ALBANY – Morgan B. James, Sr., 84, of Albany, died Thursday, October 8, 2009 at the Stratton DVA Medical Center in Albany. Mr. James was born in Albany and lived here all his life. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a machine gunner with the 179th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division. He landed at a beach head in Anzio, Italy, and moved on to Rome, Southern France and Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in battle. He worked as an electrician for many years and was a member of the IBEW Local 724/236 for over 60 years. A dedicated family man, his family was the center of his life. He and his family enjoyed camping at Fish Creek Pond. He was a life member of the Boyd Hilton VFW Post 7062, and the American Legion Post 977 of Altamont. He also was a member of the William J. Lasch DAV #10, AARP #78, and the Local 724 Retirees Club.
Mr. James is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marilyn Barber James; his children Virginia Gould James of Colonie, Morgan B. James, Jr. (Mary) of Altamont, and David James of Albany; his brother William James, Jr. (Jane) of Guilderland; his grandchildren Jill Gould Roarke (John) of Troy, Tracy Gould Phoenix (Paul) of Colonie; his great grandchildren Briley and Liam Roarke, and Jayden Morgan Phoenix and Ashlyn Phoenix; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Memory’s Garden, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association of NENY, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206. To leave a message of condolence for the family, view or print a prayer card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.