James Joseph Bourne
April 12, 1947 - January 9, 2021
James J. Bourne, age 73, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. James was born April 12th, 1947 in Manhattan to Edward "Coach" Bourne and Catherine Bourne (née Boyle).
James proudly served his country in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1963 - 1968. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, James began a career with the NYS Department of Corrections. After dedicating ten years to the NYDOC, James became a NYS Supreme Court Officer, where he retired after 23 years. Above serving his country and community, James' love and devotion to his family defined who he was – as a dedicated husband, father, brother, and uncle it was one of James' many admirable traits.
James dedicated over 30 years to unconditionally loving his wife Michelle, his rose. For all who knew James, raising his three sons was his proudest accomplishment. James' impact on everyone he knew will forever remain in our hearts. The Bible says, "to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord". May James rest in peace knowing he is in the hands of God. You will truly be missed Dad. We love you, we miss you, and we will never forget you.
James is survived by his wife, Michelle Bourne; his children: James Owen, Robert, and Justin Bourne; his sister, Joan Bourne; nephew, Ryan Bourne; and grandchildren, Liam and Nicholas Bourne. He is predeceased by his father, Edward "Coach" Bourne; his brother, Edward Bourne; and his mother, Catherine Bourne.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Donovan Funeral Home, 82 S. Church Street, Goshen, NY. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, NY. Burial with full military honors will take place at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery, 111 Craigville Road in Goshen, NY. Due to COVID-19 restrictions capacity is limited. Face mask and social distance requirements mandated by NYS are in effect.
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Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc.