F. William Fiesinger

April 23, 1916October 4, 2013

F. William ("Bill") Fiesinger of Potsdam, NY, passed away in his sleep at his residence on Friday, October 4th, while under care of his family, loving caregivers, and Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley. Mr. Fiesinger was born in Syracuse, NY on April 23, 1916, the second son of Magdelena and Edward Henry Fiesinger. He graduated from Solvay High School and enrolled in Clarkson College of Technology with his brother Edward "Red" Fiesinger. A star athlete, student leader, and scholar, Bill Fiesinger graduated from Clarkson in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering. A three sport-star at Clarkson, he played football, basketball and baseball for the Golden Knights. In 1935, he reached the record books by booting the longest field goal of the year in all of college football. He was the leading scorer for the football team, a class officer, a member of Lambda Iota fraternity, and was elected Ice Carnival King. At his graduation in 1937, Bill was presented the Frederica Clarkson Award in recognition of his outstanding undergraduate accomplishments. After graduation he passed on an job inquiry from the Cleveland Rams professional football team and began working as an engineer for Corning Glass works in Corning, NY. The best part of living in Corning was his meeting Jane Davies, the love of his life. He joined the Army in April 1941, but before leaving for Europe, Bill began his 70 years of marriage with Jane on September 20th, 1943. He served in Europe in World War II as an officer in the 300th Ordinance Maintenance Company. Upon his return home, Bill focused on family: joining the family insurance and safety business in Syracuse, NY; continuing the family traditions of community service and fund-raising; and starting a family with Jane. He and Jane raised their three children in Liverpool, NY with weekly family gatherings with his brother's family at the grandparents' house. He was very involved with Clarkson alumni activities, and in 1960 Bill left the successful insurance and safety practice in Syracuse and moved his family to Potsdam to become the first full-time director of the Clarkson Alumni Association. Bill served Clarkson in a number of other external relations positions, and in 1974 was named Clarkson's Director of Athletics, where he served until his retirement in 1979. He played a major role in keeping Golden Knight athletic teams competitive at the intercollegiate level and in expanding recreational activities for all undergraduates. At the 1979 commencement ceremonies, the Clarkson board of trustees passed a resolution naming him a Clarkson Ambassador. A recipient of the Alumni Association Golden Knight Award in 1964, Bill was inducted into Clarkson's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. After retirement from Clarkson, Bill and Jane spent 26 years in Florida enjoying activities with many new friends and visits from children and grandchildren....and returning to Potsdam in the summer to enjoy the company of Potsdam friends and more family visits. Bill saved three of his four lifetime holes-in-one for his North Country friends to witness at the Potsdam Town and Country Club. Bill and Jane enjoyed many dinners and Wednesday lunches with friends at the Club. Bill is survived by his beloved wife Jane Davies Fiesinger; their children: Tom Fiesinger of Glenmont, NY; Mary Jane Kane of Rockville, MD; and Anne Fiesinger and her significant other James "Murph" Yule of Boston, MA; grandchildren Jennifer DeAnda of Montery, CA and Peter Kane and wife Paulina Perera-Riveroll; and great-grandchildren: Ruben, Valentina, Mateo, Alexandro DeAnda and Stella Kane. In keeping with his parents' traditions of community service, Bill was a long-time member of the Potsdam Rotary Club and other service organizations in Florida. Bill was a devout man of enduring faith and hope: in God, in the Catholic Church, in Christian values, in people, and in the future. He was a generous contributor to the Bishops Fund, served in the Knights of Columbus, and participating in daily and weekly Mass at St. Mary's Church for as long as his health would allow. His faith and hope ...and sense of humor ...never left him. Bill and Jane celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family, loving caregivers, and friends just over two weeks ago. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday Oct 8th at 10 am with Msgr. Robert Aucoin, celebrant. The burial will follow the service at St. Mary's Cemetery, Potsdam. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Home, Oct 7th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Online condolences can be sent at Contributions in William's name to St. Mary's Church in Potsdam at 17 Lawrence Avenue, Potsdam NY 13676 or Clarkson University Office of Philanthropy, 8 Clarkson Ave, Box 5515, Potsdam, NY 13699. There will be a Celebration of Life and reception in the Barben Room at Cheel Arena at 12 noon after the burial in St. Mary's Cemetery


  • Visitation Monday, October 7, 2013
  • Funeral Tuesday, October 8, 2013

F. William Fiesinger

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Keith Jordan

October 15, 2013

Tom....Just learned of your father's passing. It has been a long road traveled and may the positive memories be the most thought of memories as time moves forward! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Fiesinger family.

Keith Jordan

Sheila Schneider

October 10, 2013

Mary Jane,
From all that you shared with me about your dad and the wonderful words written in the funeral home obituary and in the notice by Clarkson College, your dad was a remarkable man. It is so wonderful that you have happy memories of your life with your dad. Your friends love you. My prayers and deepest condolences are with you and your family.

Jay Yule

October 8, 2013

Anne Sheila and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this trying time. May he rest in peace.

Susan Martinson

October 8, 2013

How appropriate to hold the Celebration of Life in the Barben Room at Cheel Arena. So fitting for a man who obviously cared deeply for the University. What a tremendous role model his life's achievements have been.

Msgr. John Murphy

October 8, 2013

I was sorry to learn over the weekend of Bill's death. Jane, you and the family have my sympathy and most certainly the support of my prayers. I appreciated highly Bill's regular presence so often when I served as pastor of St. Mary's Church in Potsdam. The Fiesingers were active and affirming members of our parish community and the presence of Bill and Jane gave a fine witness of faith to me and the people of the parish. May God give you, Bill's family, peace and hope at this time of your loss.

October 7, 2013

John and I were so sad to hear about your dad's passing. Please know that you, Murph and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, with much love, Barbara and John Black

Paul and Sharon Hoey

October 7, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Murph, and the rest of your family. May the many wonderful memories of your Dad that you hold in your heart bring you comfort at this time. May God bless all of you.

October 7, 2013

Bill made me an honorary member of the Fiesinger family. I was blessed to have spent many good times with he, Jane and their children. He was a great man in so many ways and will be missed dearly by me and others who loved and admired him very much.

Linda Marquardt

Julie and Robert Martin

October 7, 2013


Our sincerest condolences to you, Murph and the entire Fiesinger Family. May you find comfort in cherishing the wonderful, long and accomplished life of your Dad. Thinking of you and sending you all hugs from Boston.

jackie dunham

October 7, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.