Resolution J1056-2013

Mourning the death of James S. Cameron, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of James S. Cameron, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay proper tribute
to individuals of great character  whose  lives  reflected  the  highest
ideals  of  humanity  and whose lifework enhanced the quality of life in
the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, With deep remorse, this Legislative Body is  moved  to  mourn
the  passing  of  James  S.  Cameron,  distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community, who died on March 7, 2013, at the  age  of  82;
  WHEREAS,  James  S. Cameron was one of New York State's foremost child
welfare experts who, for 50 years, provided educational and policy lead-
ership on child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention in the  State
and throughout the country; and
  WHEREAS,  The  son of the late Donald and Bertha Kenney Cameron, James
S.  Cameron was born on April 6, 1930,  in  Bridgewater,  Massachusetts;
  WHEREAS, James S. Cameron served his country as a member of the United
States  Army as a psychiatric social worker during the Korean War; after
leaving the service, he earned an MA/AB from Boston University in  1955,
and a Master of Social Work degree from the University at Buffalo, State
University of New York, in 1961; and
  WHEREAS,  James  S. Cameron began his child welfare career in Buffalo,
New York, working his way up  to  the  position  of  Director  of  Child
Protective  Services in Erie County; he then moved to the Albany area to
become the first Director  of  New  York's  Child  Protective  Services,
advising  the  New  York  State Legislature and setting up the Statewide
Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and reporting  hotline;
  WHEREAS,  James  S.  Cameron  used his vast knowledge of child welfare
issues and policy to make a positive difference in the lives  of  count-
less  children  across the nation; he was a much sought after speaker at
state and national conferences, published  numerous  articles  on  child
protective  services  practice, and served on several state and national
committees dedicated to protecting children from violence, including the
National Resource Center on Child Abuse; and
  WHEREAS, James S. Cameron's commitment to excellence, and  his  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  He was a faithful and beloved member of St. Andrew's Episco-
pal Church in Albany for many years where he generously used his talents
in support of many of the church's ministries; he  served  as  a  vestry
member,  senior  warden, and member and chair of the Outreach Committee,
as well as the parish liaison to the Extra  Helpings  food  buying  club
sponsored by FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry; and
  WHEREAS,  James  S. Cameron exemplified what it truly means to give of
oneself; he was a beautiful light in the lives of all of those with whom
he came into contact; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to his parents, James S. Cameron  is  predeceased
by  his  late wife, Lee Scanlon Cameron and son, Adam Cameron; brothers,
Donald Cameron Jr. and Malcolm  Cameron;  and  a  brother-in-law,  Peter
Scanlon;  he  is  survived  by  his  daughter,  Paige L. Cameron and his
sister-in-law, Frances (Stanley) Merrill; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  James S. Cameron's life was a portrait of love and service;
he leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage of time and

will remain as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of James S. Cameron, distinguished citizen  and  devoted
member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of James S. Cameron.


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