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Ceremony, reception Tuesday at Mansion Nursing Home

Namesake had distinguished career in Saranac Lake

October 10, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

MALONE - There will be a ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the William W. Mansion Nursing Home at 184 Finney Blvd.

The ceremony will open and close with a prayer led by the Rev. Alan Lamica, Catholic chaplain for several correctional facilities in the area. Facilities Director Mary Palmer will offer a few remarks and introduce Megan Mansion Ruthman, William and Irene Mansion's only child, a native of Saranac Lake and 1961 graduate of Saranac Lake High School. Mansion Ruthman will offer some remarks regarding her father, who was originally from Albany and settled in Saranac Lake in 1939.

William Mansion was a state policeman for 19 years as a member of Troop B. After that he served for 20 years as a justice and board member of the town of Harrietstown and chairman of the Franklin County Board of Legislators, ending in 1973 at the onset of a terminal illness.

For 17 years he was also the founder and proprietor of Bill Mansion's Hardware in Saranac Lake.

He spent the last six months of his life as a patient at the facility bearing his name. He died there 34 years ago on Aug. 22, 1977 at the age of 65.

Mansion Ruthman, an Albany area resident for the past 50 years will present an original watercolor painting, titled "Serenity Adirondack Forest, Mountain and Sky," by Alyce Ashe, who was raised in Plattsburgh and served for 23 years as director of constituent services for state Sen. Ronald Stafford, R-Plattsburgh. Mansion Ruthman is giving this painting to honor all the current and past devoted facility staff, and the patients and families they serve.

A reception will follow with coffee, tea, punch and homemade confections in the Activities Room. All friends, families and interested parties are invited to attend.



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