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Jim Anderson's Calling Hour Set For Thursday


One of Ogdensburg's finest sportsmen and highly regarded inkeepers Jimmy Anderson passed away on Monday and his unexpected death pierced the Ogdensburg community with its startling impact and sadness.

"I just played golf with Jimmy on Saturday and he showed me pictures of his grand children," said one friend while another was stunned when he learned of Anderson's passing one day after a cordial conversation after mass at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Anderson and his wife Ethel operated Oscar's Restaurant for many years and made it one of the area's best sports establishments. It was a popular gathering spot for fans, officials and coaches after high school basketball games, summer softball games and to watch sports of all sorts at the college and professional level.

Patrons were treated to great food, great company and a comfortable atmosphere.A place enjoy longstanding friendships and a place to make new friends.

Throughout their careers Jimmy and Ethel sponsored any number of softball, basketball and bowling teams.

Anderson enjoyed countless friendships through his career at Oscar's, golf, fantasy golf and baseball and trips to casinos.

His death leaves a huge void in his large family, regular golf foursomes, fantasy golf and baseball exchanges and the "The Island" at the Place.

While mourning his loss, friends will say "Thanks for the Memories."

According to information posted on the Frary Funeral Home website Calling hours for James Anderson , age 72, of Rosseel Street, Ogdensburg, will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home.   

As per Jim’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.  Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery.  Mr. Anderson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 26, 2019, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.

James is survived by two daughters, Jodi Bresett and her husband, Bucky; and Amy Petell and her husband, Randy; a son, Robert Anderson and his companion, Heather Simmons, all of Ogdensburg; siblings, Cheryl and her husband, Jon Magnuson of California and Sandra Lyons and her husband, Patrick, of Ogdensburg ; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a brother, William Anderson.

James was born on October 30, 1946, in Woodstock, Ontario, the son of Andy Anderson and Eleanor Demarse Anderson Cody.  He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy.  James married Ethel Sellers on September 11, 1967 with Rev. George N. Whittaker officiating at St. Henry’s Church in DeKalb Junction.  James was employed as a manager for Ames Department Store. Later he and his wife, Ethel, owned and operated Oscar’s on Ford Street for over twenty-eight years until they sold the restaurant and retired in 2009. Ethel predeceased him on October 10, 2013.

James enjoyed playing golf, “Thursday on the Island”, and playing the stock market.

Donations may be made in James’s memory to the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, 610 Paterson St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 and the Kiwanis Sports Program, PO Box 651, Ogdensburg, New York 13669.

Online condolences may be made at


The John Durr Memorial Golf Tournament will be handing out ribbons on Sunday for the participants when they register to wear in memory of dear friend Jim Anderson who passed away unexpectedly on Monday. They have a pin with them so can be worn on hats or shirts or put on the golf bag. .

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