James Savage, Sr.

James Savage, Sr., 50, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 surrounded by his family after a long and heartbreaking struggle. James was born on January 18, 1968 in Manhattan to Benny Ray Savage and Ethelena Lois (Scarbro) Savage.

James was known for his heart of pure gold, his endless generosity, gentleness, and love for his family and friends. He loved woodworking, the Yankees, gardening and flowers. James was a true man’s man at heart and was known for his big trucks, which suited his 6’5 frame, which earned him the nickname Beast. His memory will always be cherished and he will always be very missed.

James found comfort and peace at times but was never able to fully extricate himself from the inner chaos which was at times hidden, medicine could not cure and all of our love could not soothe. In the end, despite his courage and his and his families’ best efforts, his disease was incurable. James will always be remembered for his gentle spirit, his high intelligence and his love of a good laugh. A testament to the kind of person James was is his final gift of organ donation which will help 30 people live.

James was blessed with and is survived by his loving wife Karen; his much loved son James Savage, Jr (Nicole) of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren Lilly, Makayla, Blessing, Jeremiah, and Camilla; stepchildren Cortney Anzur (Doug), Leigha Wilson (Hope), Brandon Zeiber (Sophia); stepgrandchildren Jayden, Ethan, Emma and Lily; siblings Faith Savage of Ellenville, Joann Savage of Ballston Spa, Ben Savage (Kathy) of Lake Luzerne, Heather Primeau of Ballston Spa, and Duane Savage of Portage, WI, nieces and nephews Richard Markle, Jr., Melissa Gibson (James), Wayne Conklin, Henry Kiernan, Kelly Kiernan, Tasha Savage, Darwin Whipple III, Carson Lyons, Stephen Mackey, Heather Savage, Sarah Mackey, Grace Porter, Rachel Porter, Katrina Schutte (Tim), Joshua Mackey, Sirena Primeau and Kaylee Mackey.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Friday, February 16 at Free Spirit Fellowship Church, 1425 West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Guest Book

Carson Lyons lll

You were an amazing man with an amazing heart. We will all miss you you will not be forgotten your life will be remembered forever because you touched the hearts of many I love you and Rest In Peace and watch over us from above

Katrina Schutte

You're/you were a one of a kind human and uncle. I will forever carry you in my heart. I love you so much and wish you were still here. You were the person I looked up to growing up and still do. Rest in peace my big teddy bear.


I will remember you forever. I love you and miss you more than words can say. Rest easy uncle, say hi to Nanny and Pop and Big Dar for me.

Kaylee Mackey

My uncle was my favorite always and forever. I wish I had done something to help him sadly he made a choice but I will miss him very much. Love you Uncle James

Artie Coykendall Jr.

Growing up with James and Duane was great memories for me building forts in the woods and James wrecking them as the beast in the woods always comes to visit, LOL. We had a bicycle shop in his garage and built them and sold them to all the kids in the park. We had a lot of fun playing WWF wrestle mania back then as well. He reminded me of Andre the Giant. RIP James, we will meet again in Heaven.

Faith Savage

I don't know what to say at a lost for words memories of 50 yrs running through my head over and over again I love you so much and miss you rest now little brother know that you touched all our lives

Chuck Primeau (aka Chuckster)

Rest easy big dog, I will truly miss you as you were like a brother to me. The fun and the memories we made I will never forget, I am heart broke beyond words but I take comfort knowing I will see you again. Tell mom and pop and Darwin hello for me please keep your wings wrapped around our family to keep them safe and out of harms way (I'm sure you have it covered) I love you James and I am honored to have been a part of you life. Rest in peace brother.

Sarah Mackey

Your loss has been felt by anyone who has ever known you. We all love you and miss you dearly.


Sleep in peace, James. I’m so sorry I never knew you were sick, you will be deeply deeply missed. Memories and stories of your goodness and cheerfulness will live on forever. I will always delight in speaking of you.

Daniel Pillius

He was a good childhood friend. I remember the fun our families had growing up in Walden. I even remember the summer days up at Bradly Field, and hanging down by the river. I will always have those memories. He will be missed.

Elizabeth Butchino

I worked with him at Hannaford he was always so kind, caring and could brighten your day. I always looked forward to the days I got to work with him. I am so sorry for everyone's loss. He will be missed. R.I.P James


You fought a long hard road little brother, you were such a big teddy bear. I love you and my grief is to profound to even have words right now. Just know we all loved you

Jodi Rivett

I first met James working at Hannaford, always willing to help and was so much fun to work with. Then his niece Sirena started dating my son Jeremy. So we continued to see each other at family functions. James just know you will be missed and I am so glad that you crossed my path. So sorry to the family cause this is such a big loss and know you are all in my prayers.

Heather Primeau

God speed James. I will miss you forever. I love you.

Brenda Primeau & Family

My Deepest Condolences On The Loss Of A Wonderful Man, He Was The Light Of A Party & Always Made You Smile! I’ve Got Good Memories Of James & He’ll always be Remembered ..