AMESBURY — James E. Haley, 79, of Amesbury, died December 9, 2011 at the Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, Ma.
Born April 9, 1932 in Newburyport to the late James H. Haley and Louisa (Quill) Haley. James served in the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Navy on the USS Kearsarge. He was a 50-year member of the Newburyport Elks B.P.O.E. 909 and served as Exalted Ruler on 3 occasions. He was also a member of the VFW, Neptune's and the Moose of Newburyport.
Early in his career he was secretary to the Newburyport Mayor, Albert H. Zabriskie. James retired as Chief of Audit for the Mass. Department of Revenue after 30 years of service. He also served as a member of the Amesbury Finance Committee. He was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1950, and also from Bentley College, Class of 1958. He attended the Florence Heller Graduate School Center for Human Resources at Brandies University and the J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard University.
His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Janet (Barth) Haley of Amesbury. His sons, Kevin Girard of New Jersey and David Kelly and his wife Sharon of Seabrook, NH Daughters, Margaret Kelly of Merrimack, Ma, Tracy Kelly of Dorchester, Ma, Louisa Haley of Amesbury, Ma, and Patricia Young of Merrimack, Ma. Sister-in-law, Phyllis Packer of Newburyport. Daughter-in-law, Dorothy Kelly of Hillsborough, NH.
James is predeceased by his son, Jeffrey Kelly, husband of Dorothy. Brothers, Raymond Haley and his wife Loretta of Newburyport and Michael Haley and his wife Maryann of Plaistow, NH.. Sisters, Marjorie Fanaras and her husband Rudy of Dover, NH and Louisa Kekopoulos and her husband Gregory of Venice, FL. As well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no calling hours or services at the request of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to ; Newburyport Elks Scholarship Foundation, 25 Low Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 Arrangements are under the care of the Twomey, LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home of Newburyport.