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David Allen Corp, 91, of 241 Ontario Drive South passed away at Samaritan Summit Village on May 28, 2014. Mr. Corp was the son of the late David T and Lida (Webb) Corp, he was born on January 20, 1923 in Syracuse, NY and came to Watertown to live with his Aunt and Uncle, the late Mr. and Mrs. PJ Smith at their home at 519 Clay Street with the exception of a three year period when Mr. Smith was assigned to the Ogdensburg Store of the company. Mr. Corp resided at the Clay St. address until his marriage in April of 1961. He attended Watertown Schools, graduating from Watertown High School the Class of 1941. Following graduation Mr. Corp was employed at the New York Air Brake Company. This employment was interrupted when in 1943 he entered active duty in the US Army Signal Corp and later on was transferred to the Army Corp of Engineers. Mr. Corp served at a number of Post in Texas before serving overseas in the Pacific Theater during WW2. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1946 Mr. Corp returned to the New York Air Brake Co. where he remained until 1949. At this time he enrolled in Canton Agricultural and Technical Institute from which he graduated in 1951. After two short term employments Mr. Corp was employed by New York State Department of Public Works, (later The Department of Transportation) from which he retired in 1988 following 35 years of service.

On April 1st of 1961 Mr. Corp married Miss Muriel A Newman, the daughter of the late Albert E. and Gladys P. Newman at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert D. Jones and the late Rev. John Warren officiating. Mrs. Corp passed away April 28th, 1983. Mr. Corp is survived by his son Bruce A. Corp of Cortland. He is also survived by his granddaughters; Maura Ann Corp and Bridget Helene Corp. A sister, Mrs. Clara Laubscher and two brothers; William H. and George T. Corp predeceased him. He is also survived by nephews, nieces and cousins.

Following his retirement Mr. Corp made trips to San Antonio where he had been stationed at Fort Sam Houston, to attend the Barber Shop International Convention and the First of two trips to Britain, the second of these two trips was with the Northern Chorale Society which presented five concerts including one at the Westminster Abbey under the direction of Dr. Peter Allen of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Corp was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and of the Church’s Chancel Choir. He also served on a number of church committees, was church Lay Leader and Lay Member of Conference, attending a number of annual conference meetings for the church.

Always interested in music, Mr. Corp joined the Church Choir at the age of 15. He was also a member of The Watertown Male Chorus, The Islander Chorus SPEBSQSA Inc. and The Northern Choral Society. Of the latter two groups he was in the organizing groups. Mrs. Corp was also a member of the Northern Chorale and Asbury Choice, Voices of the River Male Chorus. Both Mr. and Mrs. Corp were active with Watertown Community Concert Association and also supported the Jefferson Community College Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and Jefferson County Historical Society and the American Red Cross.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cleveland Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held on Sunday June 1, 2014 from 4-7 PM at Cleveland Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Monday June 2, 2014 at 10 A.M. at the Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Leon VanWie officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.

Contributions and gifts in David’s memory may be made to the Asbury Memorial Fund or Music and Organ Fund or the Northern Chorale Society.

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