Troy- James Alan “Jim” Laviolette, 78, a longtime resident of Brunswick and more recently Raymertown, died peacefully Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy following a long illness.
Born in Troy July 1, 1944, Jim was the son of the late William T. and Helen A. (Lee) Laviolette and, for over 34 years, the beloved husband of Sandra L. “Sandi” Laviolette of Raymertown, who survives.
Jim was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School’s Class of 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian Studies and a Master of Library and Information Services Degree from SUNY Albany and in 1980 a Master of Business Administration Degree from RPI in Troy.
Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force in February 1965. After basic training in San Antonio, Texas, he was stationed in Istanbul, Turkey, and served as an interpreter and Russian language translator during the Viet Nam War. At the time of his honorable discharge in February 1969, he had earned the rank of sergeant.
For over 24 years, he was employed as a mail clerk by the United States Postal Service, working from the post office in Albany, NY. He retired in 2011.
Jim enjoyed the hobbies of gardening, wood working, going for Sunday drives with Sandi, and spending time with Cheri, David, Emma, and Jake, in the backyard and on the patio deck they shared. In his later life, he enjoyed his quiet time caring for and in the company of his pet cats.
In addition to his wife Sandi, Jim is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and David Lee of Raymertown, a daughter-in-law, Dawn (the late Chris) Hobart, a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Margaret Laviolette of Halfmoon, a brother-in-law, Butch (the late Patricia) Hyde of Brunswick, six grandchildren, Erin, Julia, Taylor, Emma, Jake, and Ryan, and two nieces, Sheila and Traci.
At Jim’s request, a private graveside service with military honors and burial will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Raymertown at the convenience of his family.
Those wishing to remember Jim in a special way are invited to make a contribution to the Mohawk – Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12203, in memory of James A. Laviolette.