SARATOGA SPRINGS The Honorable J. Raymond Amyot, a recent resident of Wesley Health Care Center, died August 29, 2006. The retired administrative judge of the New York State Fourth Judicial District was born May 9, 1915 in Cohoes, N.Y. to Mary McGuire Amyot and Edmond Nazaire Amyot. He and his late brother Edmond were raised by their mother following the death of their father in the 1918 flu epidemic. Following graduation from LaSalle Institute in Troy, he attended Manhattan College and Ohio State University and graduated from Albany Law School, class of 1939. Upon being admitted to the New York State Bar, he joined his brother in private practice in Saratoga Springs. In 1941, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent, serving for over three years. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1944 and served in combat intelligence in the Pacific Theater and China. Upon returning to the states, he rejoined the law firm of Carroll and Amyot and practiced there until 1973, when he was appointed to the New York Supreme Court by the late Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. He continued to serve as a justice and was appointed fourth judicial district administrative judge in 1984. He retired from the bench in 1992 and resumed practicing law and of counsel to the law firm of Snyder, Kiley, Toohey, Corbett & Cox. In addition to his legal work, Judge Amyot thoroughly enjoyed playing golf (Remember to keep your right hand over the top of the left) and, for a time, was part owner of thoroughbred horses with friend, Chris Kouray. He was a member of the board of governors and one of three surviving charter member of the Saratoga Springs Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a member of Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus and Saratoga-Wilton B.P.O. Elks Lodge 161, McGregor Links Country Club and was a communicant of St. Clement's Church. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Edmond N. Amyot; and his dearest friend, confidant and nightly dinner companion at the Wishing Well for more than 50 years, Dorothy Cherry. Survivors are his nephew, Edmond N. Amyot, MD (Amejo Amyot); nieces, Martha Precheur (John) and Margaret Mangano (Anthony), all of Saratoga Springs, and eight great-nieces and nephews and eight nieces and nephews of the next generation. Relatives and friends are invited and may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2006, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-5373. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2006 at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Avenue. Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue. Contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St.; the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or a charity of your choice. burkefuneralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 30, 2006