SARATOGA SPRINGS - James L. Cooley, 73, went peacefully into the arms of the Lord with his loving family by his side Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Saratoga Hospital.
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He was born March 29, 1940, in Schenectady to Violet and Harry Cooley.
Jim worked for Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 83 for 27 years until his retirement in 1995.
He married the love of his life, Linda ""Lindy"" (Muscanell) Cooley, on Nov. 27, 1965. They enjoyed 47 wonderful years of marriage.
Jim was fun-loving and had a lovable personality.
He was an avid New York Giants fan and was always telling jokes and loved to make people laugh.
Jim was a devoted husband and father and grandfather with much love for his family. He played softball, loved to learn about history, reading war books and westerns.
He coached Little League and enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and watching hockey.
His favorite getaway was the Saratoga Casino & Raceway.
He was also very artistic.
Survivors include his wife, Lindy; his children, Karen (Steve), Howard (Jessica), Colleen (Dave), Edward (Jodi) and James (Carrie); his grandchildren, Andrew, Alex, Danielle, Amanda and Alyssa, who affectionately call him GOG; his sister, Cecelia (Edward) Baczkowski; his father-in-law, John (Fran) Muscanell; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Violet, Emily, Mary Lou and Lillian; his brothers, Harry and Bud; and his mother-in-law, Marion.
Jim's family would like to express their sincere admiration and special thanks to Dr. Daoui and Dr. Del Giacco for their compassionate and excellent care and for going above and beyond.
A funeral service in honor of James L. Cooley will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave./Route 9, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Friends and family may call from 1 to 4 p.m. prior to the service. Jim would not want you to feel obligated to wear a suit and tie; please dress comfortably.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of James Cooley to Wilton Emergency Squad, 1 Harran Lane, Wilton, NY 12831.
Online condolences can be made at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com.
Published in The Saratogian on May 3, 2013