James Michael Klingman, of Poughkeepsie, beloved as a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on Sunday, December 30, as “When the Saints Go Marching In” played on his bedside radio. He is now reunited with Sheila, his cherished bride of 58 years, who passed away in 2016.
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Jim was born in Middletown, New York on March 24, 1932 to Charles and Mary (Lynch) Klingman and raised there as the youngest of their eight children. His siblings – Charles, Richard, Margaret, Isabel, Francis, Theresa and Elizabeth – all predeceased him.
Jim graduated in 1952 from Orange County Community College’s first class, and from Rider College (now University) in 1954. After service in the U.S. Army (1954-1956), where he was stationed in Berlin, he returned to New York. Jim and Sheila wed in 1958, and soon after moved to Montgomery, Alabama, as Jim began his work at I.B.M. For most of his career with I.B.M., which spanned close to forty years, he was based in East Fishkill. Upon retirement, Jim and Sheila were able to travel extensively, until spoiling their grandchildren became their primary focus.
Jim leaves behind his devoted sons: Timothy, of Hyde Park, and Patrick, and daughter-in-law, Diane, of West Hartford, Connecticut. His son, Christopher, predeceased him. Jim’s brother-in-law, William Bosch, survives, as does his sister-in-law, Kathleen “Pat” Strong of Goshen, NY, and his brother-in-law, Gene Kangley of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and many nieces and nephews. His greatest treasures were his granddaughter, Jacqueline, and grandson, Nicholas, both of West Hartford – they will miss their Pop-Pop.
Thanks to the staff at The Landing, where Jim lived after Sheila’s passing, and the Pines of Poughkeepsie, where he spent his last few weeks.
Jim and Sheila were committed to ensuring all children had the skills they needed to succeed in life; they were especially sensitive to those challenged from birth. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Greystone Programs, Inc., 700 South Drive, Suite 203, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (https://greystoneprograms.org).
Calling hours are Friday, January 4, from 4pm to 8pm at William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 5, at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 11 Clinton Street, Wappingers Falls, NY. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Goshen, NY. with Military Honors. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com