Giumarra, John Charles STEPHENTOWN John Charles "Grandpa Jake", age 62, of Stephentown, N.Y., died peacefully on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Lebanon, Tenn. at the home of his eldest daughter, Tricia Burkett. John was born January 2, 1950 in the Bronx, N.Y. to the late, Charles and Jane Giumarra. He enjoyed an active childhood with his large family hunting, fishing and exploring the woods and mountains of the Giumarra "Three Hills Farm." John spent the majority of his career as a pipe fitter with the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 7 working all over the Capital Region. He taught his children many lessons. His favorite saying was that "he was a good, bad example." Most importantly he taught his children the value of hard work. He enjoyed an early retirement and had since used his skills to create artistic iron works. He had great pride in his ironwork that he proudly labeled, "Heirloom Iron." He is survived by children, Tricia (Ron) Burkett of Lebanon, Tenn., Lisa (Randy) Sanders of Hoosick, N.Y., Nick (Kerry) Giumarra of Queensbury, N.Y., Tony (Nadia) Giumarra of Queensbury, N.Y.; grandchildren, Zach (Mellisa) Pederson, Ryan Sanders, Natalie, Sadie, Colin, Jenise and Anthony Giumarra; great-grandchildren, Kaydon and Brian; siblings, Frank (Becky) Giumarra of Cherry Plain, N.Y. Jim (Linda) Giumarra of Salem, N.Y., Charlie Giumarra of Stephentown, N.Y., Mary Jane (George) Iksic of Valencia, Pa., Joe Giumarra of Stephentown, Richard Giumarra of Providencetown, Mass. /Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A remembrance of John will be held from 12- 4 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Stephentown Fire Department Pavillion located on Grange Hall Road in Stephentown. In lieu of flowers or donations, please reach out to a loved one and buy them a beer or cup of coffee or just spend some time with them. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (615) 773-2663. Obit Line: (615)641-2663 www.bondmemorial.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 9, 2013