MORRISTOWN -- Funeral services for Dr. James C. Magee, Sr. PhD, will be held Monday, March 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Morristown with Rev. Christopher C. Carrara officiating. Burial will be in Morristown. Calling hours will be held at the family’s home at 181 River Road East, Morristown, on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Mr. Magee passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family along with his brother, Robert, and his wife, Darby. Arrangements are under the direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.
Mr. Magee is survived by his wife, Ellen McDonald Magee; six daughters, Patience Bautista and her husband, John, of Plymouth, CA, Catherine McCormick and her husband, James, of Kirksville, MO, Elizabeth Travaglini and her husband, James of Chelmsford, MA, Ellen Copeman, of Morristown, NY, Clair Sever and her husband, John, of Carbondale, PA, and Susan Grandaw and her husband, Robert, of Canton, NY; and one son, James Magee, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of El Dorado Hills, CA; a brother, Robert Graves and his wife, Darby, of Dunedin, FL; a sister, Elizabeth Washville and her husband, William, of Naples, FL; fifteen grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Magee was born in Flushing, NY, the son of Ruth Graves and James C. Magee on September 3, 1934. He met Ellen McDonald at St. Lawrence University as they were both Mathematics Majors and they married in June 1959.
James was raised in Gouverneur, NY. He obtained a Bachelors degree from St. Lawrence University and he went on to receive a Masters of Education from Harvard University, a Masters of Mathematics from Notre Dame University, and Doctorate of Mathematics from Clarkson University. James started his career as a professor of Mathematics at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in Rhode Island and retired after 35 years teaching at SUNY Potsdam.
He raised his family in Potsdam and spent summers, holidays and weekends on the river in Morristown. He spent 20 years wintering in Clemson, SC where he had a rich group of friends on and around Clemson University. James was a passionate fan of the Yankees, Clemson and Notre Dame football.
As a young man, James joined the carnival and traveled throughout carnival season prior to college and during summer breaks while attending St. Lawrence. He shared his love of ping pong with his children and produced several who had serves and curve balls that were impressive. He enjoyed sailing a small boat, often at the most inopportune times when storms were brewing. He also enjoyed picnicking on the islands in the St. Lawrence River and swimming at Refugee doing the “float around”.
With the help of his father-in-law, James built a dock on his property that was the main social meeting place every summer for friends and relatives. As an older man he loved westerns and classic movies, football and CNN. He was an avid student of the stock market and enjoyed researching investment opportunities and making his own trades without the assistance of a broker.
He loved his wife and his family unconditionally and without bounds, caring and always there with a great sense of humor and a big laugh. He gave sage advice but respected choices made when well thought through. He had a strength of character that was beyond definition and lived life by never giving up and always pushing himself harder to maintain his physical abilities. Jim was first and foremost a family man who liked nothing better than having all of his seven children at home at the same time.
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