James Sheehan Dineen, a 50-year resident of Rye, N.Y., passed away on December 6, 2017. He was 84. 

Born in New York City on January 3, 1933, he was the son of Francis Xavier and Edythe Sheehan Dineen. 

After attending the Loomis School, and the Wharton School of Finance, he graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Marketing in 1956.

His business career included forming JD Industries, Inc., which represented over twenty European textile mills in the United States. He retired in 2007.

Later in life, Mr. Dineen created an endowed scholarship fund for one student annually entering the teaching profession and generously supported the music department at Fordham College Lincoln Center, as well as the Fordham University Choir. 

Highbridge Voices was a cause that was near to his heart. As one of the founding trustees, he passionately supported the organization’s mission to use the performing arts to teach lessons of self-discipline, delayed gratification, and teamwork to children of the Highbridge community in the Bronx. His commitment to Highbridge Voices will have a lasting impact on the lives of hundreds of children.

He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Heminway on October 3, 1959. She survives him, as does their son, James “Chip” Dineen Jr. of Sag Harbor, and a brother, Francis Xavier Dineen of Hamden, Conn.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December 12 at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye. 

Donations may be made in Jim Dineen’s honor to the Palliative Care Unit at Greenwich Hospital and the Outreach Program at Church of the Resurrection.

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