Jim "Hooper" Diamond
Feb 12, 2005 

James E. Diamond Jr.

February 12, 2005 Jim "Hooper" Diamond Jr., 73, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to all who knew him, was called by the Lord to be with Him on February 12. He passed away after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Syracuse to the late James, a firefighter who died fighting the Collins Block fire in 1939, and Elizabeth (Egan) Diamond McKeever. He attended St. Lucy's Academy in Syracuse. Jim was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, having served in the Korean War. He was employed by the Syracuse Police Department, retiring after 21 years. He also was employed by Fay's Drug Co., for 20 years. Jim was an active member of the Pastime Athletic Club in Syracuse and was a founding member of the Rascals Social Organization of Tipperary Hill. He was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn Diamond Meagher, and stepfather, James McKeever. Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ellie (Walsh) Diamond; a son, Jim; daughters, Lisa (Brian Kane) Diamond and Tracey (Kevin) Diamond Ryan; four grandchildren: Lauren, Jesse, Taylor and T.J., all of Syracuse. Services: will be held Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home, 3180 Bellevue Ave., and 1 p.m. in Holy Family Church, Fairmount, where a celebration Mass will be held. Burial will be in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Syracuse P.B.A. will serve as honor guards. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to The Rascals Family and Friends Flower Fund, 133 Sheraton Rd., Syracuse, NY 13219. Edward J. Ryan & Son Inc.
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 2/14/2005.