Reverend Robert O. Lamitie, 90, passed away peacefully in a new life on December 7, 2021 at the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida. Kit, his longtime faithful friend, was by his side.
On Monday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m., Reverend John Yonkovig will preside over the Body Reception at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. Calling hours will continue until evening prayer at 6 p.m. Call hours will resume the next morning from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, will celebrate Christian Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14 with the priests of the diocese concelebrating. Reverend Donald A. Robinson will deliver the homily. Father Lamitie will then rest in Saint John in the Wilderness Cemetery at Lake Clear.
Robert Lamitie was born in Albany on September 11, 1931, son of Oliver and Marie (Florida-Hamlin) Lamitie.
After graduating from the AcadÃ©mie Saint-Joseph de Schenectady, he attended Siena College in Loudonville. He entered seminary at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 1951. After graduating in 1953, he continued his theological studies at Saint Mary’s Seminary until 1957.
Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg ordained Father Lamitie on May 18, 1957, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.
After ordination, Father Lamitie served as a parish assistant at Saint Andrew’s Church in Sackets Harbor, Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, Our Lady of Malone Church, Saint John’s Church in Plattsburgh and at Saint Anthony’s Church in Watertown.
Father Lamitie stayed at Saint Anthony’s Church to serve as a pastor from 1963 to 1969. He then pastored Saint Brendan’s Church in Keene for two years, then eight years in Saint John in the Wilderness. He loved the Adirondacks and was a huge supporter in the training and early years of Camp Guggenheim and was a camp director for eight years. During this time, he was appointed for a five-year term as a pro-synodal judge of the Diocesan Tribunal.
In 1979, Father Lamitie was appointed parish priest of Saint Patrick’s Church in Brasher Falls. He was appointed pastor of St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid in 1985. After a short period as administrator of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Old Forge in 1988, he served as chaplain at Bare Correctional Institution. Hill for 11 years, followed by two years at Adirondack Correctional Institution. Ease.
Father Lamitie retired in 2001, but remained active as a chaplain at the Ray Brook Federal Correctional Institute until 2006 and as a temporary administrator of Saint Patrick’s Church in Port Henry and All Saints Church in Mineville. He spent his final years in Florida with the support of his friend Kit and the company of Carley, his dog who made it to the hospital before his death.
Father Lamitie was predeceased by his parents and brother, the Reverend James Lamitie, who also served as a faithful priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
Arrangements are in the care of Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Saranac Lake, 518-891-3613.