ROCHESTER €" James J. Doyle Sr., formerly of Keeseville, passed away at Unity Hospital Rochester, N.Y., on Friday, May 18, 2007, following a lengthy illness.

Jim was born in Whallonsburgh, N.Y., on Jan. 10, 1919, the son of deceased Dora (LaMountain) Doyle and John Patrick Doyle. His family moved to Keeseville when he was a very young boy.

Jim attended Keeseville Central School, leaving in his junior year, March 1941, to enlist in the U.S. Army. He was placed in the 26th Infantry, First Division. In 1942, he participated in the invasion of North Africa. After the African campaign, he made the invasion in Gila, Sicily, where he contracted malaria and was hospitalized. He also made the invasion of Omaha Beach. He went on to fight through France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded during street fighting in Aachen, Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was sent to a hospital in Paris to recover. After his recuperation he went to fight in Czechoslovakia. He returned home in June of 1945. In all, he spent 34 months in the service, most of which was overseas.

Jim was employed at the Keeseville Central School. This later became The AuSable Valley Central School. (Keeseville Central merged with AuSable Forks Central.) He retired after 26 years of service.

Jim served in the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years. When he had the time away from the fire station, he loved to hunt and fish. He and his nephew, Ricky Doyle, won trophies in fishing.

Jim leaves his wife, Ruth Bleau Doyle, to whom he has been married for 60 years; a son, James Jr. and wife, Mary (Carney) Doyle; a daughter, Sheila Doyle; grandsons James Doyle III and wife, Michelle, Matthew Doyle and wife, Lauren; granddaughters Rebecca and husband, Matthew Eisenhower, Sarah Doyle and Deborah Doyle; great-granddaughters Shannon Doyle and McKenzie Doyle; great-grandsons Joshua Eisenhower, Nathan Eisenhower and Caleb Eisenhower; sisters, Mrs. (John) Mary Doyle LeFebvre of Bristol, Conn., Mrs. Irene Doyle Brady of Watervliet, N.Y., Mrs. Virginia Doyle Galarneau of Plattsburgh, Mrs. (Narcisse) Helen Doyle Denue of Hopewell Jct., N.Y.; brother, Charles Doyle, of Eatontown, N.J.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Betty Doyle, of Keeseville; brother-in-law, Mr. Roger Caya, of Melbourne, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by John Doyle of Southington, Conn., Francis Doyle of Bristol, Conn., Joseph Doyle of Keeseville, Catherine Caya of Melbourne, Fla.; Karl Doyle of Keeseville, and Marguerite Doyle of Keeseville.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2007, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton St., Keeseville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 24, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Keeseville with Msgr. Leeward J. Poissant, pastor, celebrating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department.۩

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