LAKE GEORGE * H. Croswell Tuttle, 92, formerly of Lake George, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Westmount Health Facility in Queensbury.
Born July 17, 1914, in New York City, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Helene (Wheeler) Tuttle.
At an early age he moved to the family's Lake George home, and resided by the lake that he loved for most of the rest of his life.
He attended Lake George Central School, Northwood School in Lake Placid and a year at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. In 1935, after studying at the New York School of Agriculture at Cornell University, he started a grain and feed mill in Glens Falls, manufacturing and selling all forms of livestock and poultry feed throughout Warren and Washington counties. He continued this business until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served honorably until his discharge in 1945.
While an Army serviceman on furlough in Seattle, Mr. Tuttle met his future wife, Navy Seaman Doris Erickson. Upon their respective discharges from the service at the close of World War II, they were married at Doris' home in Red Wing, Minn. They immediately moved to Lake George and Glens Falls.
For 48 years, Mr. Tuttle managed and later became proprietor of Top O' the World Resort and golf course on French Mountain in Queensbury. The resort was established by his parents in 1935. In 1985, Mr. Tuttle acquired his real estate brokers license and began a real estate business, H.C. Tuttle Real Estate. This business became well known for its specialty in Lake George and Adirondack vacation rentals.
While operating Top O' The World, Mr. Tuttle began the annual observance of Ancestors' Day, in which the various battles of the American Revolution were re-enacted. The tradition began as a tribute to his ancestor, Capt. Jeremiah Parmalee, who was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine in 1977. Each September, military units from New England, New York, New Jersey, and even Canada and South Carolina would participate in the event, which drew the public in increasing numbers.
In addition to his parents and wife, Doris Tuttle, who passed away in 1980, Croswell was predeceased by one sister, Evelyn Horne.
Mr. Tuttle is survived by his son, Charles H. Tuttle of Lake George; his daughter, Julianne and her husband, Thomas Currie, of Cazenovia and Lake George; two grandsons, Thomas F. Currie IV of Albany, and William D. Currie and his wife, Erin, of Ardmore, Pa.; two sisters, Charlotte Walkup of Alexandria, Va., and Jasmine Bryant of Syracuse, and several nieces and nephews.The family is most grateful for the support and care given by his dear friends, Trella Finton of Albany, and Priscilla Greer of Lake George.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. James Episcopal Church, Montcalm Street, Lake George, with the Rev. Julie McPartlin, rector, officiating.
A reception will immediately follow at Tuttle Hall adjacent to the church.
Burial will be private.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at Westmount Health Facility for the compassionate care rendered to Mr. Tuttle.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mr. Tuttle's name to St. James Episcopal Church, Montcalm Street, Lake George, NY 12845 or the Lake George Historical Association, Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stafford Funeral Home Inc. of Lake George.