D. Phinney, 63, Cape Coral, Florida, and formerly of
Clayton, NY, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, with his
family at his side.
was born May 22, 1953, a 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.
first marriage to Deborah Schafer in 1972 brought him his
three sons, Christian, Nathan, and Matthew Phinney.
married Deborah Lasell in 2004 bringing him three step
children, Andrea, Matthew, and Mark Morgia. Amongst the
blended family Pat and Deb have 13 grandchildren,
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.
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.
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
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.
hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton, NY.
The funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
7, at St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, with Rev.
Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding.
Following the Mass there will be a celebration of his life
12:30 to 5 p.m. at Clayton Fire Dept., Graves Street,
Clayton. Spring burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
in Pat's name may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center
Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Dr., MBC-FOUND, Tampa, FL 33612.
entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.
Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown