James R. Colway
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James R. Colway, 92, passed away July 15, 2013, after a brief illness. Jim was born on November 12, 1920, in Oneida, NY, son of Mary D. and Joseph W. Colway. Jim joined the Army and served from 1943-1945 in the 88th Infantry Division, 313th Regiment, in Italy and Africa during World War II. After the war, he studied painting and illustration at Syracuse University from 1946-1949 under the GI Bill. His paintings were exhibited in 18 U.S. Embassies around the world and in over 100 permanent and private collections. Reproductions of his paintings, depicting rural American life, can be seen in almost every major city in the United States and Canada. Jim was also an accomplished advertising executive who retired from Oneida Ltd. as senior vice president, where he'd worked for 38 years. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Cynthia. He is survived by his sister, Carol Kinney, of Oneida; his son, Jamie Colway and his wife, Susan, of Myrtle Beach, SC; his daughter, Mary Thompson and her husband, Steve, of Oneida, NY; grandchildren, Jason Colway, of Clinton, NY, Jordan Colway, of Myrtle Beach, SC, Steve Billings, of Brentwood, CA, Giles Thompson, of Brooklyn, NY, Carl Thompson, of Vail, CO, and Mike Thompson and his wife, Dr. Erin Thompson; and great-grandchild, Evelyn, of Oneida, NY. A memorial service will be held at the Oneida Community Mansion House on July 31 at 11:00. Donations in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Oneida Community Mansion House grounds, Kenwood Ave., Oneida, NY 13421.
James R. Colway
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on July 23, 2013