James Louis Ricks

Obituary
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  • "I am missing Jim so much every time I go to St. peter's NH...."
    - Betsy Forsland
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    - Sonya Moss
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    - Carmen Scism
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Ricks, James Louis ALBANY James Louis Ricks, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Community Hospice of Albany, St. Peter's Hospital. He was born October 16, 1927 in New York City (Manhattan). He was the only child of the late James (Pappy) Ricks and Dolores White Ricks His formative years were spent in Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y. He went to live with his maternal grandfather in Ithaca, N.Y. and was graduated from Ithaca High School and later attended Ithaca College, Jim's father was a basketball star with the New York Renaissance in the 1920's and 30's. The team is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Even though Jim contracted polio at an early age, he was athletically gifted and until his illness he was still actively involved with handball and golf. Jim was a national handball champion of the United States Handball Association. Jim had a long history of employment with the Airline Industry with Robinson, Mohawk, Allegany, U. S. Air and U. S. Airways. He was a member of the Albany Boy Friends for almost four decades. He is survived by Joan Jennings Belle Ricks, his wife of 37 years; a daughter, Gail (Dean) Williams; a son, James Ricks III; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving and tender care. A memorial service will be held Tuesday 2 p.m., January 11, 2011 at the Cathedral of All Saints, 62 So. Swan Street, Albany. Entombment will be in the Cathedral of All Saints. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY. 12205.
Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2011