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James K. McCabe, 61, retired state heating specialist

Sept. 11, 1956 – Sept. 12, 2017

James K. McCabe, of West Seneca, a retired New York State heating specialist, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long struggle with cancer. He was 61.

Born in Buffalo, the 13th of 16 children, he grew up in South Buffalo and was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He studied to be a stationary engineer and later earned an associate’s degree from Empire State College.

Mr. McCabe began working as a stationary engineer at the West Seneca Developmental Center and took a position with the state as a heating plant equipment specialist in 1982. From a base in Albany, he maintained heating systems in all of the state prisons. He retired in 2012.

A musician and songwriter, he played the guitar to entertain family and friends and performed at open mic nights.

He loved to travel, visited Ireland, London and Paris, and made trips annually to Florida and California to visit his brothers and sisters. He also enjoyed an annual week with family and friends at Allegany State Park.

He was a member of the Babcock Boys Club Alumni Association.

He married the former Kelly Green, who is one of 12 children, in 1982. They provided a home for a niece, Sarah Stack, and a nephew, Aaron McCabe.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Marilyn; a son, Patrick; six sisters, Sharon Hulme, Bea Janiga, Marilynn Natwora, Kathleen White, Marjorie Gallagher and Maida McCabe; three brothers, Thomas, Joseph and Matthew; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St. at Mill Road, West Seneca.

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