Our Region Mourns the Loss of Two Terrific Men

This week our hearts are heavy with the loss of two community staples, Frank Dittrich and Jeff Killeen. We will remember them fondly as they each played a key role in our daily lives.


To Our Friends & Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we must inform you of the sudden passing of our mentor, friend and Lake George advocate Frank Dittrich, GM of the Inn at Erlowest, on Monday, December 12, 2022.  It is a shock to all of us and we will all miss him more than words can express.

Kathleen, their children Thomas & Hannah, Paul & Carla and Caitlin along with the entire family appreciate your support, patience and understanding now and through the coming weeks.  We will all struggle with the loss of a beloved husband and father, generous friend and genuine joyful and compassionate soul that inspired so many in our world.

Visitation will be from 3pm-6pm on Friday December 16, 2022 at Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury NY.

A reception will be held immediately following at The Inn at Erlowest, 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY beginning at 7pm for all friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in support of the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat at Krantz Cottage are appreciated.

Checks may be made out to:

RMHC of the Capital Region

139 S. Lake Ave

Albany, NY 12208

Memo – Krantz Cottage

Donations may also be made online at: rmhcofalbany.org with a comment made in memory of Frank Dittrich.



Lake George has lost one of its greatest champions and protectors.

Jeff Killeen, vice chairman of the Lake George Association, passed away this morning (Dec. 14, 2022). We all mourn the gravity of this loss.

Tireless of vision, spirit, and commitment, Jeff gave all of himself to the Lake he loved. His deep passion for Lake George was contagious and inspiring, and united our community behind the Lake as only Jeff could — with grace, humor, and a steadfast belief in our shared ability to keep Lake George clear and clean.

Jeff’s extraordinary business career took him to great heights and many places, but his heart was never far from the shores of Lake George and the home that had been in his family since 1908.  When Jeff and his wife Judy decided to make the Lake their full-time home, he fully immersed himself in the pursuit of sustainable lake protection with a goal of safeguarding this invaluable natural resource for generations to come. First, as chairman of The FUND for Lake George, he provided the vision for a national model of science-guided protection, combining world-class research, technological innovation, direct investment, and public policy advocacy. In 2021, recognizing that the unprecedented water quality threats confronting the Lake required an unprecedent level of protection, Jeff led the merger of The FUND for Lake George with the Lake George Association, creating the preeminent Lake George protection organization.

It is fitting that the sun shines bright on Lake George today. Jeff’s spirit lives on, lighting our way through the darkness of grief to honor his legacy of love for Lake George and fulfill the promise of lasting Lake protection.