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James A. "Jim" Spofford

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BERLIN, N.Y. -- James A. (Jim) Spofford, 52, entered peacefully into the arms of the Lord at Schroon Lake. N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 after a long illness. He was born in Bennington, Vt. and is the loving son of Avery and Joan Kelley Spofford of Rotterdam.

Jim served his country as a Petty Officer 3rd Class from 1969 through 1975 aboard the U.S.S. Wasp Aircraft Carrier. Jim loved the great outdoors and lived for the next season always. He was an avid hunter and a top, area fly-fishing enthusiast. There was nothing he enjoyed more than volunteering his time and skills to teach yet another young child the sport of fishing or hunting. He found his peace this day atop the mountains in the Adirondacks of N.Y. Jim was given special recognition by NYSDEC for his service to the task force on deer management. He was very knowledgeable in the hardware business and managed some of that areas last “Real Hardware Stores.” Jim retired from Al’s True Value in Berlin a few years ago due to his illness. He leaves behind his loving wife Holly Pacholic Spofford of Berlin and faithful companion “Meghan.”

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers Scott, Chris and Timothy and sisters Colleen, Kelley and Mary. He was loved like a son by Joseph and June Pacholic and daughter JoAnna Pacholic of Cohoes. He was the proud grandfather of Kennedy Elizabeth Spofford and leaves behind many very special friends.

The funeral is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dufresne Funeral Home, Inc., 216 Columbia St., Cohoes with the Rev. Nick TeBordo officiating. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Inurnment in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Friday 2 p.m. with full military honors. In lieu of flowers Jim would like donations to be made to the local chapter of “Trout Unlimited” and asks that you volunteer your time to “take a child hunting and fishing.”

For directions and private guest registry, www.dufresnefuneralhome.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 11, 2003
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