YONKERS, N.Y. – Det. James J. McCabe Jr., a 25-year member of the Yonkers Police Department, died Aug. 14 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 52.
McCabe was born Feb. 21, 1960, to James J. McCabe Sr. and Katherine Anne McCabe in Yonkers. He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Gorton High School, where he was a standout quarterback.
On May 1, 1987, he was sworn in as a Yonkers police officer. He began his career in patrol at the Third Precinct on Riverdale Avenue. His passion for law enforcement led to being named warrant squad.
McCabe was detailed to the FBI's violent crimes task force. As his career progressed, he was appointed detective on Jan. 14, 2002. He was transferred to work in the specialized intelligence unit in December of 2010.
Throughout his career, McCabe received honorable mentions, Journal News awards, commendations, certificates of police excellence and unit citations. In addition to his police work, McCabe was also an athlete.
He played on the Police Benevolent Association softball team, eventually organizing the Softball B team and continuing to play and coach. He also coach the Carmel Chiefs for several years. He was a die-hard New York Yankees and Jets fan.
McCabe is survived by his wife, Marybeth; a son, Patrick; his parents, James and Katherine; a brother, Thomas McCabe; two sisters, Tara Parness and Eileen McCabe; his mother-in-law, Barbara Condon Ryan; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church. Whalen and Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Putnam Humane Society, 68 Old Route Six, Carmel, NY 10512.