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Feb. 2, 1930 – Aug. 8, 2013

James P. English, the founder of Claddagh Commission, an Evans-based agency that serves the developmentally disabled, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83.

A resident of Hamburg, Mr. English was a 1949 graduate of Kenmore High School.

In 1978, he founded the Claddagh Commission, where, through the years, he and his wife, Jean, worked to establish an integrated residence for intellectually delayed adults in Western New York.

While growing up, Mr. English watched his parents care for a younger brother who was developmentally disabled – an inspiration that would influence his future work.

“He had a genuine relationship with every individual who came to live with us,” said his wife of 35 years, the former Jean Campbell.

Mr. English was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce for developing Operation Good Neighbor, a program for those in need.

Mr. English was a volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, mentoring business owners and executives.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Carol Caputi, Susan Trias, Patricia Chisholm and Judy; two sons, Terrance and Carl; and a sister, Joan.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in South Towns Christian Center, 6619 Southwest Blvd., Hamburg.