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William James, Jr.

Posted By Stephen On June 4, 2019 @ 1:08 pm In Obituary | 17 Comments


GUILDERLAND – William James, Jr., 96, died peacefully on Saturday, June 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late William and Catherine James and the husband of 67 years to his loving wife Elizabeth Jane Sattler James. He was predeceased by his brother Morgan James. William was born in and lived his entire life in Guilderland. He graduated from Albany High School in 1943 and served proudly in the Army during World War II, surviving the D-Day invasion.

William spent his life in service to his community. He was a life member volunteer fireman at the North Bethlehem Fire Dept for 60 plus years, Life member of the VFW and American Legion. He faithfully decorated graves every Memorial Day at the Prospect Hill Cemetery for over 60 years. When he wasn’t doing volunteer work he enjoyed gardening and flowers. He was a member of the Albany African Violet Society.

William spent most of his career at the Voorheesville Depot working for the Federal Government as an inspector. After retiring he drove a school bus for the Guilderland Central School District.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children, Carol Benson (Robert), William James, III  (Andrea Lawton) , Rita Jones(Bill Lieberman), and Philip James; five grandchildren, Philip Benson, Sarah Hutchings (Bill), Adam, Dirck (Whitney)  and Kirstan Jones; seven great grandchildren: Philip, Evalyn, and Landon Benson, Lily and William Hutchings, and Dirck and Carter James; his niece Ginny James, and his nephews Morgan and David James.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at Hans Funeral Home 1088 Western Ave on Friday, June 7th from 4-8 p.m.  A celebratory service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Prospect Hill Cemetery with military honors.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in William’s name to the Fisher House (for Veterans and their families), 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view William’s resting place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Western Ave., Guilderland, NY 12084.

Condolences for the family of “William James, Jr.”

Condolence from Jack and Rebecca Lloyd on June 5th, 2019 2:54 am

Dirck and Whitney, sorry for your loss.

Condolence from SD on June 5th, 2019 4:50 am

My sincere condolences to the family Williams for the lost of your beloved father, that our God Jehovah brings peace and comfort to your lives during this time of sadness Psalms 46:1,

Condolence from Mary E. Bender on June 5th, 2019 4:59 am

My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family & friends ,he will be missed. He was always kind & respectful to me & a fine gentleman.Rest in peace,Bill.

Condolence from Donna Bogle on June 5th, 2019 6:09 am

Flesh is Time dancing on a clock.
And Time is the magic length of God.
Leonard Cohen

Condolence from Lamporte on June 5th, 2019 6:39 am

I know I speak for the members of Abanaqua chapter #745 in expressing our condolences for the loss of your Dad.
WP Rich Lamporte

Condolence from Lamporte on June 5th, 2019 6:40 am

See above

Condolence from Noel Tillman on June 5th, 2019 6:44 am

Carol and family, hold on to those positive memories. Those are the stories you’ll want to share with your grandchildren. Noel

Condolence from Don McCumber on June 5th, 2019 7:47 am

Phil-I am very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember many great times with you and your parents as we grew up. Rest In Peace Soldier.

Condolence from Joy and John Sacco on June 5th, 2019 8:02 am

So very sorry for your loss. Prayer for your family

Condolence from Stephen Hall on June 5th, 2019 8:57 pm

My Sympathies and Condolences to the James Family….

Stephen Hall

Condolence from Lynn and Wayne LaFave on June 6th, 2019 6:06 pm

Phil and family,

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Fond memories of him over the years, from being good friends with my grandparents to being the neighborhood bus driver, to name a few. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Condolence from Bill McCumber on June 6th, 2019 8:21 pm

Phil and family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Your dad was a great man and I have fond memories of him as I grew up in the neighborhood. He will truly be missed.

Condolence from Dorothy Raymond on June 7th, 2019 7:54 am

My sincerest condolences to the James family on the loss of Bill. He was a long time member of the Capital District African Violet Society and delighted in manning our education table at the annual show. We will miss him.

Condolence from Bob and Sharon Faulkner on June 7th, 2019 9:13 am

Always very difficult to say goodbye to your father. He raised his children to be kind and honorable and there is no greater legacy than that. His love lives on in you.

Condolence from Sarah Steed on June 7th, 2019 10:45 am

So sorry to hear of William’s passing

Condolence from Bruce Gould on June 7th, 2019 11:03 am

Jane, Bill, Carol,Rita and Phil….sorry to here about Bill, he was a good guy and will be missed…Bruce Gould

Condolence from Kris Kessler on June 9th, 2019 5:13 pm

We are very sorry for you loss. The silver lining is that Phil is living near New York and can visit with the grandkids to hear all the stories of their great-grandfather. Thinking of all of you.

Kris and Paul

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