John “Jack” Telfer Chamberlaine
John “Jack” Telfer Chamberlaine joined his savior April 21, 2014, with his family at his side. He was the son of John Lindner Chamberlaine and Marie Telfer Chamberlaine. Born on May 1, 1932, in Albany, New York, Jack attended Onondaga Valley Academy in Syracuse and Syracuse University, graduating with a BA in Business and with a dual major in sales and marketing.
Jack was selected for the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Course in 1954 and was commissioned to second lieutenant on October 23, 1954. He served in the USMC at Camp Pendelton and at 29 Palms Marine Corps Base, where he served on the commanding general’s staff. He retired as a Captain in September, 1958.
Jack met his wife, Phyllis, on a blind date while he was attending Syracuse University in 1953. Phyllis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cortland State Teacher’s College. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1954, and proceeded to Quantico, VA, for Jack’s officer training.
Jack began his business career with Proctor and Gamble as a field salesman and rose to District Manager in two years. He proceeded to become Director of Marketing for Hudson Pulp and Paper Company on Madison Avenue in New York. Jack then became Division Manager for Hudson Pulp and Paper Company in Boston, Massachusetts. He then joined US Envelope as Marketing Manager and VP and finally ended his business career at Eastern Tablet Company in Menands in 1975. In 1977 Jack and his beloved wife, Phyllis, and son, Jefffey, bought David DiMezza Incorporated Sports Shop, which later moved to Perry Street and became the Adirondack Sports Center. In 1995 they purchased the Townsend Plaza on the Arterial Highway, where they ran the sports shop for the next few years. Jack and Phyllis retired in 1997.
Jack was an honorary life member of the New England Arms Collector’s Association, a member of the New York State Arms Collector’s Association and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Eccentric Club in Gloversville. Jack loved the outdoors of the Adirondacks, hunting, fishing, trapping and all that goes with it. He and Phyllis enjoyed their retirement with their grandchildren and traveling together to the Outer Banks. He was also an avid gardener and gun collector.
Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife Phyllis, his brother Lee and all of his wife’s brothers and sisters. Jack is survived by his daughter, Dawn Chamberlaine, his son, Jeffrey Chamberlaine, his daughter, Catherine Chamberlaine, his daughter, Kristen Chamberlaine and six grandchildren.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24th, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St; Gloversville. A mass of Christian burial will take place 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 151 S. Main St; Gloversville. The Rev. Matthew Wetsel will be the celebrant.
Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
In lieu of flowers, please think of a joke that Jack once told you. Smile and he’ll know.
Please visit and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com