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Patrick D. Phinney

December 24, 2016

Patrick D. PhinneyPatrick D. Phinney, 63, Cape Coral, FL and formerly of Clayton, NY, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016 with his family at his side.

He was born May 22, 1953, son of Francis Phinney and Marjorie Hickok. Pat was the youngest with three older brothers and three older sisters. He grew up in Clayton and was raised on the family vegetable farm. Pat attended and graduated from Clayton Central School in 1972. He then went to work for Gerald Hammond at the local gas station, buying the business in 1973. When the business out grew the space at the gas station, he went on to buying the local Chevrolet dealership from Bill Dominy.

Pat's first marriage to Deborah Schafer in 1972 brought him his three sons, Christian, Nathan, and Matthew Phinney.

Pat married Deborah Lasell in 2004 bringing him 3 step children, Andrea, Matthew, and Mark Morgia. Amongst the blended family Pat and Deb have 13 grandchildren.

Pat bought his first business in 1973 and had involvement in multiple businesses over the years: Phinney's Service Station, Phinney's Chevrolet (Phinney's Automotive Center), and The Victorian Convenience Center. He was respected in the community as a successful businessman for over 40 years. Pat volunteered in several community programs. He served as the President of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteered with The Lions Club, The Clayton Fire Department, Clayton Fire District as a Commissioner and Chairman, and The Phinney Charitable Foundation, which he founded with his sons in 2010.

Pat loved the outdoors in every fashion. He was an avid hunter and boater. He raised his kids in the woods and on the St. Lawrence River, and that tradition continues to carry on through his kids and grandkids. Pat and Deb loved boating, their trips to St. Maarten, and most recently their home in Florida. Wherever they traveled they seemed to meet "life long" friends.

Pat fought a courageous battle with cancer since July 2014. He will be forever grateful for having his wife Deb by his side as his favorite nurse. In his own words he has said, "I wouldn't have lasted this long without Deb taking care of me!"

Pat was predeceased by his father, Francis, November 26, 1983, his mother, Marjorie, April 24, 1970, and his brother Ronald, February 21, 2006. He is survived by his siblings, Dolores Blasco, Therese Christensen, Jenni (David) Lyle,

David (Teresa) Phinney, and Lawrence (Barbara) Phinney. Also survived by his wife Deborah, and all of their children and grandchildren: Christian Patrick, Nickie, Easton, and Clay Patrick Phinney; Nathan, Trevor, and Emily Phinney; Matthew, Kristin, Carter, and Carlee Phinney; Andrea, Cala, and Cora Morgia; Kia and Keira Morgia-Horning; Matthew, Rebecca, Mia, and AJ Morgia; and Mark, Kylie, and Rocco Morgia.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, from 4 - 7PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton, NY. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 11AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Following the mass there will be a celebration of his life at Clayton Fire Dept., Graves St., Clayton from 12:30 - 5PM. Spring burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Donations in Pat's name may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Dr., MBC-FOUND, Tampa, FL 33612. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#21 Stan Brill 2017-01-09 21:35
To the Family , Prayers too you all in your lose , Pat will be missed . " Peace "
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#20 Peg and Mike Bechaz 2017-01-09 18:59
Too soon... such a nice guy... so sorry for your loss. PEACE
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#19 Guy & LouAnn Clark 2017-01-03 20:48
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Clayton has lost a lot of wonderful people this year, we are sorry that Pat was one of them.
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#18 Steve & Nena Scott 2017-01-02 09:21
Thoughts and prayers. Very sad.
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#17 Cindy Fowler DeVito 2017-01-02 07:04
so sorry to read of Pat's passing. Three of us were talking about Clayton and all the people we knew way back when, and Pat's name came up, along with Ronnie and Larry and Jenn, what a nice group off family members! I will be sure to tell my friends about this, Carole Kenyon, Anne Hewitt. Again so sorry, hugs to all.
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#16 Sue Palmer 2017-01-01 23:57
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please know that I am thinking of you all. Pat will surely be missed.
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#15 Jilleen Phinney 2016-12-30 20:37
My heart & prayers go out to the family. He will be greatly missed.
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#14 Steve and Joanne Bul 2016-12-30 19:16
Our new neighbor, our new friend.
Pat and Deb welcomed us to our new home by helping to unload our moving Pod. That's the way it was. The friendship grew and we cherish the memories of a very special man. Pat went home for Christmas and he will be missed.
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#13 Jayme Lynn Spearnock 2016-12-29 13:07
Our deepest sympathy to Pat's family. He will be missed by anyone that knew him. He always had a smile! So sorry for your loss.
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#12 Skye McIntyre 2016-12-29 08:02
Dear Jenni and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Pat at such a young age. I know he brought much love and joy into your life, which will be deeply missed. The other side of the veil is just a whisper away.
Much Love,
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