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James Timothy VanOlpen

James Timothy VanOlpen

Watervliet - James T VanOlpen passed away on December 22, 2021, while on vacation in Hawaii. Born in Troy, NY, he was the son of the late James J. and Bessie (Doherty) VanOlpen. James graduated from Watervliet High School where he played soccer First team All Area. Following graduation, James served his country in the U.S. Navy before starting his career with D&H Railroad. James retied from Amtrak where he was a Machinist.

James is survived by his wife, Ellen (Hanley) VanOlpen, his children Michele (Barbara Toll) VanOlpen and Erin (Lyle) Galante. Proud Pa Pa Moe to his grandchildren Rachel Galante, Janelle Galante and Aidan Toll. Beloved brother of Ruth VanOlpen and Effie VanOlpen.

All services were private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a veteran's charity would be appreciated.

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Erin and Michelle I was so sad to read about your dad. He was always one of our biggest cheerleaders, good or bad! And he was never afraid to correct a ref on a call. I will miss his smile and seeing him on my walks around the hill. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that he is on the puddy pie seat in heaven.

Jen (O'Reilly) Hoefer Jan 9 2022 9:45 AM

I am stunned by this news. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am going to miss Him. Ellen, you and your family are in my thoughts as you grieve this loss.

Your neighbor Tammy. Jan 9 2022 8:23 AM

Can't believe. Your gone. Will miss you dearly. Just happy you where enjoying your self. At the time. ❤️❤️

Ruthie. (Van Olpen) Jan 8 2022 10:02 PM