James Francis Aiken

Whitehall, New York – James Francis Aiken, 81, of Whitehall passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at his home.

Born on July 14, 1940, in Whitehall, he was the son of Richard C. and Evelyn (LaMore) Aiken. He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1957 and was a 1963 graduate of Castleton Teacher’s College, majoring in education. After graduating, he began his teaching career in the Salem, New York, school district. Shortly thereafter, he was able to take a position at the Whitehall Junior/Senior High School, where he taught for 30 years.

A lifelong Whitehall resident, Jim dedicated his life to family and to serving his community. He was a member of the Jaycees, a charter member of the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Company, a charter member of the Skenesborough Rescue Squad and co-chair of the Whitehall Canal Festival Committee for more than 30 years. He served on the Whitehall Town Board, was a member and president of the Whitehall Historical Society and was a steadfast supporter of many other community-related activities throughout his years.

Jim enjoyed fishing on Lake Champlain and especially ice fishing on South Bay. He was a Detroit Red Wings fan and a season ticket holder for the Adirondack hockey teams in Glens Falls. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s school, sports and musical events. Jim also had a love of music, which he shared with his wife Sandra. He was a founding member of Our Lady of Angels men’s choir, provided karaoke experiences at local coffee shops and senior centers and participated in the Adirondack Voices community choir in Glens Falls, which had its most recent performance in December 2021.

Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by two brothers, R. Wyman Aiken and William L. Aiken, and two sisters, G. Lorraine Mahar and Andrea M. Aiken. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sandra (Clark) Aiken; son James R. Aiken and wife Heather of Gansevoort, New York; daughter Susan Marino and partner Henry Moreno of Hinesburg, Vermont; grandchildren Mia Marino, Molly Marino and Addison Aiken; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Calling hours for family and friends were from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan 10, at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., in Whitehall.

The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Skenesborough Museum, c/o Whitehall Historical Society, PO Box 238, Whitehall, NY 12887 or Our Lady of Hope Parish, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, NY 12887.

Online condolences may be made at jillsonfuneralhome.com.