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John S. Lansing

February 2, 2017
Lake Placid News

John S. Lansing passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Lake Placid, surrounded by loving family.

John was born on April 15, 1939, to J. Stanley and Dorothy Lamb Lansing in Schenectady. Raised in Scotia, he spent summers since the age of 2 at Camp Undercliff, a family-owned music camp on the shores of Lake Placid. It was during these times that he developed his great love of the waters and beauty that surround Placid Lake. It was here, too, he learned an appreciation for music that gave him great satisfaction throughout his life.

In 1960, while he was attending Syracuse University and she was attending Ellis Hospital School of Nursing, he met Marilyn Becker. John and Mickey were married in Mayfield on June 17, 1961. Soon after their marriage, they spent two years in Louisiana while John served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Polk. After his discharge, he worked and earned his certified public accountant license at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company in Rochester.

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In 1969, John and Mickey moved to Lake Placid to make a lifelong home in which to raise their family. After a short period working at the Lake Placid Club, he established his own practice as John S. Lansing, CPA, where he worked until his retirement in 2012. Throughout his career and retirement he served on many boards of directors including Lake Placid Education Foundation, Deo B. Colburn Education Foundation, Adirondack Community Trust, Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, North Elba Zoning Board of Appeals, Adirondack Community Church, Adirondack Health Foundation, North Elba Historical Society, National Sports Academy and Lake Placid Institute.

From birth and throughout his life, he was surrounded by musicians and music. This led to his participation in Scotia-Glenville Choraliers, barbershop groups in the Lake Placid area, Adirondack Community Church Choir, Madrigal Singers and Northern Lights Choir.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons Douglas B. Lansing of Lake Placid and Nathan B. Lansing of Essex Junction, Vermont; his daughter Kari Lansing Fitzsimmons of Lake Placid; his grandchildren Elsie Fitzsimmons, Ellen Lansing, Nora Fitzsimmons, John B. Lansing and Eliza Fitzsimmons; nephew Paul Grafinger; nieces Connie Murphy, Evelyn Lecates and Marlene Peters; and brother-in-law Albert Ruiz.

He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters Faith Grafinger Wikoff and Kathleen Ruiz.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid with the Rev. Patti Molik officiating. Burial followed in the North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of calling hours, the family requests that written memories of how John touched the lives of those who knew him. These letters and notes will be saved by the family as a testament of his influences for generations to come. Please address your letters to: Family of John S. Lansing; c/o Karen Meister; 1992 Saranac Ave., Suite 3; Lake Placid, NY 12946.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., P.O. Box 840, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or North Elba Historical Society, P.O. Box 189, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

The M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave online condolences at



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