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“Ziggy was a generous and caring friend. I know many kids in the city, Old and Young, will miss him. He photographed events and gatherings and was a...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Thomas Menard - Palm Bay, FL

“Ziggy , so many memories of our time together at a great newspaper The Transcript Telegram. You always taught me the way of "Holyoke", your Holyoke....Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Bil Bayer - Bergen County, NJ

“There will never be another photo team of Sears and Roback. You are the best my friend. Keep an ear to the scanner in heaven for us still working...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Dave Roback - South Hadley, MA

“I remember the first Time I met Ziggy, he was working with my dad(Edward Monahan) at the Transcript Telegram. He was a very loving and giving man. ...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Monahan-Varney - Orlando, FL

“Ziggy and I were taking Photos together while Ice Fishing and he made the introduction for me to become the Outdoor Writer for the Holyoke Transcript...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Thomas D. Menard - FL

“I was lucky enough to work with Ziggy in Holyoke. He knew everyone in town, covered every big event, and enjoyed himself immensely. The Kennedys...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Bob Unger - Fairhaven, MA

“Jim you will always be apart of our lives .You were like one of the family. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Elaine A Rud - Holyoke, MA

“You inspired me and helped me become a writer for the transcript telegram and getting into sports. You were such as gentleman and caring man. May u...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: joe hart - holyoke, MA - friend

“I've worked with a lot of people over the years, and Ziggy was one of the best. He was always there when you needed him, always came through in the...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Skip Vogt

“Mr. Sears was a classmate of my Mom's - her name is Mary Donahue, maiden name, Motroni. I would just like to say to his family that we are very sorry...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Chicoine - Chicopee, MA

“Our deepest condolences to the Sears family. God speed Ziggy, thank you for always being there. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Timothy Leary - Holyoke, MA - HFD

“Very sorry to hear about Ziggy's passing. He was not only an outstanding photo journalist but a great guy. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Pete Dragon - San Francisco, CA

“Ziggy was a Holyoke institution and a talented photographer. Some of my cherished memories of working at the T-T was working with Ziggy. Always a...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Angela Carbone - coworker

“Ziggy, what a great guy. Amazing photographer. Good friend. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Russell - Granby, MA

“Jim:You were part of my life ....all of my life. You were always there for me whenever i needed you . I have many memories and pictures that you took...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Gayle Rud Smith - Holyoke, MA

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HOLYOKE: James T. "Ziggy" Sears, passed away peacefully on his 83rd birthday, Saturday October 18, 2014 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Edward J. and Mary A. (Doherty) Sears and was a graduate of the former Saint Jerome High School. James was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. A professional photographer, Ziggy worked for many years at the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram and Springfield Republican newspapers, as well as doing freelance photography and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He covered every fire in Holyoke, regardless of the hour, and was still an avid photojournalist. He was active with the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club, and enjoyed covering the Golden Gloves Tournaments. Ziggy was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 90 and the South Hadley Sporting Club. James is survived by a sister-in-law, Janice Sears of Holyoke, four nieces: Laurie A. Gaines and her husband Tim of Holyoke, Lynelle Russell and her husband William of Amherst, Lynn Sears and her companion Joe Jack of Holyoke, Lisa Morin and her husband Donald of South Hadley, and a close friend, Elaine Rud and family of Holyoke. Besides his parents, Ziggy was also predeceased by his brother, Edward J. Sears, in 2012. Funeral will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by a Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA. Calling hours will be held Friday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ziggy to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, Nick 70 Cosmos Way, Holyoke, MA 01040.