SIDNEY - James R. Warren, 81, passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rome.
Jim was born on July 27, 1936, in Englewood, New Jersey, son of the late Melbourne and Ruth (Savige) Warren.
He graduated from Hawley High School in Pennsylvania in 1954.
Shortly after graduation, Jim enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and served his country honorably until his discharge in 1957.
On April 4, 1958, he was married to Gail Covey.
Jim resumed his education at the University of Scranton, graduating in 1962 with his bachelor's degree in education and received his master's in education from Oneonta State.
In 1962, Jim began his teaching career at Sidney High School. He taught Social Studies at Sidney, where he also coached tennis, until 1971, at which time he began teaching for Oneonta City School District, where he remained until his retirement in 1996.
During his teaching career, Jim was also a dedicated public servant. Upon coming to Sidney in 1962, he became the head lifeguard at the Sidney Municipal Pool, later transitioning to pool director. He served the Village of Sidney as a trustee for eight years before being elected as mayor in 1999. He served 12 years until deciding not to run for re-election in 2011.
Jim also enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail Warren; four children, Scott and Beth Warren, Robert Warren, Jeff and Elizabeth Warren and Patti and Scott Webster; and grandchildren, Colin and Erin Webster and Jamie and Jennifer Warren.
At Jim's request, there will be no services. Memorial donations in his name may be directed to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 E. Main St. Sidney, NY 13838.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on February 13, 2018