James W. Colgan, 66, of King Ferry, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Ithaca, after an extended illness.
Jim was born Feb. 22, 1951 in Auburn, and was a lifelong area resident. He was graduated from Southern Cayuga Central School, and then served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. Following his discharge, he received a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY Brockport in 1975.
Jim had worked with his father on the family farm, where he enjoyed bailing hay with relatives and friends, before being employed for more than 20 years as a plant mechanic with AES Cayuga in Lansing.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Church, was a member of the Union Springs American Legion Post #1107, and was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post #7274 of King Ferry. Jim enjoyed spending time with his friends, driving his Jeep, being at Cayuga Lake, hunting, playing softball, and planting potatoes in the spring. Jim was the kind of person that was loved by all that met him, and he felt the same in return.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Wilbur; his mother, Mary (Delaney) Colgan, of Groton; three sisters, Marie Mock, of Albany, Joan Taber (Carl), of Trumansburg, and Marcia Slocum (Donald), of North Lansing; two nephews, Sean Taber (Molly) and Stephen Taber (Katie), and three nieces, Marycatherine Mock (Mia), Anna Slocum, and Nellie Slocum.
He was predeceased by his father, Gordon J. Colgan in 1989, and by his brother-in-law, Ned Mock.
A Right of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in Our Lady of the Lake Church, King Ferry. Interment with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Scipioville. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Shurtleff Funeral Home, 10117 Route 90, Genoa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospicare, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or to the American Legion Post #1107, Union Springs, NY 13160.