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Obituary of James Henry McCormick
Our father Jim was the guiding light for our family. With his sense of humor, knack for innovation, and passion for exploration and discovery, he left a lasting impact on the many lives he touched. Dad was a man of many talents who raised five children and loved hunting, gardening, woodwork, sailing, and being with family. He taught himself to play the ukulele, banjo, and harmonica, instilling a love of music in his children. As a young man, he was a graduate and senior class president of Keeseville High School, and worked as a member of “The Gooseberry Gang”, practicing environmental stewardship in the region. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, serving his country in the Pacific during WWII. He went on to work as a boatman at AuSable Chasm before a career in the New York State prison system, retiring from Clinton Correctional Facility at the rank of Lieutenant. He sought out volunteer opportunities such as assisting The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum with the construction of the canal schooner “Lois McClure”, and supported his community as a rural carrier for the Keeseville Post Office. Dad was also a devoted lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Keeseville. Dad was born in his childhood home in Keeseville on Friday, June 24th 1927. He passed away in his hometown on Tuesday, May 31st 2022 in the beautiful house that he designed, built, and resided in with his wife Kathy since 1959. Dad’s children and their spouses carry his memory close, and with his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, will make more in his honor; Burt McCormick (Jackie), Cynthia O’Keefe (John), Daniel McCormick (Neha), Lois Roberts (Steve), and Karen McCormick. He is survived by his sister Jean Cavallaro. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, as well as his parents, Dewey and Irene, his brothers Richard and Donnie, and his sisters Judy LaClair and Connie Hamilton. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, July 21st 2022 at 10:00 AM, with Rev. Kris C. Lauzon, celebrating. Committal prayers military honors and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. At the conclusion, a celebration of his life will be held at the family home: 255 Hallock Hill Road. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the Immaculate Conception Church building fund. His children would like to extend special thanks to the caregivers, family members, Meals on Wheels and Hospice volunteers who took such incredible care of our Dad. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667.
A Memorial Tree was planted for James
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Hamilton Funeral Home