ITHACA, N.Y. — A memorial for long-time Tompkins County attorney James “Jim” Hickey is scheduled to happen Thursday afternoon.

Hickey died July 14 at his office in downtown Ithaca. He’s been practicing law in the county since the 1980s.

The Tompkins County Bar Association is hosting a memorial at 3 p.m Thursday. at the Tompkins County Courthouse located at 320 N Tioga St.

His family provided the following obituary about him:

Longtime Trumansburg resident James R. (Jim) Hickey, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2016.

Jim was born in New York City on July 23, 1947 and was adopted by James R. Hickey, Sr. and Veronica Hickey as an infant. The family resided in Mahopac, New York where Jim graduated from theCatholic school system. He went on to study at Saint Bonaventure University where he majored in Journalism.

After graduation he moved to Morristown, New Jersey to work for a local paper doing newspaper reporting, radio newscasting and anchoring a Cable TV nightly news broadcast.

Although he found the work interesting he did not see a future in that profession so he decided to pursue a career as a lawyer.

He moved to Los Angeles, California to attend Southwestern Law School and enrolled in the four year program. Upon completion of his studies he passed the California Bar Exam but decided to move back to New York.

James “Jim” Hickey Photo by Jon Reis /

Jim’s father had died in car accident when Jim was very young. While Jim was in college his mother had remarried Dr. Ralph Low of Trumansburg and Jim came back to this area to set up a practice in the early 1980s. He clerked for a County Court Judge and worked as Assistant County Attorney prior to establishing his own practice in Criminal Defense, Divorce and Domestic issues and Real Estate and Wills/Estate distribution.

Jim has many passions in life: his work, his family, politics, three dachshunds who followed him everywhere when he was home, and family trips to name a few. But an overriding passion was baseball and specifically the Yankees. He had been a fan since he could remember and he and his very good friend, Mike Kuntz, made an annual trip to New York City every fall to see a game. Always looked forward to the start of the season and hoped every year for a spot in the playoffs.

Jim married Sandra Westcott in 1986 who survives him along with their two children; James R. Hickey III and Shayla Hickey. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Verrilli, who resides in San Diego, California.

He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, James R. Hickey, Sr. and Veronica Hickey-Low and his stepfather Dr. Ralph Low.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to: Tompkins County SPCA, American Legion Post 770, or the Trumansburg Fire Department.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held Sunday, August 7 th from 1:00-3:00 pm at American Legion Post #770, 4431 Seneca Road,Trumansburg.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. 1-888-534-5446.

Jolene Almendarez

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