June 10 1957 - August 28 2019

While I treasure each and every one of the artists I work with, now and then a friendship develops along the way.
Jimmy will be missed.

James Thomas Patnode

James Thomas Patnode "Jimmy" was born on June 10, 1957 in Lake Placid NY, the son of Kathleen (Katy) Hand Patnode and Luke Patnode.

He graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1975 and went on to study Fine Arts, Music and Theater at SUNY Plattsburgh. During the 80's and early 90's he worked as a carpenter and drywall finisher on many homes and businesses in the area with his business partner, Don Lawrence. But, Jimmy's first love was always music and the arts. He was a talented sculptor, painter and photographer, a songwriter and a poet, among many other things.

He worked for many years at the LPCA both on the stage as a performer and behind it as the director. Some of his most memorable performances include roles in Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot and Man of La Mancha.

He also performed on that same stage as a member of The Patnode Brothers Band along side his brothers and sister. They also did many live performances in the Paul White Memorial Band Shell on Main Street in Lake Placid.

A crippling stroke ended Jimmy's acting and singing career in 2000, and at the age of 43 he was forced to start all over. The doctors prognosis at the time was that he would neither walk again nor regain the power of speech. But they under estimated his determination. He proved them all wrong by making a miraculous recovery.

During his healing time he rediscovered his love of art and photography and went on to start his own business called Uphill Battles. He has been featured in gallery showings at both the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Public Libraries as well as Point Of View Gallery in Lake Placid. His works can be found in many homes and businesses throughout the area.

But Jimmy is most fondly remembered for his witty and big hearted personality. He loved people and lived to make them smile. He collected friends everywhere he went and kept them all his life.

He is predeceased by his parents, and his step-mother, Therese Kendrick Patnode, his step-sister, Mona Dixon, and his beloved poodle, Rob.

He is survived by his siblings, Bart Patnode (wife Alethea), Danny Patnode (wife Trish-Jesse), David Patnode (wife Suzanne) and sister Kitty. Also by Mary Pat Baker (husband Mike), Suzanne Dixon, Amy Beaney ( husband Phil), and John Dixon, and by several nieces and nephews

Calling Hours will be held at the M. B. Clark, Inc. funeral home in Lake Placid, NY on Tuesday, September 24th from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM with a prayer service to follow at 6:30. Rev John Yonkovig will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

An Irish Wake for Jimmy will be held Wednesday September 25th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM  with a special service at 3:00 PM at the American Legion, Post 326, Main Street, Lake Placid. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.