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JAMES AUBREY McKAMEY, Sr.
James Aubrey McKamey, Sr., affectionately known as Jim, Bebo and Beebs, was born in Steelton, PA on April 6, 1949 to the late Juanita McKamey-Walker and Richard Williams. On Thursday October 22, 2020, he entered into eternal rest from his home surrounded by loved ones.
James was a man of strong Christian faith and grew up as a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. He married at a young age and was blessed with a set of fraternal twins from this union. He later married the love of his life – Gayle Bowden on April 14, 2012, and gained another daughter, and relocated to Albany, NY.
James was educated in the Steelton, PA public school system and graduated from Steelton-Highspire High School in 1968 where he was a standout member of the football and track and field teams. After graduation he attended Harrisburg Area Community College before entering the apprenticeship program at the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Steelton. James, along with another colleague, were the first African-Americans to complete the program to become licensed Electricians and High Voltage Electricians. He soon earned his Master Electrician license and was appointed as a member of the City of Harrisburg Electrician Licensing Board. After several years at the plant, James and his good friend Walley Butler partnered to open an electrical contracting company. He later ventured out and opened his owned business – J.A. McKamey Electrical Company. After a long career as a High Voltage and Master Electrician, James retired in 2013. He was proud to have trained many aspiring electricians helping them get a firm start in their careers.
Throughout his life he had many interests, one of the greatest being his love of meeting and helping people. He was friendly, out-going and had a comedic sense of humor. Starting at age 10, he became an avid skier. Cooking, entertaining, traveling and riding his motorcycles were highest on his list of interests and passions. Additionally, on June 4, 2011 James was proudly raised as a Master Mason, hailing from Paxton Lodge No. 16 in Steelton.
James is predeceased by his parents, stepfather Ralph Walker and brother Frank Williams. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Gayle Bowden-McKamey; twin children Jeffie McKamey, Albany, NY and James A. McKamey Jr. (Erika), Jacksonville, FL; daughter Tamara Young, NYC; sisters Jacqueline Yellock (Walter) and Deborah Williams, Harrisburg, PA; brother Vincent Williams (Yolanda), Harrisburg PA; seven grandchildren Jamé, Michael, Morgan, London, Isaiah, Shiloh and Sanaa; special longtime friends John Clea and Andrew Greene; Lifelong brother-friend William (Sonny) Mills; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
James’s life was a blessing and his memory a treasure. He is loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.
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