Michigan on April 7, 2012. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a short but valiant fight against cancer. He was 89 years old. Dale was born at his family home in Potsdam, New York on June 23, 1922 to Dorothy Irene (Castle) and Rufus Lasher Sisson Jr. He grew up in a prominent Potsdam family that owned and operated a paper and lumber company, the Raquette River Paper Company. He attended Potsdam High School where he excelled in academics and sports. As a member of the Class of 1944, he graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the Sphinx senior society. After college, he briefly joined the family paper business before enlisting in the Army in 1946. He served for a year in Fort Custer, Michigan before heading back home to rejoin the family business. Spending time in all departments of the paper mill he eventually landed in sales, a profession that naturally suited his friendly and gregarious nature. When the family business got sold in 1955, Dale was the only member of the Sisson family that stayed on with the new company, Orchard Paper Company. As Eastern Region Sales Manager, he traveled extensively throughout the eastern seaboard selling paper products and high pressure laminates. In 1989, after 45 years in the paper industry, he retired from Borden Inc., which had acquired Orchard. He is survived by his wife Norma Dale (Buchanan) Sisson who was with him at the end, after nearly 65 years together. They met in Potsdam where Norma was attending the State Teachers College and were married in Larchmont, NY in September 1947. Starting their life in Manhattan, NY, they moved to Rye, NY for a brief period and eventually settled in Stamford, CT where they lived and raised their family for 39 years. In 1994 Dale and Norma retired to his family's summer retreat in Northport Point, MI, where they built a beautiful addition to the family cottage which to this day continues to house generations of visiting family and friends. In addition to his wife, Dale is survived by his children Dale Fraser Sisson Lersch (Sean Cronin) of West Hartford, CT; Roxana Castle Sisson (P. Andrew) Wieland of Northport Point, MI; Rufus Lasher Sisson II (Judy) of Chesterfield, MO and Abigail Margaret Sisson (Norman) Olsen of Bethel, CT as well as 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Dale was preceded in death by his sister Virginia White and his brother Jack Sisson. Family and friends will celebrate his rich life at a memorial service at "The Point" this summer. The family suggests that gifts in Dale's memory be sent to the Atwill Memorial Chapel Association, 105 N. Northcott Drive, Northport, MI 49670. Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
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Published in StamfordAdvocate on Apr. 15, 2012