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James J. McDermott

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MASSENA – Mr. James J. McDermott, 90, of 85 Stoughton Ave, passed away Sunday morning, August 17, 2014 at the St. Regis Nursing Home, where he had been a resident since May 2009.

James was born December 16, 1923 in Buffalo, the son of the late George O. and Louise Schroeder McDermott. He graduated from high school in Buffalo. He proudly served his county in the US Army during World War II in the European-African Campaign. On August 21, 1981, he married Adrienne Royer Leduc at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Leo Wiley, officiating. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

For 46 years Jim worked for various railroad companies, ending his working career in 1987 as a trainmaster for Conrail in Massena. He also was active with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where he taught classes and inspected boats. He was a lifetime volunteer member of the Tonawanda Rescue Fire Company #5 and a member of the American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed woodworking, boating, and traveling.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Adrienne; his children, James, II and Lucille McDermott of Massena and Patricia and Carroll Wells of Loxahatchee, Florida; his stepchildren, Michael and Dawn Leduc of Oswego; Joanne and Eric Molnar of Norfolk; James and Lesley Leduc of Ballston Spa; and Laurie and Willie Bero of Massena; several grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Geraldine Wagner of Arizona and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen Hansel Green of Atlanta, Georgia in 2001; a step-son, Richard R. Leduc on December 31, 1995; and a sister, Pat Halter in December 2013.

Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where a funeral prayer service will be held at 4:00 PM with Rev. Mark Reilly, officiating. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massena Boys and Girls Club or Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.

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