James Caldwell

James Caldwell

December 7, 1947 – May 14, 2019

James passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on May 14, 2019 in Omaha, NE.  A talented fisherman, James enjoyed camping, vacationing and spending time with his family. James was a people person known for his unique sense of humor, caring nature, and his devotion to his family and friends. James always knew how to light up a room with laughter, and he will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

James was born in Utica, NY and attended high school at Utica Free Academy. After high school, James enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served his country in the Vietnam War. James worked for 30 years and retired from the US Postal Service in Utica, where he developed many special relationships with his coworkers.

James was a proud veteran of the US Marines Corps and in the US Army Reserves. He served in the Vietnam War and was an active member of the Whitesboro American Legion and Vietnam Veteran of America Utica, NY Chapter 994.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Josephine Caldwell of Utica, NY.  A dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, James leaves behind his wife Sandy of Oriskany, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Nick Bassett of Rome, NY; daughter, Krystina Caldwell and partner Jeff of Oriskany, NY; daughter, Jennifer Caldwell and fiancé Rodney of Rome, NY; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Leah Caldwell of Omaha, NE; sister, Joanne Milbyer of Cicero, NY; brother, Mark Caldwell of Utica, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Robin Caldwell of Yorkville, NY; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and James Wing of Marcy, NY. James also leaves behind six grandchildren: Shaye, Brycen, Gage, Jace, Natalie and Ryan, whom he cherished and loved so much.

With many friends from all walks of life, James had a special bond with his lifelong childhood friend, Tony Raffule and fellow veteran Neil Fovel, with whom he kept a close relationship until his passing.

The family would like to send a special thanks and gratitude to the doctors, physicians and nursing staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital for the excellent care of James during his final months.

There will be a Memorial Mass for James at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Catholic Church at 702 Columbia St, Utica, NY 13502 on Monday, May 20th at 11am. All family and friends are welcome to attend to honor James and his life.



  • Bob & Nancy Farr Posted May 17, 2019 1:04 pm

    Our deepest & sincerest sympathy to you Sandy, Pam and the rest of your family. God bless you all and give you strength thru this difficult time. God bless Jim and we thank him for his service. Love to you all.

  • Ed Leahy Posted May 17, 2019 2:01 pm

    Bobby & family, we send our deepest condolences and support for you all. We are glad we had the honor to know Dad and enjoy his love for life. Peace to you all!

  • Barb Kembrey Posted May 17, 2019 3:11 pm

    Pam I am so sorry to hear your sad news. Please extend my

    Pam I am so sorry to hear your sad news. Please accept our sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Marlene Cottet Posted May 17, 2019 3:42 pm

    We will miss Jim and his great sense of humor. Jay has great fishing memories of him. Praying for you and the kids.

  • Kerry Van Vechten Posted May 17, 2019 6:44 pm

    Caldwell family, I sending my deepest condolences for your loss.. I am going to miss all those camping trips with Jim and the many funny stories.. Your father has alway welcomed me with open arms into his home or any gathering.. He was a great guy and will truly be missed!!

  • Melinda Money Posted May 17, 2019 9:15 pm

    Pam and Family
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  • Richard Johnson Posted May 18, 2019 8:57 am

    To all the Cadwell family…. the loss of Jim is hard for you and anyone who had the opportunity to know Jim.

    i personally have so many great memories including him as my sponsor for my confirmation..
    Most of all i will remember what a kind person.he was.

    .My respect for what he sacrficed in serving our great nation could not be higherq.
    i will miss my cousin and wish i was ab!e to attend his services.
    i will always hold the childhood memories of our great Nonno extended family close to my heart and jim is for sure a key part of those memories.

  • Susan Linton Posted May 19, 2019 12:37 am

    Dear Sandy, Thank you for having this posted. I did not know all of Jim’s family and this was a good reminder of how much a family man he was. He loved you loved the kids and grand kids so much. He will be missed. Know you are in our prayers and we so wish we could be there at a time like this for you. Know you will be in our thoughts and prayers on Monday as you remember a great man with your friends and family around you.

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