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James R. Colway


1920 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
James R. Colway Obituary
ONEIDA >> James R. Colway, 92, passed away July 15, 2013 after a brief illness.
Jim was born in 1920 in Oneida, N.Y., 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, S.C.; his daughter, Mary Thompson and her husband Steve of Oneida, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jason Colway of Clinton, N.Y., Jordan Colway of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Steve Billings of Brentwood, Calif., Giles Thompson of Brooklyn, N.Y., Carl Thompson of Vail, Colo.; Mike Thompson and his wife Dr. Erin Thompson and great-grandchild Evelyn of Oneida, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at the Oneida Community Mansion House on July 31, at 11 a.m. Donations in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 or the Oneida Community Mansion House grounds, Kenwood Ave. Oneida, N.Y. 13421.
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on July 23, 2013
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