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Frank E. deClercq

Ravena, New York

April 28, 1947 - May 31, 2024

Frank E. deClercq Obituary

Frank E. deClercq



Ravena – Frank passed away on Friday May 31, 2024 after close to a year of his battle with lymphoma at The Hospice Inn located in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. With the best care, support and Love from all the nurses, techs and Doctors there, he was able to be moved to the Hospice Inn, which is the only place he wanted for his comfort care. He passed away peacefully in his wife’s arms after being moved there on Sunday.


Frank was born in Cortland, NY on April 28,1947. Son the late Donald and Eloise (Stafford) deClercq. Siblings are; Larrie (Deanna) deClercq of League City, Tx; Vernon deClercq of MD; Ann (Robert) Mosher of Cortland, NY; Karolena deClercq of Fl. Predeceased by his sister, Jeannine Elson of Orlando, Fl, stepson, Robert LaBelle several nieces and nephews and his beloved Mr. Pedro Kitty and the 12 other furry and feathered babies they shared. Frank had 3 children, Suzzanne deClercq of Cortland, NY, Audrey Smith of Cortland, NY and Nathan Lierbo of Houston Tx; stepchildren, Michele Bendzlowicz of New Baltimore and John LaBelle of FL. and stepson Robert LaBelle  He was a grandpa to 7 and a great-grandpa to 8 with one due soon; step-granddad to 5 and step-great-grandpa to 1. 


 Frank started his electrical career at 19 years of age working alongside his brother-in-law and then joined the IBEW Local #43 out of Syracuse, NY in 1996 before retiring in 2014 to spend more time with his Wife Carol in Ravena. Frank enjoyed working around the family farmland on his farm tractor, either it be brush-hogging or clearing fallen trees out of the pastures for the farmer who leased the land and then hauling them up to the farmhouse to be split for firewood or walking the acres to make sure everything was okay and as of the last couple years the beaver who took up residency in the lower pasture. He loved being at the farmhouse for the all the beauty it had to offer and feeding the never-ending flocks of all kinds of birds. He loved visiting all the parks along the Hudson River from Waterford to Catskill and listening to the free concerts there during the summer months and keeping track of Hudson our resident Swan at the Coeymans Landing Park.


Their favorite camping spot was along Lake Ontario just south Sacketts Harbor, NY at Wescott Beach State Park. So, they could visit Carol’s family. Frank met his wife Carol on an online dating service, but they missed their first meetup at the NYS fair because of traffic. They finally were able to meet in Oneonta and had their first date at Howes Caverns. As it was the last thing on their minds, they didn’t step on the heart in the floor at the Chapel but did on their 15th Wedding Anniversary. Engaged in 2003 and they eloped to Niagara Falls on July 4th, 2004 so they would always have fireworks on their anniversary. Needless to say, they were just short of their 20th Anniversary, but Frank did receive his Anniversary card early. During his last month at St. Peter’s Hospital. Carol would tell him how lucky she was to have found him and he would tell her that he was the lucky one. The last words he spoke to her when she was leaving on Saturday to go home was “I love you “.


Services are being planned locally and in Cortland to accommodate his family and friends. Flowers as not necessary, as Frank said they die too soon, but a plant or two would be OK. And if you want you could make Donations to the America Cancer Society or Community Hospice.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Frank E. deClercq hosted by Babcock Funeral Home.

Frank E. deClercq



Ravena – Frank passed away on Friday May 31, 2024 after close to a year of his battle with lymphoma at The Hospice Inn located in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. With the best care, support and Love from all the nurses, techs and Doctors there, he was able to be moved to the Hospice Inn, which is the only place he wanted for his comfort care. He passed away peacefully in his wife’s arms after being moved there on Sunday.


Frank was born in Cortland, NY on April 28,1947. Son the late Donald and Eloise (Stafford) deClercq. Siblings are; Larrie (Deanna) deClercq of League City, Tx; Vernon deClercq of MD; Ann (Robert) Mosher of Cortland, NY; Karolena deClercq of Fl. Predeceased by his sister, Jeannine Elson of Orlando, Fl, stepson, Robert LaBelle several nieces and nephews and his beloved Mr. Pedro Kitty and the 12 other furry and feathered babies they shared. Frank had 3 children, Suzzanne deClercq of Cortland, NY, Audrey Smith of Cortland, NY and Nathan Lierbo of Houston Tx; stepchildren, Michele Bendzlowicz of New Baltimore and John LaBelle of FL. and stepson Robert LaBelle  He was a grandpa to 7 and a great-grandpa to 8 with one due soon; step-granddad to 5 and step-great-grandpa to 1. 


 Frank started his electrical career at 19 years of age working alongside his brother-in-law and then joined the IBEW Local #43 out of Syracuse, NY in 1996 before retiring in 2014 to spend more time with his Wife Carol in Ravena. Frank enjoyed working around the family farmland on his farm tractor, either it be brush-hogging or clearing fallen trees out of the pastures for the farmer who leased the land and then hauling them up to the farmhouse to be split for firewood or walking the acres to make sure everything was okay and as of the last couple years the beaver who took up residency in the lower pasture. He loved being at the farmhouse for the all the beauty it had to offer and feeding the never-ending flocks of all kinds of birds. He loved visiting all the parks along the Hudson River from Waterford to Catskill and listening to the free concerts there during the summer months and keeping track of Hudson our resident Swan at the Coeymans Landing Park.


Their favorite camping spot was along Lake Ontario just south Sacketts Harbor, NY at Wescott Beach State Park. So, they could visit Carol’s family. Frank met his wife Carol on an online dating service, but they missed their first meetup at the NYS fair because of traffic. They finally were able to meet in Oneonta and had their first date at Howes Caverns. As it was the last thing on their minds, they didn’t step on the heart in the floor at the Chapel but did on their 15th Wedding Anniversary. Engaged in 2003 and they eloped to Niagara Falls on July 4th, 2004 so they would always have fireworks on their anniversary. Needless to say, they were just short of their 20th Anniversary, but Frank did receive his Anniversary card early. During his last month at St. Peter’s Hospital. Carol would tell him how lucky she was to have found him and he would tell her that he was the lucky one. The last words he spoke to her when she was leaving on Saturday to go home was “I love you “.


Services are being planned locally and in Cortland to accommodate his family and friends. Flowers as not necessary, as Frank said they die too soon, but a plant or two would be OK. And if you want you could make Donations to the America Cancer Society or Community Hospice.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Frank E. deClercq hosted by Babcock Funeral Home.

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