James R. Sweeney

James R. Sweeney, also known as “Jamie” and “Headly,” age 61, of Gloversville, went to be with God on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

He was born March 24, 1959, in Gloversville, the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Erkenbrack) Sweeney. He graduated from Gloversville High School where he was part of the Industrial Arts Club. After high school, he became a member of the Operating Engineers Joint Local 106 of Albany, where he was a crane operator for many years. Although a notoriously hard worker, those who knew James would attest to his equally strong presence in the outdoors. Whether surrounded by loved ones at camp or hunting in Canada, Colorado, Alaska, and New Mexico, James’s passion for the outdoors fueled numerous adventures throughout his lifetime. He was a friend that all could count on, always lending out a helping hand. His friends and family appreciated his keen sense of humor and his smile that could light up the room. The last several years he spent much of his time in Colorado with his eldest daughter and granddaughter where he loved playing hide and seek, sitting outback or driving to the mountains and “glassing.”

James is survived by three children, Candace E. Jones (Josh) of Colorado, Meagan E. Sweeney of Mayfield and James R, “Jay” Sweeney Jr. of Gloversville; a granddaughter, Zaria Jones of Colorado; nine brothers and sisters, Frank E. Sweeney III of Meco, Michael Sweeney (Patricia) of Meco, Virginia McCumber (John) of Mayfield, Kathy Otto (John) of Florida, Charlene St. Dennis (Richard) of Gloversville, Joan M. Sweeney of Utica, Thomas J. Sweeney (Missy) of Gloversville, Ann E. Blanchard of Gloversville and Nancy J. Johnson (Bob) of Fonda; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John T. Sweeney.

A celebration of life will take place later in the year when hopefully COVID-19 has settled down.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.