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110 Division St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Phone: 518-842-2810
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James Cleary

James F "Jim" Cleary

Sunday, October 30th, 1927 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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James F. Cleary, 92, of County Highway 126, Amsterdam, NY; passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020 at River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam.

Born in the Town of Hartwick, Otsego County on October 30, 1927, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Bertha M. Cleary.

Jim was an honorably discharged United States Navy veteran serving in active duty from May 30, 1945 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, stationed at Orote, Guam until being discharged on August 18, 1946. Jim was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal.

Jim worked for many years at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT; during the 1950’s and most of the 60’s. In the mid 60’s he got into Civil Service and started working at the New Haven, CT; Veterans Administration Hospital and continued his employment in VA Hospitals in Texas, Arizona and Virginia, retiring from Civil Service in 1992, before finally moving back east and settling down for good in Amsterdam.

Jim was a very kind, easy going guy with a big heart, always there to help you out if needed. He loved telling jokes to Jim Jr. He enjoyed reading the daily newspaper and loved watching sports, especially his favorite teams; the St. Louis Cardinals, NY Rangers and the NY Giants. He also enjoyed outings with his family, going for rides and the casinos.

Jim was married to Carol Joan Gately Cleary on September 27, 1958. Carol predeceased Jim by a little over 10 years on November 1, 2009 after 53 years of marriage. Jim is survived by three sons, James F. Cleary Jr. Joseph E. Cleary and Kevin S. Cleary all of Amsterdam

Jim was also predeceased by two brothers, Arthur J. Cleary and Joseph H. Cleary and his only sister, Mildred J. Cleary.

Friends are invited to a visitation Friday February 14, 2020 at the Riley Mortuary, Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010 from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m., where a funeral service will be held with Rev. O. Robert De Martinis officiating.

Interment will take place at St. Stephen’s Cemetery this spring.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Riley Mortuary, Inc
    110 Division Street
    AMSTERDAM, NY 12010
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    Fr. O. Robert DeMartinis
  • Interment

    St. Stephens Cemetery
    46 Pawling Street
    HAGAMAN, NY 12086
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    Burial will take place this spring


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elaine gumienny

Posted at 06:42am
Dear Kevin, Joe,& Jim
Our deepest condolences to you.
Your dad was always willing to help us when we were doing yard work or putting up a new clothesline.
During the one storm about 10 years ago, a tree fell in our backyard and out of nowhere he and Jimmy showed up and started piling up branches and logs. We were friends ever since. Most kind hearted man I ever met. You three brothers have that same willingness to help others too! May God be with you and your family today and always.
Again our deepest condolences to all.
Elaine & David Gumienny


Posted at 04:29am
so sorry for the family loss. James was a good person i"m glad i got to know him.

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