Headshot of the Rev. Clint McCoy

The Rev. Clint McCoy

The Rev. Clinton A. McCoy Jr., executive for partnerships of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Synod of the Northeast, died suddenly Sept. 12 of a massive heart attack.

McCoy collapsed while at his lakefront cottage near Potsdam, N.Y. He lived in nearby Canton.

McCoy had served the Synod of the Northeast since 2006. He was pastor emeritus of Western Presbyterian Church in Palmyra, NY, where he served from 1979-1994. For 12 years before his synod position, McCoy served as executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Northern New York.

While in Palmyra, McCoy served as a director of the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and was instrumental in the creation of the chaplain’s position there. He was the founding president of Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, N.Y.

In his role at the synod, McCoy served as co-executive and was given the tongue-in-cheek description of “Executive for Loose Ends.” He staffed programmatic ministries such as the Early Ministry Institute, the synod’s international fellowship with the Church of Jesus Chris in Madagascar, the African American Caucus and Church Growth Strategy Steering Committee and the Tri-Synod Latino Leadership Development project.

At the time of his death, McCoy was also president of the New York State Council of Churches.

McCoy earned degrees from Grove City College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ.  

McCoy also had a love for fishing and was passionate about the big fish of Lake Ontario, bass and pike in rivers and lakes and stream trout.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children and their spouses; and four grandchildren.

Messages may be sent to McCoy's wife at 69 State Street, Canton N.Y., 13617.

Information furnished by the Synod of the Northeast.