James B. Fay
1930 - 2020
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TILLSON- James Brendan Fay, 90, passed at his home in Tillson on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, with family at his side. Jim was born in Bronx, N.Y., on Feb. 11, 1930 to the late James and Margaret Madden Fay. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and Fordham University. After completing college, Jim served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He later earned his MBA at Sienna College. Jim worked as an accountant at IBM at the Kingston and Poughkeepsie sites until his retirement in 1990. He taught accounting at Marist College as an adjunct faculty member for 35 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia who he was married to for 67 years; his daughters, Patricia Roche and husband Sean of Tillson, Kathleen Fowler and husband Michael of Modena, Colleen Stevenson of Melbourne, Fla., Erin Coyle and husband Thomas of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Maureen Migliorini and husband Robert of North Haven, Conn.; and his son, Sean Fay and wife Gretchen of Monrovia, MD. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Taryn, Kayla, Erin, Colleen, Michael, Matthew, Shawna, Glenn, Patrick, Caitlin, Dylan, Connor, Aidan, Declan, Megan, Colin, and Madeline, and his great-grandchildren, Gavin, Isla, Abby, Josh, Madeleine, Michaela, Catherine, Jack, Sienna, Ava, Sawyer, and Sophie. Jim was predeceased by his infant daughter, Mary Fay; his sisters, Anna Griffin and Rosemary Fay; his brothers-in-law, John Griffin, Jack Davin, George Jerkowski, and Jack Halligan; and his sister-in-law, Anne Jerkowski. Jim was a parishioner at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rosendale for over 60 years. During that time, he shared his accounting skills with the parish in a variety of capacities most recently alongside his dear friends Pat Jordan and Bob Senna. Jim was dedicated to his faith and his family. He enjoyed keeping up to date on all the events in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and spending time with his large extended family. Jim loved Irish music and dance and traveling to Ireland. He was an accomplished Irish step dancer who enhanced many family celebrations with his dancing skills. He also enjoyed sharing a good joke. The family is grateful for the love and support shown to Jim by his extended family, neighbors, and friends over the years. They are also grateful for the care and support provided by many healthcare providers. The family will have a private Mass of Christian Burial and graveside service. A future celebration to honor Jim’s life will be held once it becomes safe to gather his large extended family together once again. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Jim’s memory be made to St. Peter’s Church, P.O. Box 471, Rosendale, N.Y., 12472 or to aceingautism.org (North Haven location). (www.GJMoylanFuneralHome.com) http://www.lastingmemories.com/james-b-fay

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Published in the Daily Freeman from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to Pat his beloved wife and his entire family.
As a boy growing up and as a former
pastor of St. Peter’s , I cherish the
memory of Jim as a man of tremendous faith and holiness. A
true pillar of the parish and always
devoted to his family and community. I can still recall the image of him dancing to an Irish tune. May he now dance before the
Lord in the joys of heaven.
Father Paul Dmoch
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September 20, 2020
I will always remember his smile and friendly wave as he drove past my house in his car - many years beyond retirement. Sending my condolences to the entire family.
Lori Giordano
September 16, 2020
Your all in our prayers and thoughts. Jim was a great friend and a great neighbor. We will miss all his wonderful jokes he used to tell. And his dancing and his smile. Love John and ann Marie VAVRINEC
Ann
Neighbor
September 15, 2020
Best wishes to the entire Fay family. I worked with Jim in the Accounting Departments at IBM. I never worked with a more wonderful person. Friendly, helpful, with a sense of humor. and that Irish smile..Rest in peace Jim.
Mike Cronin
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