SARANAC LAKE - Peter Kevin Fitzpatrick passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 after an almost four year battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 24, 1949, he was the son of the late Robert and Leola (Russom) Fitzpatrick. He was a member of the Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1967.
Survivors include his companion, Christine McCoy, of Saranac Lake; his daughter, Leslie Staigar Dussault and her husband Scott of Wilton; his son, Sean Fitzpatrick of East Falmouth, Mass.; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Jackie Fitzpatrick of McKinney, Texas; his nieces and nephews: Stacey (Mark) Herhusky of Lake Tahoe, Christopher O'Donovan of Auburn, Scott Fitzpatrick, Dan (Alyssa) Fitzpatrick and Shannon (Marty) Hauser all of Texas; and his grandchildren: Trae and Keegan Dussault of Wilton. He is also survived by Christine's brothers: Peter McCoy and Franklin John (Janet) McCoy.
In addition to his parents, Pete was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Fitzpatrick O'Donovan.
Pete worked in the bartending business his entire life at such places as the Albany airport, the Saratoga Race Track, the Wishing Well, 43 Phila St., Bishop's Gate, the Ripe Tomato and the Big Apple. He lived and bartended in Florida, Las Vegas, Whiteface Mountain and The Lodge in Lake Placid.
Pete was an avid golfer and spent many days at the McGregor Country Club. If you went to the Wishing Well (or any of the other bars that he worked at), the only channel that was ever tuned in was one with golf on it. He loved his racehorses and was known to bet a race or two at the Saratoga Race Track or OTB.
Pete loved living in Saranac Lake with Christine. He enjoyed his new friends and neighbors but what he loved the most were the animals that frequented his yard - deer, chipmunks, squirrels, blue birds, etc. He also loved visiting with and taking care of the neighborhood dogs - Cash, Beanie, Cedar, Whoopie and Katie. His grandchildren adored the times they spent with him and Christine. He taught them to shoot BB guns, drive the golf cart to Jurassic Park, fish off Jenny's Rock and many other wonderful things that they will never forget!
Special thanks go out to Christine McCoy for all of the love and compassion that she has given to him during this time; he would have never made it this long without her. We would also like to thank the staff of the Oncology Department at Adirondack Medical Center, the Post Office Pharmacy, the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center, High Peaks Hospice and family, friends and neighbors.
A gathering for all friends, family and those who wish to pay respect is set to take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Burke's Funeral Home located at 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Local arrangements are with the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.
In keeping with his wishes, Pete requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, P.O. Box 1111, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 or High Peaks Hospice, 19 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983.