Peter B. Sprague

May 15, 1939 ~ April 23, 2019 (age 79)


West Sand Lake - Peter B. Sprague, 79, of Shaver Road, passed away peacefully at the Hospice Inn in Albany, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Kimball D. Sprague and Sarah Marjorie Bickford Sprague and husband of the late Michele E. Sprague. At the age of 3, Peter and his family moved from their home in Nassau to West Sand Lake where he has remained for much of the remainder of his life, with some time spent residing in Rensselaer and Voorheesville during his early adulthood. Peter was a graduate of Averill Park High School and Hartwick College. 

After completing his Bachelors in Psychology at Hartwick, Peter spent the majority of his career as a banker and manager at KeyBank, and eventually became a bank systems analyst at KeyCorp, a position from which he retired. Peter was very dedicated to his community, and participated actively in numerous organizations over the years, including the Salem United Methodist Church, Elmwood Cemetery, the Sand Lake Historical Society, the West Sand Lake Fire Department, and the BSA Scouts of America, Troop 525. He was a US Navy veteran. In his downtime at home, Peter most enjoyed gardening, and was known for his splendid gladiolas and prolific patches of vegetables. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughter and grandsons, reading, following stock prices, watching the various weather reports in order to make his own predictions, working outdoors to prepare firewood and repair equipment, walking in the woods, and simply sitting outside on the porch to enjoy the natural environment that surrounded his house.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Peter was predeceased by his brother, John K. Sprague, and he is survived by his daughter, Christina M. Desmond (West Sand Lake, NY); two grandsons, Timothy and Patrick Desmond; two siblings, James W. Sprague (Cleveland, OH) and Olive (Jim) Anderson (Chino Valley, Arizona), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends may call at the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 4392 Route 150 in West Sand Lake on Sunday, April 28th, from 4:00 - 7:00pm. Funeral service will be held Monday, April 29th, at 10:00am. at Salem United Methodist Church Shaver Road West Sand Lake with Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Bush, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery West Sand Lake following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Peter B. Sprague to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093-2744, For a private family guest book, light a candle or for service directions, visit

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April 28, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc.
4392 Route 150
West Sand Lake, NY 12196

Funeral Service
April 29, 2019

10:00 AM
Salem United Methodist Church
Shaver Road
West Sand Lake, NY 12196


Leukemia Research Foundation
191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105,, Northfield IL 60093-2744

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