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Rev. Richard Stone

February 22, 1931 — July 31, 2021

Rev. Richard F. Stone, 90, of Canton, NY passed away peacefully in the early evening on July 31, 2021 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital with his loving wife and daughter by his side a few hours before.

Richard (Dick) was born on February 22, 1931 to Willis and Muriel (Mahoney) Stone in Waterloo, NY. He graduated from Waterloo High School, NY, Grove City College, PA. and Princeton Theology Seminary, NJ. Dick married his wife Jeanne Irland on October 24, 1951 in Seneca Falls, NY.

Dick was ordained on July 10, 1957 by the Presbytery of Geneera-Lyons. His pastorates include Memorial Presbyterian Church of Bellona, NY, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Hornell, NY and The First Presbyterian Church of Canton, NY. Dick served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Northern New York, the Canton Clergy Organization, Ecumenical programs, Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, the Kiwanis Club, Canton Youth Center and several Village, Town and County committees.

Dick began the Church and Community Worker program with Rev Max Coats as well as founded the St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Festival – a healing ministry.

Following his retirement, Dick attended the Saranac Lake Presbyterian Church and was on several committees which included: Saranac Lake Clergy Association, worked with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Kiwanis and was a founding member of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.

Dick loved his God, his family, his ministry to others and world mission. In addition, Dick loved the outdoors, Adirondack Camping, canoeing and the St. Lawrence River area, all with passion.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Jeanne of Canton, NY, his daughter Lisa (Mike) Stone-Ames of Canton, NY, his son Mark Stone (Partner Cathy Boyle) of Overland Park, Ks, his sister-in-law Linda Flannigan of Savannah, Ga as well as 5 granddaughters.

Dick was predeceased by his son Kirk, his mother and father, his brother Robert Stone and brother-in-law David Irland.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday August 6, 2021 at 1:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake with the Pastor JoAnne White officiating. Burial will take place on Saturday August 7, 2021 at 10:00am at the Evergreen Cemetery in Canton, NY.

In lieu of Flowers, family and friends wishing to remember Rev. Richard F. Stone may make memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, Shallow Wells of Malawi or the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern New York in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. Family and friends can also share a memory, leave a condolence and sign the on-line guestbook at
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