2017-08-23 / Obituaries

James Campone

James A. Campone, 88, died August 15 2017 at Albany.

He leaves his wife of 67 years, Louise (Lupinacci), his daughters Francine Campone Spargo and her husband Ed of Denver Co; Patrice Delameter and husband Nelson of Arkville; and son James Jr. and wife Nancy Gaynor of Clifton Park. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Shane Delameter, Alyssa, and Micahel Campone of Clifton Park. Jim was predeceased by this parents Vitus and Heniretta Campone, sister Marie Seiler and brothers Francis and Joseph.

Jim was born in Brooklyn, NY on Feb 1, 1929 and attended St. Matthew’s elementary school, St. Leonard’s Academy, and Brooklyn College. He held many jobs during his teen years and eventually was employed as a clerk at the Brooklyn United Gas Co. at the age of 19, working his way up the ladder and to retire after 36 years as a Section Supervisor and served on the BUG Presidential staff. While at BUG he was a member of their Chorale and after retirement joined the Catskill Community Chorale for more than 10 years.

He married Louise Lupinacci on May 21, 1950 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. church in Brooklyn. While residing in Brooklyn Jim became a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club and volunteered his services to many needy organizations. He became a Eucharist Minister and Lector of his church and served in that capacity for over 6o years, beginning in Brooklyn and continuing that service in Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville after his retirement and moving to this area. He was a member of the Roxbury Senior Citizen Club.

Jim devoted his retirement years to serving this community in many ways. He started as a volunteer at the Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center, and continued to visit, entertain, bring laughter, comfort, joy and spiritual solace to anyone in need for over 30 years. During that time he also visited shut-ins, entertained at Kirkside Retirement Home, served as President on the Interfaith Counsel, volunteered on the MHH Ambulance Squad, and always responded to local groups when needed. He served as Hospice Volunteer in Delaware County for 21 years. He was honored with the Keene Roadman Citizen Award in 1985 and shared the honor again in 2004 with his wife, along with honors from the Roxbury Rotary Club for their many services to the community. In 1999 Jim was awarded the honor of Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his contributions to the community and for special achievements of all kinds on behalf of fellow man. The American Red Cross recognized him as having donated over 13 gallons of blood in his lifetime.

Once a person met Jim, they never forgot him. Jim always had a smile and a song to offer. He will be greatly missed. Funeral Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Michael Cambi on Friday, Aug. 18 at St. Philip Neri RC Church, Grand Gorge.

Visitation was at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury on Thursday, Aug. 17. Committal prayers will be held at Vega cemetery following the Mass.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Mountainside Residential Care Center Fund, the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Fund or the Catskill Area Hospice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury.

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