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James Hatch

STEPHENTOWN Captain James A. Hatch, age 88, and a long-time resident of Stephentown, N.Y. died this past week on Oct. 25, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was a graduate of Chatham High School in the Class of 1944, and following graduation, enlisted in the United States Navy. Jim, as he was affectionately known by his scores of friends and relatives, served in the United States Navy both during World War II and Korea, where he developed his love of the sea, ships and boating---spending most of the remainder of his life in both professional and recreational boating; always looking for one or another way to be on the water. He spent years running barges and tugs on the Florida coastal and intra-costal waterways, and while living and working in Columbia County, was constantly boating on the Hudson River, and active in numerous marine and waterway organizations, including the Catskill Yacht Club, where he served four terms as its Commodore, as well as the Mohawk Hudson Council of Yacht Clubs where he was also Commodore. Jim's boating skills and marine knowledge was well known and respected: He held a United States Coast Guard Captain's license in the US Merchant Marine. Captain Hatch did not limit his involvements and interests solely to boating. His enthusiasm and commitment to Veterans was wide-ranging. He was actively involved in several organizations, serving as Commander of the Columbia County, N.Y. American Legion Post; and he was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hobe Sound, Fla., as well as a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans in Port Lucie, Fla. Jim was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as a Mason, having been an active member of Masonic United Lodge Number 9 in New Lebanon, N.Y. He was known for his gracious and generous treatment of all people, and his enthusiastic enjoyment of life. He is survived by his three children, Jeffrey A. Hatch of Roanoke, Va., James A. Hatch, Jr of Phoenix, Ariz., and his daughter, Jacqueline Agogliati of West Windsor, N.J., his brother, Ward S. Hatch of New Lebanon, N.Y. as well as two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In loving memory of our father, brother, uncle, and friend. We will miss you! FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be at the Church of Our Savior in New Lebanon at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Burial will follow in the Flat Brook Cemetery of Cannon. Condolences may be expressed at yadackfox.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 31, 2014
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