Jeffrey Ossont

Jeffrey W. Ossont

1961 - 2018

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Obituary of Jeffrey W. Ossont

Big Moose - Jeffrey W. "Foot" Ossont, of Big Moose, NY, beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, went to rest with his lord on July 23, 2018 at his home after losing a hard-fought cancer battle with his loving family by his side.

Jeff was born in Rome, NY on June 18, 1961, a son of Robert and Jean Cooper Ossont. He attended Westmoreland Central School and graduated with the class of 1980. Jeff worked on area farms as a teen, then for Mohawk Meats and also Smith Packing. Jeffery was united in marriage to Veronica A. Britton on May 8,1982 at Bartlett Baptist church in Rome. In 1983, the couple relocated to Big Moose where Jeff was the caretaker and bartender of the Big Moose Inn, meeting numerous customers from all over the world, leading to great friendships he still held dear. Jeff is known for his great personality, sense of humor, lending hands, a real “class act”, people would say. In 1993, Jeff became an employee of the Town of Webb Department of Public Works, only just retiring in June after 25 years. Jeffery has been a member of his local fire departments since age 16 and just received recognition for his 35 years of service with the Big Moose Fire Company. He was a current commissioner representing Town of Webb Fire District #1 and has been for the past 16 years. Foot was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed NASCAR, attending numerous games and races through the years. One of Foot’s greatest joys was “yachting” in North Bay on Big Moose Lake with his best friend and wife Vicki, family and friends.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Vicki of 36 years; his children, Jason of Old Forge and Jesse and her husband, Lance Hoffert of Woodgate; two cherished grandchildren, Adrienne and Triton; his parents Robert and Jean Ossont of Oriskany; his mother in law, Dorothy Britton of Rome; his siblings, Robert and Sherry Ossont of Mount Morris; Charles and Kathy Ossont of Appleton, WI; Guy and Nancy Ossont of Westmorland; David and Charlene Ossont of Carmichael, CA; Dennis Ossont of Norwich, CT; Joy and Steven Mientkiewicz of Rushford; Steven and Laura Ossont of Westmoreland; two brothers in law and sisters in law, John and Kathy Jo Britton of Rome and Kimberly and Daniel Charchian of Bossier City, LA and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and one great great niece. He was predeceased by one brother, Thomas Ossont; one sister, Charlene Ossont and his father in law, John Britton.

In keeping with Jeff's wishes, there will be no public services. Arrangement are under the direction of the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St. Herkimer, NY. There will be a future celebration of Foot’s life and spreading of his ashes arranged by the family at their convenience. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Believe 271, PO Box 480, 8530 Old Poland Rd, Barneveld NY 13304 and or your local fire department.

Jeffery’s family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Thomas Socash, Old Forge; Dr. Andrew Pellecchia of St. Luke’s, Utica; Dr. Merima Ramovic-Zobic and the staff at the Regional Cancer Center of Utica; Dr. Jason Wallen, Dr. Mashaal Dhir and the 5th floor ICU staff of Upstate Medical University, Syracuse; Cheryl, Judy, Tina, Ashley, and Jan of Hospice, Onieda, Herkimer, and Eastern Madison Counties.

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