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June 10, 2014

James Joseph Kennedy

James Joseph Kennedy

OAKSVILLE — James Joseph Kennedy died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his home. He was 80.

Born Aug. 3, 1933, in Troy, Jim was one of three sons of Joseph and Martha (Wood) Kennedy.

Raised in Troy, he graduated from the College of Saint Rose in 1972 with his Bachelor of Arts degree and with a Master of Arts degree in 1974. He was later ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest. He served at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Albany and St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady and as Chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. After receiving Papal dispensation, he left the priesthood and was employed by Lansingburgh Public School as a speech correctionist and then by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities as a speech therapist. He settled in the Oaksville area after his retirement.

Jim had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed working on his home and in his beautiful flower garden and was a modest but good athlete. He loved playing golf with his friends, snow skiing and running and was accomplished enough to have competed in the New York City Marathon. He will, however, be most remembered for the enjoyment he achieved from reaching out to and helping others, his quiet, humble, soft spoken manner and his virtually unending kind, caring, giving and compassionate nature.

James is survived by his brother, Joseph Kennedy (Bernice) of Mayfield; brother, William Kennedy of Northville; nieces and nephews, Michael Kennedy (Carol) of Siletz, Ore., Mary Theresa Mott (Dan) of Wakefield, Mass., Kathleen Kennedy (Harold) of Dudley, Mass., and Kerry Billings (Mark) of Burnt Hills; and great-nieces and nephew, Zachary and Clara Kennedy and Erin and Emma Billings.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown with Father John P. Rosson, pastor, officiating. The family will be available to greet friends at the church from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Committal services in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Index will immediately follow the Mass.

Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.

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