James H. Gifford

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James H. Gifford

March 05, 1931 - October 07, 2018

James H. Gifford HARPERSFIELD - James H. "Giff" Gifford, 87, of Harpersfield, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.
Born of March 5, 1931, in Gloversville, James was the son of the late Ira and Marion (Playford) Gifford.
Giff grew up in Northville, where he was a gifted athlete and excelled at sports.
Following school he moved to Schoharie County where he worked for the family-owned John A. Serrie Egg Farms. He then worked for New York City DEP at its Gilboa location, retiring as office manager in 1993.
He was married to his loving wife of 42 years, Sheila Utter Gifford, in 1975.
James enjoyed camping and bowling. He was a league bowler for many years. Giff was a 50-year member of the former Gilboa Lodge F&AM.
His greatest joy was his family. He was a proud grandfather and loved to attend his grandchildren's sporting events.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by a daughter, Andrea Jacobs.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila Gifford of Harpersfield; children, Mark (Beverly) Gifford of Gilboa, Susan Gifford of Cooperstown and Brenda Kephart of Beverly Hills, Florida; six grandchildren, Michele, Shaun, Morgan, Shane, Nichole and Jaron; and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at the MacArthur Funeral Home, 15 Buntline Drive, Stamford. A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Harpersfield United Methodist Church, Col. Harper Road, Harpersfield, with the Rev. Dottie Morris officiating.
His family thanks the staff at Robinson Terrace for their care and compassion of James.
Share condolences with the Gifford family online at www.macarthurfh.com.
Published on October 9, 2018
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