Clyde M. Rabideau Sr., 80, of Schuyler Falls, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, under the care of Hospice and surrounded by his large family in the home he built on the Irish Settlement Road.
He was born Oct. 13, 1936, in Chazy Lake, N.Y., the son of Medor and Lillian (Varin) Rabideau, the fourth of six children in a French-speaking family that moved onto a 240-acre Schuyler Falls farm in 1940.
Clyde attended a one one-room schoolhouse on Mason Street and then graduated from Peru Central School at the age of 16, leading the boy's soccer team in goals scored his senior year. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps thereafter and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Married with children, he worked his way through Albany Business College, manning an eight-hour night shift at a Latham bowling alley and attending classes by day. His first job after graduating with a degree in accounting was with National Commercial Bank and Trust Company and then he started his career at Plattsburgh Air Force Base where he eventually served as Deputy Chief of Accounting and Finance. He retired from civilian Air Force duty following the closure of the Plattsburgh base assigned to Hickam Field in Hawaii.
After retirement, Clyde avidly pursued his passion for genealogy, tracing and recording the Robidou family and all its descendants from 1667 and published several books about notable and interesting Robidoux family members. He became a featured speaker at Robidou family reunions throughout the United States and Canada and was a guest of honor in St. Joseph, Mo., for a commemoration of Joseph Robidoux, the city's founder.
Clyde was an accomplished trapper, following in the footsteps of his father, hunter, fisherman—able to catch large brook trout with his hands—home-builder and champion poker player. He was a connoisseur of heartnuts, dandelion wine, pickles and French fries and insisted upon soaking the latter in cold water a full day ahead of deep-frying.
Clyde coached Pee Wee Baseball in West Plattsburgh, served as President of the Saranac Central School Board, and was a member of the American Legion, Post 1619.
Clyde was predeceased by his parents, sister Rachael and brothers Medor "Jay" and Darryl.
His is survived by his wife Linda Gonyo (Flaten), brothers Alvin and LeRoy, children Clyde Jr. and wife Janie (Bevilacqua), Mitchell and wife Peggy (Buckley), Michelle, Guy and wife Chimane (Pereira), and Jay and wife Heather (Agoney), stepchildren Peter, Kimberly, Kari, grandchildren Randi, Kelli, Kasey, Lauren, Rian, Mark, Anna, Briand, Jeline, Alyze, Reed, Jean-Luc, Lynasia, Jaelie, Eryn, Tracey, Hayden, Nevaeh and Samantha, step grandchildren Damian, Catherine, Isidora, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh, with a funeral service to follow in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in the spring at St. Alexander's Cemetery.
To share a photo, story, or condolence with the family please visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518) 563-1760.
Published on March 13, 2017