UTICA — James A. Milewski, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2019 at Acacia village with his loving family by his side.
He was born on July 15 1931, in Albany NY. He lived with Esther and Joe Dusavage and his grandparents Martin and Pelagia Milewski on a dairy farm on Roses Brook. He graduated from South Kortwright Central High School in 1949. He then enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Korea during the conflict. After being honorably discharged he returned to the United States to attend Oswego State Teachers College (now SUNY at Oswego) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education on the GI Bill. James spent 32 years working for the Rome Public Schools as a teacher at Staley Jr. High, and a computer programmer and guidance counselor at RFA. In that time he earned a Masters Degree in education from Colgate University and became a accredited School Psychologist. He concurrently worked as a night school guidance counselor at MVCC upon retiring from the Rome Public School system. After retiring he returned part time to work for New York State as a Psychologist.
James had a passion for the antique cars, he bought and restored. His treasures include a 1923 Buick Opera Coup, a 1931 Model A stake rack pickup truck and a 1965 Buick custom sport Riviera. He showed all three vehicles in local, state and national meets and won numerous awards. James was a member of the Rome Elks Club attaining 50 years, Mohican Model A Club, Tappet Twirlers, Buick Club of America, Riviera Owners Association (ROA), and the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
Surviving are his loving wife and dance partner of 65 years Alberta M. (nee) Healey; his children and spouses James Jr. (Sue) Milewski and Michael (Melody) Milewski; his grandchildren James III (Kristine) Milewski, Theodore Joesph (Brandi) Milewski, Michelle (Jason) Decharo, Christopher Milewski, Dr. Andrew Milewski, Kelly (Chris) Carinci, Christine Rudd, and Michelle (Felix) Colosimo; his great-grandchildren Mya, Serina, Cara, Bianca, Emily, Nicolina, C.J., Conner, Avery, Allidy, Christopher, Rhiannon, Hunter, Jack, Madelyn and Cooper.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on April 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Verona Beach NY. There will be no calling hours however, the family will receive guests at the church beginning at 11 a.m. prior to the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 6734 St. Rt. 13, Verona Beach, NY 13162.
Arrangements are under the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 284 Main St., New York Mills, NY 13417.
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