BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / releases ) Former House of Representatives Doorkeeper James T. Molloy has passed away. Molloy was a legendary figure from South Buffalo who made his mark in Washington, D.C. According to the Buffalo News, Molloy passed at Strong Memorial Hospital after a battle with diabetes. He was 75.
Below is the schedule of the calling hours and funeral for James Molloy.
Thurs. 7/21 & Fri. 7/22
Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home
250 Orchard Park Road
Mass of Christian Burial:
St. John Vianney Church
2950 Southwestern Boulevard
Eyewitness News received statements from Congressman Brian Higgins and newly elected Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on his passing.
By Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27)
“For 20 years South Buffalo’s own James T. Molloy served as the House of Representatives doorkeeper, a prestigious title held by only 34 people going back to 1789. As the individual with control of access to the House chambers he held great authority but was especially known for greeting Western New Yorkers visiting the Capitol with particular affection. Generations of local residents, many of whom can be found working on the Hill today, benefited from his welcoming spirit and institutional knowledge.
“Jim was a friend and a confidant. In my first days and months in Congress he was generous with his time and advice, passing on valuable lessons I keep with me today. He will be dearly missed by those in Washington, DC and friends and family locally but we have peace in knowing that our own legendary and beloved doorkeeper has now gone on to meet a doorkeeper of a much higher power.”
The following is statement from Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on the passing of James Molloy:
“The loss of former House of Representatives Doorkeeper Jim Molloy is a very personal one for me. Jim was a dear family friend, having attended grade school, high school and college with my father. My first visit to Washington, DC in 1968 included a tour of the Capitol by Jim Molloy, where he shared his love for the House of Representatives with me. During my most recent conversations with him, he was a source of encouragement and inspiration during my run for Congress. I will never forget his compassion for others, nor his dedication to his family, to public service and to our country.”