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Abraham Thomas Caldwell, Te ka ron hio kon, 97, formerly of 124 Tewesateni Road, Kawehnoke, peacefully passed away early Wednesday morning January 20, 2021 at the Tsiionkwanonhso:te Home.

Abraham was born on September 11, 1923 on Kawehnoke, the son of the late Paul and Katie (Seymour) Caldwell. He attended school at Cornwall Island Indian Day School. On July 2, 1949, he married his loving wife of 66 years, Lila Caldwell, (Oakes) at the St. Regis Catholic Church. She predeceased him on March 20, 2015.

Abraham worked on the family farm and the Cornwall International Bridge until his marriage where he began work for a demolition company in Syracuse, NY. Later he worked construction and iron work for Local 440 of Utica, NY. Due to injuries sustained in a construction accident in 1967, Abraham later worked for the Lacrosse Factory and Travelling College on Kawehnoke.

Abraham enjoyed working in his gardens every summer, doing yard work, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, playing bingo and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Abraham was a communicant of the St. Regis Catholic Church and always enjoyed his many visits with Father Jerome Pastores and Sister Christine Taylor.

Besides his wife and parents, Abraham was predeceased by one son, Arnold Caldwell on November 2, 1991, and his daughter-in-law, Maxine Caldwell(Cole), his brothers Michael Caldwell and James Caldwell and his sisters, Agnes Caldwell-Boots and Annie Caldwell-McDonald.

Abraham is survived by his children Deborah Caldwell (Vaughn), Harold Caldwell both of Kawehnoke and Norman Caldwell of New Jersey.

Also surviving Abraham are his grandchildren, Dallas Caldwell (Christine), Dakota Caldwell, Philip Bourgeois, Lorrie Caldwell(Louie Cook), Katelyn Cook(Andrew Espling), and Kara Cook(Braden Ettherington). Also survived by his great-grandchildren, Bradley Cook-Green, Ashtynn, Maelee, Bostin and Dallas Jr. Cook, Tenisha Caldwell, Kyiah, Bronce and Stylez King, Tyren, Chase and Mila Cook, Auria and Jaxson Espling, Coen and Nial Ettherington, and chosen grandson, Joshua King. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, West Branch, (613-932-8482).

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation and a private memorial mass will be set at a later date for immediate family only.


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