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110 Division St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Phone: 518-842-2810
Fax: 518-842-6952
Delores Fitzdam

Delores J. Fitzdam (Gillis)

Thursday, June 9th, 1932 - Saturday, October 5th, 2019
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Delores J. Fitzdam, 87, formerly of Tribes Hill, NY; passed away Saturday October 5, 2019 at River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam, NY.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on June 9, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Bessie Seeley Gillis.

Delores received her education in the Amsterdam school system and was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School. After graduating she took courses for Swimming Instructor at Skidmore College and course to become a teacher’s assistant at Fulton Montgomery Community College.

Delores worked for 27 years as a Swimming Instructor and Teacher’s Assistant at Fonda Fultonville Central School, from which she retired in 1992.

Delores was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Tribes Hill, where she was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma at Fonda Fultonville Central School and an advisor for cheerleaders, Class of 1985, girls track and swimming coach. She was also Cub Scout Leader and volunteered at William B. Tecler School in Amsterdam.

On June 10, 1951, Delores married Harold Fitzdam and after 39 years, he passed away on November 28, 1990. Delores was also predeceased by 3 brothers, Edward, Charles and Robert Gillis, 2 sisters, Marjorie Langdon and Betty Cole.

Delores is survived by one son, Wayne Otto Fitzdam (Martha) of Raleigh, NC; one daughter, Debora, Fitzdam of Hagaman, NY; three grandchildren, Justin Fitzdam (Stacey) of Franklin, TN; Sarah Wood (Dan) of Raleigh, NC; and Lei Lei Secor of Manhattan, NY and one great grandson, Callan Wood of Raleigh, NC. Nieces and nephews also survive.

It was Delores’ request there will be no calling hours, and a graveside service of remembrance will be held at a later date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are by the Riley Mortuary, Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

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    Pine Grove Cemetery
    Mohawk Drive
    TRIBES HILL, NY 12177
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Natalie Ruso

Posted at 07:39pm
LeiLei and Debbie we are so to hear about Grandmothers/ Moms passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during the Christmas Season. We have so many fond memories of times we spent together. Your mom was a wonderful person. She made everyone feel so welcomed and loved. 💛

Robert Carpenter

Posted at 11:24pm
I can recall the days of my youth as Mrs. Fitz got me to overcome my fear of jumping off the deep end ladder of the pool at FFCS . I believe it was in kindergarten and in a open summer swim program the school had at the time . She walked me to the end of the ladder and pushed me in , knowing I could swim to the side safely and get out. I jumped off that deep end ladder over and over that day and spent the next 11 years on the swim team going to compete in the Empire State Games in 1988. God bless and thank you many ways , Mrs D. For the encouragement and belief. Condolences to the family , I'm sure she's missed by many.

Tom Warner

Posted at 01:54pm
To the Family and Wayne, many years passed since our Tribes Hill School days. I remember your Mom and sorry to hear of her passing. Hang on to the memories and hope we'll meet again oneday.

Barbara squeglia

Posted at 05:59pm
Dear den and fam. My memories go back many many years your mom had a heart of gold took me to work at ffcs thru many years on spring and winter we shared secrets laughs and tears I know she’s with your dad whom she loved her whole life rip Delores fly high

Laura Gillis-Kauhane

Posted at 03:32pm
Deb, Wayne and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of Aunt Toot's passing. She was always there to help her family and friends and was the glue that held the Gillis family together. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Sending my love and prayers all of you.

Laura & John Kauhane

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