James W. Dewey, 94, of Silver Creek, NY passed away Friday morning, November 6,2020 at the Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, NY.
He was born on June 13,1926 in Delaware, Ohio the son of the late Wesley and Hannah (Browning) Dewey. He married the love of his life Barbara J. Lawton on Nov. 23,1949 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Silver Creek, NY. She preceded in death on September 24,2016.
Jim is survived by his loving daughter, Virginia (Mark) Parsons of Hamburg, NY; a cherished granddaughter, Andrea (Rafael Zegarra) Parsons of Tonawanda, NY; a dear brother, Donald (Janet) Dewey of Ashley, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Barbara J. Dewey and an infant daughter, Katherine Dewey.
Jim was a graduate of the Frank B. Wilson High School in Delaware, Ohio, “Class of 1944”. He lettered in basketball and tennis. He was a patriot, joining the U.S. Navy in1944 serving in the Philippines during WWII and was honorably discharged in1946. He was called back into the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and served on the USS Enoree (AO-69) from 1950-1952, they hauled oil between Aruba and different ports in the USA. He worked for 35 years as a crane operator for the Ford Stamping in Buffalo, NY, retiring in 1988.
Jim’s memberships included the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Dept., 50year member, the Silver Creek Emergency Squad, 10year member, the Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472, the Silver Lodge F & AM # 757, a 32 Degree Mason. He was appointed Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of the Chautauqua District in 1982 & 1983. Jim loved to golf and belonged to the Tri-County Country Club for over 60 years, where he served on the board for 6 years.
Jim enjoyed life to the fullest. He always said everyday I meet a new friend it was a great day! He considered himself blessed for having a great wife to go through life together and a loving family. He will be dearly missed by family and many great friends.
As per the family’s wishes visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery. The family suggest memorial contributions in Jim’s honor to the St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, 2546 Lake Rd. Silver Creek, NY 14136 or the Silver Creek Emergency Squad, 162 Central Ave. Silver Creek, NY.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel, 160 Central Ave. Silver Creek, NY.
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