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Lawrence Paul Phinney

April 3, 2020

Lawrence Paul PhinneyLawrence Paul "Larry" Phinney, 71, of Clayton passed away in his home surrounded by family Friday, April 3, 2020, after battling cancer for over a decade. He was born to Marjorie and Francis Phinney, Clayton, NY on August 11, 1948. He was one of seven children.

Larry attended Clayton School. He left to pursue his passion and God-given talent of automotive mechanics. He attended General Motors school in Buffalo, NY and graduated at the age of 18. Word of Larry’s talents in the automotive industry led to opportunities to hone his craft in Philadelphia, PA and Syracuse, NY.

The St. Lawrence River called him home where he met, married and built a family with Barbara Augustine Phinney in 1969. They went on to have three children, Kurt, Sarasota, FL, Michael, San Diego, CA, and Jessica and fiance Stephen Hanna, Clayton.

He is also survived by his four siblings, Delores Blasco, VA, David and wife Teresa Phinney, FL, Theresa Christensen, Clayton, and Jenni and husband David Lyle, SC, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In the late 1970s he founded and operated Phinney’s Chevrolet with his brother until leaving the business in the early 1990s. Larry owned several properties and operated small automotive businesses throughout the Thousand Islands until his first diagnosis of cancer led to his retirement in 2006.

Larry was an outstanding father and one of his greatest joys in life was being a grandfather to Michael’s son Connor and Jessica’s daughter Magdalene.

Larry was genuine, patient, kind, spiritual and down to earth. He is perhaps best known for his one of a kind sense of humor and ability to put others at ease and make them smile. His passions were the Adirondacks where he enjoyed camping, hunting and hiking. Larry was also passionate about automotive technology, building and experimenting with mechanical engineering in his basement and shop.

He took pride and joy in cultivating the home, garden and the land that he and Barbara lived on for over 40 years. Nothing brought him greater joy then a summer’s day surrounded by friends, family and his boxer dog Duke, sipping a Labatts Blue, kicking the old John Deere up to rabbit speed, watching the sun set on the day and telling stories around a bonfire at night.

Barbara and Larry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August, 2019.

He was preceded by his mother Marjorie, father Francis, brothers Ronald and Patrick and companion boxer dog Duke.

In lieu of family visitation, burial, or a memorial service at this time, the family welcomes condolences and memories be shared online at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., E. Syracuse, NY 13057, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave. or Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, 75 Francis St., both in Boston, MA 02215.


#44 Geddy Lee 2020-04-30 22:21
Lawrence helped me out once, but we passed quickly as two old guys do. I'm sorry I'm late to the condolences Phinney Family. G.L.
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#43 JoAnn Oar 2020-04-18 14:12
So very sorry to hear about your Dad.
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#42 Dickey Betts 2020-04-16 14:17
Keep rocking Larry. Our condolences to the Phinney family.
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#41 Jim and Dona Shaw 2020-04-11 16:00
Barb and family we are sorry to hear of Larry's passing! He put up a long fight. Heaven received another Angel. Our thoughts and prayers to you and family.
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#40 Herb&Sharon Seymour 2020-04-10 16:02
Larry & I had some great times growing up in Clayton. I'm so sad to hear he has passed away. He was a great pal. I know he put up the good fight over the last years. There are some great stories to cherish. RIP my friend.
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#39 Sarah and Lance Camp 2020-04-10 15:30
Jessica and Family
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Sending you
healing prayers and much sympathy.
Hold him in your heart.
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#38 Randy and Cheri Shaw 2020-04-10 12:55
Barb and family, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. We will always remember his smile and sense of humor. May he Rest In Peace.
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#37 Janet/John Schleher 2020-04-10 12:05
Barb and family, we’re so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We know he put up a good fight, may he now Rest In Peace. Thinking of you all.
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#36 Keith LaLonde 2020-04-09 21:49
Dear Barb and Family,
Keith, Pat, Mike (Squeaky), and Erin send our heartfelt
condolences. We wish we could be there for you guys, but as you know we can't. We would share hugs, handshakes, tears, and stories. Anyone who spent time with Larry has stories..... Maybe we can exchange some stories soon. Thinking of you. Please stay safe. Love and Prayers, The LaLondes.
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#35 Deb and Mike Rogers 2020-04-09 13:06
Barb, Kurt, Mike and Jess, so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was so easy going and always ready for a chat, he will be missed. I know the neighbors he visited on the tractor will miss him. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
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