SARANAC LAKE - William R. Tanzini Jr., 69, of 1510 state Route 86, Saranac Lake, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at home.
Born in Lake Clear on July 24, 1942, he was the son of William and Mary Leona (Donaldson) Tanzini Sr. He married Clemos Pickreign on Oct. 13, 1962 at the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake.
William was a self proclaimed "workaholic" and had owned and operated the Tanzini Construction Company for 27 years. He loved hunting, fishing and trapping and was a past member of the East Branch Hunting Club and a member of the Township 19 Club. He was an avid insulator collector and especially loved garage sales. William was an avid card player and had played pinochle for more than 40 years with a group of special friends from Lake Clear.
He is survived by his wife, Clemos of Saranac Lake; one son, Walter Tanzini of Lake Clear; one daughter, Bonnie Laramee and her husband Keith of Lake Clear; his mother, Mary Leona Tanzini of Uihlein Living Center, Lake Placid; one sister, Carolyn Moody and her husband Mace of Lake Clear; five grandchildren: William, Matthew, Hope, Lexie and Marllie; his very dear friend Maria White of Saranac Lake; several brothers and sisters-in-law: Joseph and Shirley Pickreign of Saranac Lake, Edgar and Charlene of Haines City, Fla., Kenneth Pickreign of Saranac Lake, Helen and Joseph Chase of Bedford, Ind., and Donna and Dave Tappan of Scotia; his aunt and uncle Betty and Robert Girard of Lake Clear; several nieces and nephews; his favorite mechanic Randy Moody and his favorite plumber Tim Moody.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Tanzini, and his father and mother in law, Joseph and Lucille Pickreign Sr. of Saranac Lake.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends wishing to remember William R. Tanzini Jr. may make memorial contributions to High Peaks Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Family and friends can also share their memories, photos and sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.