James M. Handford age 97 of Rensselaer died Monday December 3, 2018 at the Van Rensselaer Nursing Home. The son of the late Benjamin and Ruth Morrill Handford He was born in Rensselaer and educated in the Rensselaer School System.
Loving Husband for 56 years to Grace (Drew) Handford, He felt he was truly blessed with the life of love and devotion Grace provided him and their children. Grace predeceased him in 1999. She was the daughter of Hildreth and Pearl Drew of Rensselaer.
Jim enlisted into Troop B, Horse Cavalry NYNG in 1939 at Albany and attained the rank of 2nd Lt upon graduation from Tank Destroyer OCS in Dec. 1942. He served overseas on Leyte, P.I, attained the rank of Captain, Armored Div. and was discharged in Jan 1946.
James was employed by the former W.H. Smith Paper Corp. in Albany for 34 years, served as Vice president in sales, retired in 1983. He was a life member of the First Baptist church Rensselaer, a member since 1946 of Van Rensselaer Lodge #87 F+AM, a member of the American Legion Melvin Roads Post 1231, and a life member of Hendrick Hudson Fish and Game club. He served three terms as president of the Adirondack Goodnow Flow Assoc., Newcomb, NY.
In addition to his beloved wife Grace, Jim is predeceased by his brother Benjamin Handford.
Devoted father of Bruce (Margaret) Handford, Barbara (Mark) Callahan, Beth (Robert) Brown, grandfather of Kevin (Jennifer) Handford, Mark Jr. (Ashley) Callahan, Jill Handford, Sarah Brown and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Stewart; great grandfather of Gabriella, Brianna,, Natalie Handford, Copper and Arrow Callahan, Charlotte Grace Handford, and Kayden Stewart, brother of Edwin Handford and devoted friend of Nancy Mitchell.
Respecting the request of Jim, there will be no viewing hours and the funeral service will be private. Interment will be in the New Rural cemetery, E. Greenbush. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Jim in a special way, may send contributions in his memory to the Shriner’s Hospital, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104 or a charity of your choice which will benefit children in need. Send condolences to www.wjrockefeller.com