PLATTSBURGH — Derrick Venne, 79, passed away on Feb. 7, 2002, at his home after a brief illness.
Derrick was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on. April 11, 1922, the son of Derrick J. Venne and Lillian (Fountain) Venne.
Following the untimely death of his parents, he and his siblings were raised by their maternal grandparents, Joseph and Jenny (Bourassa) Fountain.
He graduated from Mount Assumption Institute in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, serving as a crew chief for B-17 bombers stationed in England.
He is survived by his children, Ricky, John, and Cindy; and two grandchildren. Other surviving family members include three sisters, Honey (Venne) Light and her husband, Andre of Plattsburgh, Albina (Venne) Lysaght of Florida, Ramona (Venne) Heruska and her husband, Edward of Texas, and Theresa Venne of Champlain, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Derrick is also survived by his longtime business partner and friend of 30 years, Mr. Norman McCracken. Mr. Venne and Mr. McCracken were well known antique dealers, with French’s Antique Shops located in Arizona, Maryland, Florida and Mississippi. Although retired, Derrick continued to attend antique shows until his recent illness. Prior to becoming an antique dealer, he was the proprietor of the "Highway Restaurant" on Route 9 South in Plattsburgh and "French’s Restaurant" in Phoenix, Ariz.
Mr. Venne was preceded in death by three sisters, Genevieve (Venne) Laundrie, Geraldine (Venne) Bedard and Lillian (Venne) Rabideau; and by one brother, Robert Venne.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A private funeral service for the family will follow. Burial will be in the spring in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
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