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Dr. Lawrence F. Withington

September 23, 2014

Dr. Lawrence F. Withington

Dr. Lawrence F. Withington, 104, Thompson Blvd., passed away at his home Tuesday evening, September 23, 2014.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, September 26, from 2 - 4PM and 7 - 9PM. The funeral service will be celebrated at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 27, at 11AM with Very Rev. John Crosswaite, rector of the River Churches, and Rev. Jennifer Kenna, assistant priest at Trinity Episcopal Church, co-officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Dr. Withington was born in Watertown on March 31, 1910, son of DeWitt and Martha Cooley Withington. He graduated from Adams High School, received his B. A. in Biology from Union college in 1932, and received his M. D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1936.

On July 8, 1939 he married Alice Giblin in the rectory of St. Patrick's Church, Watertown and she died July 27, 2007.

Dr. Withington entered the US Navy on July 31, 1942. He received the American Theater, Asiatic Pacific with one star, and Philippine LIberation with two stars medals, along with the Victory Ribbon. He was also a Bronze Star recipient. He was honorably discharged from active duty on December 22, 1945 and from the Reserves as a Lt. Commander on November 27, 1953.

For one year he practiced in Copenhagen, then began is medical career in Watertown in 1936, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, past president of Jefferson County Medical Society, and in 1993 he received the honor of being in Prevention Magazine as one of the ten best doctors in the U. S. He also received the North Country Citation from St. Lawrence University in 1978.

Dr. Withington was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and formerly of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was also a member of Media Temple Shrine.

Into his 80's, he cross-country skied, receiving many skiing awards in his age group over the years. His picture was on the front of Parade of the Syracuse Post Standard, with him skiing and backpacking during the Blizzard of '77. Another enjoyment of his was boating. He and his wife, Alice, were widely known at Park Pool in Watertown, teaching generations to swim. He also enjoyed his Emmet Kelly routine at the annual Shriners Parade.

He is survived by his son, Richard L. Withington, MD and wife Rosanne, Clayton; two daughters, Nancy W. Del Borgo, Cape Vincent and Barbara W. Meglis and husband, Andrew J., Acton, MA; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Alice, he was predeceased by his son-in-law, Elliot A. Del Borgo, two brothers, Ralph D. and Rev. Robert W. Withington, and sister, Betty W. Gleason.

Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#28 Elly Zimmer 2015-08-04 16:26
I was patient of Dr. Withington for many years. In particular he referred me to my OB/GYN re serious condition requiring surgery. I have warm memories of him, a most gracious man who cared.
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#27 Dorothy Cooper 2015-01-03 15:01
Deepest sympathies to you all. I worked for him,(name was Gardner back then), in the late 40's and early 50's. I used to babysit for Dickie and Nancy and your dad and mom came to my wedding. I was treated like family and loved you all. I am so glad that he lived so long and had such a full life!
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#26 Debra Roberts 2014-10-19 15:48
My sympathies to the family. Dr. Withington was a friend and Dr. to my dad, Bill Turner. Fresh fish and many a story were shared......... .
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#25 Lucinda Welser West 2014-10-08 15:02
Dear Withington family,
While taking my Mom to Clayton this summer, I struck up a conversation with a woman, later to discover, she was Rosanne Withington. I babysat for her three children many many years ago. She brought me up to date on the happenings of her family and mentioned that her father-in-law was still living. Deepest sympathies go out to your family from myself and my mother, Pauline Welser. Your father was truly a beautiful person. God Bless Lucinda Welser West
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#24 Jack/Susan Woodward 2014-10-06 11:21
Dear Withington Family
Susan and I take great pride in knowing Dr Withington and Son Dick and Daughter Nancy. We both graduated with Nancy and have relished our reunion after so many years since school graduations. Dr Withington is simply remarkable--wha t a career and what a life. Member of Americas Greatest Generation and served WWII in Pacific Theater, freeing the Philippines, along with Susan's Dad, Herb Leach, also a great loss at 96. Wonderful memories of Dr Withington and our interactions as well as those of my parents as Dad served the AMA in Watertown. Sorry for our absence at Trinity and celebrating his remarkable life. God Bless the family and may he be at eternal peace.
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#23 Trudy Schrodt 2014-10-01 16:21
My family and I have always had such fond memories of Dr. Withington. For many, many years he took incredible care of our entire family both at his office in the Woolworth Bldg & in our home. He always remembered what each of my siblings & I (there were 5 of us) were interested in & involved with -amazing! His care & compassion spanned far more than the practice of medicine with his holistic approach to the entire being. My parents had such great respect & trust of Dr. Withington & felt such a loss when he retired. His contributions to the community are an incredible legacy & will never be forgotten. He is truly an inspiration to future generations of healers. From his actions, they can learn much.
The Schrodt family offers our deepest sympathy to the entire Withington family.
Trudy Schrodt
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#22 Cathy Hunt Saunders 2014-09-30 10:54
Dr. Withington,
I worked with both of you at Mercy Hospital and remember your Dad as such a wonderful man. I can still see him "zipping" through the halls. You and your family have been very blessed to have him such a long time. My condolences to you but what wonderful memories you will always have.
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#21 Peter Kissel 2014-09-29 16:14
To Nancy and Dr. Withington's family -
My sincere condolences on the death of your Dad. He was a wonderful man, very caring and very professional. Cherish your memories.
Peter Kissel
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#20 Joan Morgan Tweed 2014-09-28 07:53
My Dad, Bob, and Doc were best "summer buddies" on Lake Ontario in Sackets Harbor. They did everything together in their older years, and they both got so much enjoyment from each other, picking strawberries, blueberries and just hanging out. My whole extended Morgan family loved Doc so much. He enriched everyone's life for a very long time. He will be sorely missed.
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#19 Fran Bombardo Sulliv 2014-09-27 09:41
The last time I spoke with your dad was by phone shortly after Elliot passed away. His mind was sharp and we had a lovely conversation. Even then, he still had his wit and sense of humor. Yes, it is the end of an era as someone commented. You are probably feeling many mixed emotions today as he is laid to rest. What is most important is not what other people say about him, eulogies that are given, or what is expressed in condolence cards. The most important thing is what you carry in your heart for having had a wonderful man as your dad for so many years.....not only today but forever.
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