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James P. Allen Jr.

d. July 13, 2021

​Sand Lake-James P. Allen Jr., 79, of Rte. 43 died on Tuesday July 13,2021 at St. Peter's Hospital after a brief illness.
A retired land surveyor who worked on numerous projects both in the Capital District and western New York, Jim was born October 17, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of James and Ruth Vanderford Allen. Jim was the third son in the family, following older brothers Tom and Ron and had resided most of his life in Sand Lake.
Jim graduated from Averill Park High School in 1959. During his time in high school, he played football, basketball and baseball. As a student, he developed a keen interest in engineering. Upon graduation, Jim joined the Army and ended up being stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was during his enlistment and while working an extra job at an amusement park he met the love of his life, a young women named Tiffany Hall. On August 2, 1961, Jim and Tiffany were married.
The newlyweds loved living in San Francisco and took advantage of all the diverse things to do there, which included following the San Francisco Giants during their magical 1962 season resulting in a National League title and an appearance in the World Series against the New York Yankees.
After Jim was honorably discharged in 1963, he and Tiffany moved to Troy and welcomed a son James later that year. He began his professional career working in Troy and Albany before eventually landing a job at C.T. Male Associates in Latham. During a career that spanned parts of six decades, Jim worked for Niagara Mohawk in several positions, eventually becoming head surveyor for the company. He worked in Albany and Syracuse.
Jim served as Executive Vice President of the Eastern New York Society of Professional Land Surveyors, took numerous courses to enhance his skills and worked for the state in various capacities including time with Environmental Conversation. Over the course of more than 25 years during the later stages of his career, James displayed his devotion to his family and career by working five days each week in Syracuse and returning home to his wife on the weekends.
Tiffany worked for the state over four decades serving in various roles, most notably in Vocational Rehabilitation and Library Development. 
Their son has been a sportswriter/broadcaster in the area since 1989. He has worked at the Times Union since 2006 covering high school sports.
As a father, James nurtured his son's love of sports that included trips to Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park to watch various auto races and serving as a youth baseball coach.
Little League baseball helped forge a friendship between Jim and Tiffany and Bill and Roxanne Doyle. It is a bond that grew stronger each year and extended through their children to this day.
In addition to his devotion to his family and friends, Allen joined his wife in supporting several charitable pursuits.
Survivors in addition to his wife and son, his daughter in law Elise, grandson Cameron Canty, his brother Ronald (Sue) Allen and Freda Allen, a childhood friend and wife of his late brother Tom, along with several nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call 4-7 pm on Tuesday August 24 at the Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel 2691 NY 43 at Glass Lake Averill Park, with a short Memorial Service beginning at 4:15.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to either the Wounded Warriors Project PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS. 66675 or Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern NY  4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205
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Service Information:


August 24, 2021
Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel
Averill Park, NY

Memorial Service

August 24, 2021
Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel
Averill Park, NY
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