John Robert Lonsbury

John Robert Lonsbury, 61, of Saranac Lake, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on April 26, 1953, he was the son of William and Marjorie (Cadoratte) Lonsbury.

John had worked for the New York State Department of Corrections at Camp Gabriels until his retirement in 1999.

He is survived by two daughters: Kristin Keefe of Keeseville and Amber Lonsbury of Lake Placid; his mother Marjorie Bardon of Tupper Lake; one sister, Madge Schnurr of Indianapolis, Indiana; and three grandchildren: Brandt and Kennedy Keefe and Ella Beaney.

He was preceded in death by his father William Lonsbury and his stepfather Michael Bardon.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at noon Monday July 14 at St. Bernard’s Church, with the Rev. Patrick Ratigan officiating.

Friends wishing to remember John Robert Lonsbury may make memorial contributions to the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Inc. Chapter or Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at