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Mr. Joseph Szot

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Memories & Candles

“Wow didn't know till the 29th he was gone. Aya and his brothers. So sorry going to be a big empty spot for all of us. Going to miss all the pep talks...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: morynda grom rody rock - NY

“He inspired us to reach deeper and climb higher.You showed us the way with raw joy and grace. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Luke Spangenburg - Santa Fe, NM

“Joe wasn't just a good climber. He wasn't just an encouraging and positive friend. He was an example of how to live and love life. If I didn't really...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Droy - Southampton, MA

“My condolences to the family. Joe had a spectacular outlook on life, he will be missed! ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff Martin - Windham, NH

“Joe had been our landlord for the past 2 years and a wonderful one he was. A nice guy who was easy to talk to and always made you laugh. It isn't...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: LeeAnn and Eric - Keeseville, NY

“Your energy and enthusiasm in this life will be sorely missed. Love, Patti ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Patricia Szot - Auburn, WA

“The Adironacks will always echo your laugh & place a smile on our face. RIP - Joe You will be missed. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: JimBob - Lake Luzerne, NY

“When I lived on Hamilton St in Potsdam, I recall opening my curtains in the morning and seeing Joe scaling the red stone on the Clarkson building...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dianne Kiernan - Saratoga Springs, NY

“Joe is an icon of the ice climbing world, as is documented in other venues (Adirondack ice climbing guidebooks, www.neice.com etc.). I first met Joe...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Andrew Barnes - Niskayuna, NY

“How hard this is to accept. My cousin and friend with memories that go back to catching pollywogs and little frogs in the pond at Aunt Betty and...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Szot - La Jolla, CA

“Joe has touched so many people and we are all blessed for that. I am personally so grateful to have known Joe. My heart goes out to Aya, Joe's...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Janet Labella - Albany, NY

“Rest in peace my old friend. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Walsh

“Aya, our thoughts are with you. We will always remember Joe, his wonderful smile and his zest for life. We were fortunate to know him. Although we...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: phyllis jones - sandy lake, PA

“Joe - I was so looking forward to conning you into coming down to help me straighten my barn out. Jim and John Hyde were at my place a few weeks ago...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Damian

“Peace ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Liza

“Joe we will forever remember you and your "big" hair! you were a one of a kind landlord I should have taken the time to chat when I bumped into you...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Brett and Polly King - keeseville, NY

“Joe's passing marks the end of an era in ADK climbing. Joe brought the climbing community together, motivated people to get out and climb, and he...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Houghton - Woodstock, CT

“Joe invited me into his fellowship at the Bivvy, climbed with me, taught me much about ice climbing, and together we laughed. He will be well...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Grant Parkin - Calgary, Alberta.


Joseph Szot of Keene, NY, died unexpectedly in the Town of Gardiner on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. He was 50 years old.
Born on March 19,1961, in Ballston Spa, NY, he was the son of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Malanowski) Szot.
Joseph graduated from Clarkson University in 1983 with a degree in engineering. He worked as an electrical engineer for the United States Air Force Base in Plattsburgh, NY, until 2004.
Mr. Szot's greatest love and passion was outdoors adventures. He was an avid rock and ice climber and had traveled the world climbing various peaks and areas.
He is predeceased by a brother Paul Szot.
Survivors include his companion Aya Alt of Keene, NY, and four brothers, Michael of Rock City Falls, NY, David of Keeseville, NY, John of Hermosa Beach, CA, and Daniel and Daniel's wife Brook Hobson of Saratoga Springs, NY.
A Celebration of Joseph's Life will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 at 2:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome for a time of reflection from 1-2 pm prior to the service. After the service, friends and family are welcome to gather at the home of Daniel Szot and Brook Hobson at 10 Stratton Street in Saratoga Springs.
His family will scatter his ashes on the family homestead in Rock City Falls, NY.

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