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February 23, 1927 — February 11, 2018

GLENS FALLS — James T. Donnelly, Sr., 90, of Glens Falls, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born on Feb. 23, 1927 in Glens Falls, the son of the late Joseph and Madaline (Wallace) Donnelly. He was a graduate of St. Alphonsus School and Glens Falls High School, attended Skidmore College and graduated from Albany Law School of Union University in 1953. While attending Albany Law School, he met Carol, a nursing student at Albany Medical Hospital. They married on Oct. 25, 1952.

Jim also attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and served as an officer in the Merchant Marine from 1945 to 1947. Jim served as a former Mayor of Glens Falls from 1966 to 1969, was a former City Attorney for Glens Falls and retired as Director of Mental Health Information Service for the state’s Third Judicial Department after 16 years of service.

Amongst Jim’s happiest years were the 35 years spent with his family at their seasonal camp at Lake Hortonia in Hubbardton, Vermont.

Jim was able to spend his final days in the comfort of his home, only because of the loving care and dedication of his five children. Also, many thanks to Dr. John Sawyer, Molly, Christina and Erich.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol (Klebeck) Donnelly; his five children, Nancy Pieper, Susan Higley (Gary), Janet Myette (David), Mary Schissel (Larry) and James Donnelly, Jr. (Jacqueline Simpson); and 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Our lives have been enriched by the many loyal friendships we have had, past and present. We feel any contributions are unnecessary; however, if one should choose to acknowledge Jim’s life through donations, we suggest contributions to the Salvation Army, 37 Broad St. Glens Falls, NY 12801; or any local charity.

Services will be private; there will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in the spring at St. Dominick’s Cemetery in Proctor, Vermont.

Arrangements are under the direction of Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury.

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