SITKA — Father James Blaney, who served in Catholic churches around southeast Alaska for more than 25 years, has died. He was 76.
Father Peter Gorges said Wednesday that Blaney died of cancer on Dec. 4 in Sitka.
Blaney served as pastor of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Sitka since 2011 and previously was assigned to parishes and missions across the region.
His service included 12 years as pastor of St. John’s-by-the-Sea Parish in Klawock, as well as time in Haines, Skagway, Hoonah, Petersburg and Wrangell, KCAW reported.