Gerald W. Kingsbury, 70, of Lake Placid, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Florida Hospital Lake Placid.
Born Aug. 26, 1943, in Floyd, N.Y., to Charles and Beverly Kingsbury, he was a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. He began his career at the Marcy State Hospital in 1962. In 1978 he moved to Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y., and worked at the Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany, N.Y., until his retirement in October 1998 after more than 36 years with the New York State Office of Mental Health. On Dec. 22, 2006, he received the most generous gift — a double lung transplant.
Mr. Kingsbury was known for his generosity, compassion, sense of humor and fair play. He loved music and playing guitar and was prolific with his watercolor paintings, many of which can be seen throughout the northeast as well as in Canada and Argentina.
Mr. Kingsbury is survived by his wife of 35 years Marion; stepsons Michael Panetta (Diane) of Sebring and Steven Panetta of Troy, N.Y.; three step-grandchildren; 8 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert of Rome, N.Y., sisters Brenda Henness and Linda Garrett, both of Rome, N.Y., Karen Crissey of Adam, N.Y., and Patricia Kingsbury of Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; half brother Christopher Kingsbury; aunts Shirley Dempsey and Lois Mitchell of Floyd, N.Y.; and friends Robert Stooks, Roger and Gail Helmer Remsem, Doug Harman. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charles A. and David; stepson Richard V. Panetta; and great-granddaughter, Brandi.
Funeral service will be private. His cremains will be inurned at Prospect Hills Cemetery in Valatie, N.Y., at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests donations in Mr. Kingsbury’s memory to Placid Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1538 Lake Placid, FL 33862 or your local fire department or ambulance service.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid.