James P. Halvey Jr.

James P. Halvey Jr., 84, of Stewart Street, Amsterdam, N.Y., passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, at North Collier Hospital in Naples, Fla.

Born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on February 17, 1928, he was the son of the late James and Pearl Johnson Halvey Sr.

Jim was a graduate of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam, N.Y.

He was the owner of Amsterdam Rug Company.

Jim was a United States Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a member of the Equity Club and the Antlers Country Club (Rolling Hills) in Fort Johnson, N.Y.

His wife, Joan A. Halvey, to whom he was married on February 3, 1952, passed away on March 25, 1975.

Jim is survived by: four daughters, Margaret Aison (Howard of Amsterdam, N.Y., Nancy Halvey-Facci (Mark) of Tulsa, Okla., Eileen Halvey of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Elizabeth Halvey of Ashville, N.C.; one son, James P. Halvey III of Utica, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Sarah Aison, Jacob Aison, Brittany Halvey, Brianna Halvey, Ann Facci and Christina Facci. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Jim was also predeceased by his brother, Richard W. Halvey.

Jim’s kindness and wisdom made a lasting impression on his family and friends alike. Each one of us has our own favorite Jim Halvey memory. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He dedicated his life to his family. He retired from his successful business, Amsterdam Rug Company, ten years ago and promoted his hobby, golf, to his second career. He played daily and thoroughly enjoyed himself. He also could be referred to as a “golf ball hunter and collector” and a volunteer golf instructor. He played a round of golf the week before he passed. He was a wonderful piano player and well versed in politics and current affairs. He had a great sense of humor and a can do attitude that is worthy of emulating. He significantly impacted many lives and lived the American Dream, well played. He will be remembered and deeply missed by his five children, sons-in-law and six grandchildren and friends.

Calling hours will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Funeral services will be private.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jim’s name may be made to the Amsterdam Lions Club in care of the mortuary.

To send online condolences to the family, visit www.rileymortuary.com.