In Memorium: Dr. J. Peter McPartlon

Stephen Hanse

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Michael McPartlon’s father, Dr. J. Peter McPartlon. Dr. McPartlon was a visionary in long term care and an active member of NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

Dr. McPartlon, 85, is recognized as a visionary and for setting a new standard of excellence for senior living in the area.  Peter attended Niagara University from 1954-1957 and would go on to study dentistry at the University of Buffalo, earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Upon graduation, he enlisted as a Dental Officer in the U.S. Navy, serving the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune.

Upon his return to Schenectady, he founded Group Dental Practice of Schenectady and Amsterdam. He practiced general dentistry until 1984. After a successful career in dentistry Peter devoted the better part of his professional career toward building two family-owned businesses that provide essential services to the community.

Driven by a desire to ensure respectful and high-quality care for his own parents, along with a fierce love of family and a passion for building, he founded Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in 1975. Over the better part of 40 years he continued to expand and grow the 160-bed skilled nursing facility into what is today the Kingsway Community, 25-acre campus offering a full continuum of care and services for seniors.

In 1978, Peter formed Parkland Ambulance Service, Inc., which operates under the name of Mohawk Ambulance Service and has grown to become the largest privately-owned ambulance service in the Capital District.  In operating Mohawk Ambulance Service, Peter continued the legacy of ambulance services being provided in the Capital Region under the Mohawk name, which originated in the 1960s with Mohawk Ambulance and Oxygen Service.

Both Mohawk Ambulance Service and Kingsway Community continue to operate as family-owned businesses under the leadership and direction of Dr. McPartlon’s sons, James P. McPartlon III and Michael C. McPartlon, respectively.

In 1980, Peter formed Parkland Development Corporation, specializing in residential and commercial construction. He designed and built many of his family’s homes and business properties.

In addition to his businesses, he served on several professional associations. Peter was a Director for Schenectady County Dental Society and Past President of the Schenectady County Dental Study Club. He was also an active member of the New York State Health Facilities, American Health Care and American Ambulance Associations. 

Peter also served on the Board of Directors of St. Helen’s Catholic School Board, St. Helen’s Church - Parish Council, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Schenectady County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Schenectady County Child Guidance Center, Schenectady County Catholic Family Services, and Past President of Schenectady Kiwanis. He was also an active member of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

In addition to his professional associations, Peter was very involved in community service and in 1992, he established the Kingsway Community golf tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NENY which remains the longest running external fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of NENY.

Below, please find the calling hours and funeral arrangements for Dr. J Peter McPartlon. The Obituary is attached.

Griswold Funeral Home
1867 State Street
Schenectady, NY  12304 

Calling Hours:
Monday, February 24th
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 am
St. Kateri Parish
1803 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12309


Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11