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James S. Powers, Jr.

November 3, 2019

james s powersJames S. Powers, Jr., 92, of Sackets Harbor passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Jim was born in Oneonta on April 16, 1927, son of the late J. Searle and Virginia (Woolheater) Powers. The family moved to Lowville when he was young and he graduated from Lowville Academy. He entered the US Army on May 16, 1945 and was honorably discharged on November 9, 1946. He then went to Ithaca College and received his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education.

On December 18, 1954 he married the love of his life Mary Ellen Loson at St. Peter's Church, Lowville. Mrs. Powers, a long time music teacher at Sackets Harbor Central School, died on December 5, 2010.

In 1957, Jim began his career at Sackets Harbor Central School where he was a physical education teacher, coach, and Athletic Director until his retirement in 1984. He coached football, track, basketball, and baseball. Some of his many accomplishments with his teams were the Section D. basketball championship in 1959 and the Frontier League track championship in 1965. His record in football was 124-65 during his tenure, winning championships in 1964, 1965 (undefeated season), 1972, and 1974 (winning against his Alma Mater, Lowville, for the championship). As a former student and player described him, Jim taught his players to be fundamentally respectful of their talents, embrace any opportunity to be excellent, and to play hard until the last whistle blows.

Jim was an offensive coach, then head coach for the Watertown Red & Black. In 1980, he was named Sporting News National Co-Coach of the Year for Semi-Pro Football, won the EFL championship and was ranked # 2 in the country. In 1996 he was inducted in the Red & Black Hall of Fame. He still enjoyed the monthly luncheons with his fellow Red & Black colleagues. He received the Citizen of the Year award from Sackets Harbor and was inducted in the Sackets Harbor Hall of Fame in 2018. With his wife, Ellen, they coordinated the landscaping and floral arrangements throughout the village for several years. He also helped her run her antique business, Main-ly Antiques. He enjoyed following his wife as she led the Sackets Harbor Sentinels Marching Band wherever they played, which included Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Disney World, and the Gator Bowl.

Jim enjoyed playing golf, watching horse races, and was a huge SU basketball fan. He was a communicant of St. Andrew's Church.

He is survived by his son, Gary (Cindy) Powers and their daughter, Fayetteville; daughters, Kathy Harrigan and her two daughters, Dewitt, Julie (Dennis) Jackson and their two sons, Carthage, and Cheryl (Steve) Hillyard, and their two daughters and two sons, Franklin, NC. He is also survived by brother Edward (Rosalie) Powers, Greenfield Center; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, Jim was predeceased by his sister, Vesta Andre.

His family would very much like to thank all Jim's friends and neighbors for their care and devotion, keeping him engaged with his community, and watching out for him.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, November 8, from 4 - 6 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 9, at 1 PM at St. Andrew's Church, Sackets Harbor with Rev. William G. Muench presiding with burial in Lowville Rural Cemetery following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Meals on Wheels or food pantry. Jim had great compassion for those who were suffering or in need. In keeping that legacy alive, help someone less fortunate than yourself. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

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#13 DENNIS & DELLA FISHE 2019-11-10 11:01
GARY, KATHY & JULIE
SO SORRY TO HEAR THE PASSING AWAY OF YOUR DAD. HE WAS A BLESSED AND WONDERFUL PERSON, ALWYAS CARED ABOUT OTHERS. WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS WONDERFUL DEEDS, AND A GREAT FAMILY MAN. WHOM RAISED GREAT CHILDREN. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS. THE FISHER FAMILY, N LAS VEGAS, NV
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#12 Bill and Sue Brogan 2019-11-09 13:17
Gary, Kathy, and Julie
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Always will remember our trips to Sectional games, Brantingham matches, and his famous stories. Also fondly recall talking strategy on basketball. He was a great man and friend.
Bill and Sue
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#11 gary grovesteen 2019-11-08 14:17
Julie, I am very sorry to hear about your dad. He sure did live a great life. He will always be remembered.
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#10 Tom Murphy 2019-11-08 13:08
Jim Powers was great man--an outstanding coach and mentor to many young men.He was an even better human being who always lived his life to help others. A great family man and a great friend to all. I was very fortunate to be able to call him my friend. Im sure heaven is a better place now. Rest in peace my friend
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#9 BONNIE LAWRENCE 2019-11-08 08:14
TO THE FAMILY, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, I CAN REMEMBER GOING TO THE FOOTBALL GAMES AND WATCHING MR. POWERS COACH, HE WAS SUCH A LEGEND AS WAS YOUR MOTHER, THEY BOTH DID ALOT FOR SACKETS SCHOOL, I PRAY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME YOU FIND COMFORT AND PEACE
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#8 Jim Puccia 2019-11-08 07:41
I first knew him as the Football Coach for Sackets Harbor High School 1972 season. Later I meant his very nice daughters Kathy and Julie.. Condolences to all the family and accolades to his fine life.
Jim Puccia Watertown
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#7 Jim Branski 2019-11-07 11:49
What a life! You could not ask for a better father and husband, a better educator and mentor, a better coach and colleague, and a better friend than Jim. I am truly sorry that we will not be able to attend services for Jim. With all of our sympathy and love,
Coach Jim Branski and the entire Branski family
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#6 Fred McGraw 2019-11-06 18:06
Dear Gary, Kathy, Julie & Cindy,
What a legacy your Dad has left on the North Country.
Your Dad and Mom were a great couple.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God Bless you all!
The McGraw Family
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#5 Terry Armstrong 2019-11-06 14:44
Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. I only met your dad once. That was at the Saratoga Race Track. He helped me when it came to betting on the horses. He was such a nice man. .Prayers to you and your family.

Terry Armstrong
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#4 marie loson 2019-11-06 12:21
Gary, Kathy, Julie, Very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We stayed with your parents once when the kids were younger and your dad kept signing a song (something of Old Suzanna) but in his own way....never forgot that. May you all find comfort in your wonderful memories of both of your parents. Always, Marie And John Loson and family
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