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James Adams Stirling

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- James Adams Stirling died Jan. 2, 2006, surrounded by his children.

He passed quietly into the waiting arms of his Father in Heaven during the early hours of the day. He was 101 years young.

James was the eldest son of William and Isabella (Clunie) Stirling. He was born and raised in Dundee, Scotland. As a young boy, he worked in a jute mill. He joined the Boy’s Brigade, where he learned the bagpipes, his passion, which he played until 98 years of age.

At 19, Jim processed through Ellis Island, settled in Hoosick Falls and helped make possible the rest of the family’s passage a year later.

Jim worked, gaining experience, and going to night school and improving himself. Then he became a toolmaker for General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass. He retired in 1967, moving to Florida and later Bellevue, Neb., in 1973. Finally, he moved to Tucson in 1995, where he lived at Fellowship Square.

Jim loved hiking, camping, playing the bagpipes and spending time with family that he loved so dearly. He enjoyed teaching the bagpipes and playing them for parades, weddings, schools, clubs and numerous other organizations.

Jim was honored by the Southern Arizona Scottish Society for his outstanding contribution to the music world for 80 years of bagpiping. He was named the oldest bagpiper in Arizona in 1997.

Jim was predeceased by his wife Merle (1937) and his wife Gwenyth (2001). He leaves two sons, Ronald (Anne) and William (Sandie) of Tucson; daughter Sandi (Royce) Hack of Pinetop, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Ness Lassor of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls. Arrangements are by the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., Hoosick Falls.

Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to the home of Nessie Lassor and Lorraine and Ron Dooley for a time of fellowship and sharing.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 22, 2006
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