Obituary of James P. McNaughton
James “Poppi” Patrick McNaughton passed away peacefully with his family by his side on September 6th, 2023. He was 83 years old. Jim was born in the Bronx on December 11th, 1939, to Anne and James McNaughton. He proudly served as a US Marine. He then worked as a surveyor, helping to plan the building of skyscrapers and other complex structures in New York City. His trigonometry skills were deeply appreciated as part of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was an avid defender of veterans, unions, democracy, watching out for people in need, and other causes near and dear to his heart.
Jim married Jane (Halloran), his “Pearl River Pearl” on June 14th, 1969. They moved to Garnerville, NY where they raised 3 children. Jim loved art, Frank Sinatra, the NY Giants, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the NY Mets. He was an avid reader (especially Terry Brooks and Stephen King), a huge fan of science fiction TV and films, and loved sharing all his favorite things with his grandsons, Sean and Aidan.
He is predeceased by his loving wife Jane, his sister Geraldine Valentine, and brothers Frank and Robert. He is survived by his sister Patricia (Thomas) Leydon and brother Tom (Fran), children Jennifer Herman of Garnerville, NY, James McNaughton of Albany, NY, John (Sheila) McNaughton of Pearl River, NY, grandsons, Sean and Aidan McNaughton of Pearl River, NY, many dear nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in law, beloved friends, and his faithful dog, Willie.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 10th, 2023 from 2pm-6pm at TJ McGowan Sons Funeral Home in Garnerville, NY. Mass will be held on Monday, September 11th, 2023, 11am at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, Garnerville, followed by interment at Fred Loescher Veterans Cemetery, Spring Valley, NY.