James D. O’Shaughnessy, 88, formerly of Gouverneur
Gouverneur – James D. O’Shaughnessy, age 88, formerly of Gouverneur and Massena, passed away on August 19, 2013.
Burial will follow in the New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur.
James, Jim, was born on February 10, 1925 in Pietra Santa, Italy, to American parents, the late Austin and Marjorie (Dempster) O’Shaughnessy. His family was in the marble business, working with partners in Manhattan. They moved to New Rochelle, NY from Italy in 1930 where he graduated from high school and Iona College, with a B.S. in Chemistry.
He married Ruth I. Weber on April 16, 1949 at St. Helena’s Church in the Bronx, NY. They moved to Gouverneur in 1964 and where he worked for International Talc in product development. The couple lived in Gouverneur for 43 years; spending summers at Sylvia Lake. He was very involved in St. James Catholic Church as a communicant and lectern.
The couple was also active with Gouverneur Community Players where they performed in many plays and musicals. They moved to Massena in 2007. Ruth O’Shaughnessy passed away on June 9, 2012.
Jim was always positive, principled, and committed to many humanitarian causes including Catholic relief missions and Right to Life. He was known for his ever present sense of humor and friendly nature. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Gouverneur Country Club.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Meagan McMahon, Isabel Caton, and Colleen, Molly, Lauren, Clara, Emily and Michael O’Shaughnessy; and four great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Andrew McMahon, Aidan Corner, and William Considine as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
He is predeceased by his wife, Ruth; a granddaughter, Kate O’Shaughnessy; his brother, Thomas O’Shaughnessy; and his three sisters, Josephine Ely, Grace O’Shaughnessy and Maureen Healey.
Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Kate’s Team, a family organized charity for cancer research,Terry Fox Run NYC at www.terryfoxrunnyc.org, The National Right to Life Organization or Catholic Charities.
Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Monday, April 21, 2014, Watertown, NY
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