Hynes, James T. TROY James T. Hynes, 83, of Troy, passed into eternal life on Thursday evening, October 25, 2012 at the Van Rensselaer Manor surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Troy and was the son of the late Frank and Catherine Rapp Hynes and loving and devoted husband of Betty Pakush Hynes of Troy. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army as an MP and when he returned to Troy, he began his career as a Troy police officer, serving the Troy community for 36 years before retiring in 1989. Jim received the Troy PBA Silver Shield Award, of which he was very proud. He was a past president of the Troy Police PBA. Jim was well respected in the Troy community as being a very fair and honest man. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Troy and was a member of the Holy Names society as well as an usher at the church. Jim was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys football team. After Jim became a resident of Van Rensselaer Manor, he was elected vice president and then became the acting president of the resident council. He was a former member of the Troy Elks. Jim was a fixture for a long time at the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home where he spent his time driving, and being a door attendant. He was truly a valuable part of the firm. In addition to his wife, Betty, Jim is also survived by his children, Kevin (Kim) Hynes, Patricia (Lee) Hess and Kimberly Young. He was the very proud grandfather of Kari Hynes. Jim is survived by his two sisters, Margaret Stebbins and Carol Hynes of Troy and was predeceased by his brother, Frank Hynes. He is also survived by nieces and nephews and many friends. The funeral service for Jim will be held on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. at the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery, Troy Jim's family would like to especially thank the staff of Unit C3 at Van Rensselaer Manor for their wonderful care and kindness shown to Jim. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to either the St. Joseph's Church restoration fund or the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and would be appreciated.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 27, 2012