Richard “Rick” Stringer

Richard “Rick” Stringer, 65, of Saranac Lake passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Elizabethtown, where he had been a resident since February. Rick finally succumbed to cancer after a courageously fought year-long battle.

Rick was born in Saranac Lake, the first of five children to Robert and June (Lavarnway) Stringer on Oct. 25, 1951.

He attended St. Bernard’s Elementary School and graduated from St.Pius X High School in 1969.

Rick joined the Navy in 1969 and served as an electrician until his retirement in 2001. In 2005, Rick went to work as a custodian for the Saranac Lake Central School District where he remained until his retirement in March of 2017.

He was predeceased by his father Robert “Bob” Stringer in 1976 and his brother Lawrence “Larry” Stringer in 2008.

Rick is survived by his mother June (Stringer) Sherburne; his step father Dale “Bud” Sherburne, of Parishville; and his Aunt Jean (Morgan) McDonough of Saranac Lake; three sisters and their families: Peggy and Dick Dora (Rob and Nick) of Bloomingdale, Linda and Art Spellman (AJ, Megan, Shayla and Reilly) of South Burlington, Vermont, and Nancy and Dave Whitson (David, Alicia, Tailor and Trinity) of Vermontville; a sister-in-law Brenda Stringer (Murphy and Sam) of Saranac Lake; a step sister Heidi Sherburne of Potsdam; and a step brother Dan Sherburne of Vermont. Rick also leaves behind an ex-wife Anna Stringer, their daughter Raylyn and her six children, all of Louisiana; another daughter Jessica Stringer and her four children of Texas. Altogether Rick had 10 grandchildren. He also leaves behind several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Rick was an avid golfer and a die-hard Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns fan fan.

Calling hours will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A memorial service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare and High Peaks Hospice. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at