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ROXBURY - James A. Campone, 88, died Aug. 15, 2017, in Albany.
He leaves his wife of 67 years, Louise (Lupinacci); daughters, Francine Campone Spargo and her husband, Ed of Denver Colorado, 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 Michael Campone of Clifton Park.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Vitus and Henrietta Campone; sister, Marie Seiler; and brothers, Francis and Joseph.
Jim was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 1, 1929, and attended St Mathew's Elementary Cchool, St. Leonard's Academy, and Brooklyn College.
He held many jobs during his teen years and eventually was employed as a clerk at Brooklyn Union Gas Co. at the age of 19, working his way up the ladder to retire after 36 years as a section supervisor and served on the BUG presidential staff. While at BUG he was a member of its chorale and after retirement joined the Catskill Community Chorale for more than 10 years.
He married Louise Lupinacci on May 21, 1950, at Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church in Brooklyn.
While residing in Brooklyn, Jim became a member of the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, and volunteered his services to many needy organizations. He became a Eucharistic minister and lector of his church and served in that capacity for more than 60 years, beginning in Brooklyn and continuing that service in Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville after his retirement and move to this area. He was a member of the Roxbury Senior Citizens Club.
Jim devoted his retirement years to serving this community in many ways. He started as a volunteer at Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and continued to visit, entertain, bring laughter, comfort, joy and spiritual solace to anyone in need for more than 30 years. During that time he also visited shut-ins, entertained at Kirkside Retirement Home, served as president of the Interfaith Counsel, volunteered with the MHH Ambulance Squad, and always responded to local groups when needed.
He served as a 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 more than 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.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Michael Cambi at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at St. Philip Neri RC Church, Grand Gorge. Visitation at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury, will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Aug. 17. Committal prayers will be held in Vega Cemetery following Mass.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the Mountainside Sunshine Fund, Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Fund, or the Catskill Area Hospice. No flowers please.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Published on August 15, 2017
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