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James Newell

James F. "Herky" Newell

Monday, September 22nd, 1947 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

South Glens Falls

James F. “Herky” Newell, 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2020, at his home. He was “Our Hero” who fought a four-year battle with prostate cancer. His heart and smile carried him and us to the very end of his life.

Born in Glens Falls on September 22, 1947, he was the son of the late Grace (Ryan) Newell. He inherited his great smile and beautiful curly hair from his mom, the “Amazing Grace”.

Herky was a graduate of Fort Edward School class of 1965, where he was an excellent athlete. He continued his education at Cobleskill College. James worked for General Electric Co. in Fort Edward in maintenance as a welder and plumber. Whatever problem came up he fixed it for 35 years until his retirement on October 31, 2003.

On November 27, 1971, Herky married the love of his life, Gail Havens, at St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward. Together they both enjoyed traveling to Florida, Wells Beach, ME, Hampton Beach, NH. They both had fun looking for little treasures at auctions and flea markets. Their secrets of a happy marriage were “laughter” and “communication”. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them. Especially watching his granddaughters play sports and most proud of their accomplishments in school. Even if he couldn’t attend games, he would always be coaching them from the sidelines or at his home. He loved coaching his sons and their friends in South Glens Falls little league and basketball. He was on the board of South Glens Falls Little League for many years, getting the boys all new uniforms and equipment.

Along with his parents, Herky is predeceased by his father and mother-in-law, Clarence and Catherine Havens, with his brothers, Robert Newell and William Newell, brother-in-law Charles Caputo, and sister-in-law, Patricia Newell.

Left to cherish his many memories are his loving wife of 48 years, Gail Newell, sons, James Newell and wife Michele, Brian Newell and wife Jaci, grandchildren, Whitney Boothby, Lillian Newell, Abbigail Newell, Mia Newell, and Emma Newell, siblings, Tom Newell, Nancy Caputo, Jane Healy and husband Edmund, and Mary Anne LaBruzzo, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Anne Newell, Regina Newell, Michael Havens and wife Teresa, David Havens and companion, Mary Macura, Colleen “Beanie” Kubish and husband Donald, Terry Havens and companion, Lois Liebig, Patrick Havens and wife Felicia, Jack Havens and wife Cindy, Nan Newell, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

James wanted to give thanks to the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance of 2019 for all their support. Also thank you to the Community Hospice of Saratoga for their help the past three months. They would also like to extend a thank you to Dr. Gillani, Elizabeth and all the nurses of the Glens Falls Hospital C.R. Wood Cancer Center for helping us through this hard journey of cancer. James wanted to urge men to have a simple PSA blood test done and to know early about prostate cancer.

Donations in Herky’s memory may be made to South Glens Falls Marathon Dance, 6 Bluebird Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803 or to C.R. Wood Cancer Center c/o Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 126 South Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Due to the recent health crisis no public services will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.
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Richard Stiles

Posted at 11:13am
I am very sad of Jim's passing. He was a long time friend. I worked many years working with Jim. He was a joy to be around, he was always happy and full of life. He will be dearly missed.
PJ

Preston & Mary Jenkins

Posted at 08:09am
Gail and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. May your beautiful memories help ease your pain. Our condolences.

With Sympathy,
Preston and Mary Jenkins
DH

Daniel Haltermann

Posted at 04:25pm
Worked with Herky for a lot of years . Always helpful,always happy, always intelligent. Will always be thankful.for him
Wish well to his family.
Dan Haltermann
SM

Suanne Munson

Posted at 02:19pm
Gail, Jimmy, and Brian,

I have many good memories of Jimmy. He was my son Caleb's first baseball coach. He and Dick Noonan were a dynamic duo. They taught all of the kids how to play ball and also gave them a love of the game. My Dad, Al LaPoint, worked at the Ft.Ed. GE with Jimmy. He thought a lot of him. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Sue Munson
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Emma Newell

Posted at 11:04am
Thank you all for the wonderful things written about my Dad. He was one of a kind. Always nice to everyone and cared about everyone. I will miss him every day, but everyday I look at Emma and I know that she has all of her Poppa's kind heart. I would like to thank my brother Brian who put his whole life on hold, to take care of Dad. They had a very special bond. My Mom who helped Dad with everything, so he could be comfortable. My entire large Irish family was wonderful. I would like to give special thanks to Cousin Jeana, Uncle Mike, Aunt Jane, and Cousins Billy and Donna S. for giving extra visits to my Mom's house to make sure she was alright.
Thank you again all.
Love you all,
Jimmy
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