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James Galusha

Former Thurman town justice, town supervisor and co-owner of Toad Hill Maple Farm in Athol died on Thursday. 

ATHOL — It was a rich life of family, farming and community. And for many years James E. Galusha delighted residents during Thurman Maple Days when they toured Toad Hill Maple Farm and its maple syrup operation.

On Thursday, just four months after Galusha’s wife Norma Jean passed away, Galusha, 78, died while a patient in Glens Falls Hospital. Married in 1959, Jim and Norma would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August.

One of the couple’s favorite adventures was taking long Sunday drives and traveling out west for horse auctions and rodeos, according to his obituary.

A horseman for many years, Galusha won several awards with Long Shadows Duke, an American Quarter Horse.

Serving as the Thurman town justice for six years and the town supervisor for four years, Galusha was also well known for leading the bidding at Warrensburg’s annual auction at the Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree and for several charity auctions.

In the 1960s he began Toad Hill Stud Farm, where he trained, bred, boarded, bought and sold horses. And he competed throughout New York in horse shows and in team roping events at local rodeos.

According to Galusha’s obituary, friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Alexander Funeral Home, 3809 Main St., Warrensburg.

A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, and burial for both Jim and Norma will follow at the Warrensburg Cemetery.

A dinner will be held after the burial at the First Presbyterian Church of Warrensburg, 2 Stewart Farrar Ave.

Please visit www.alexanderfh.net for online guest book, condolences and directions.

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli covers Washington County government and other county news and events.

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