James Richard Larsen, Jr, 69 yrs. old, of Fredonia, NY passed on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dunkirk, NY.
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He was born in Silver Creek, NY the son of the late James R., Sr. and late Marguerite (Carr) Larsen. It is there James attended/graduated from Silver Creek Central School.
James was a retired Truck Driver/Courier for Erie 2 BOCES/LoGuidice Center, Fredonia, a job he enjoyed for 20 years (8/1986-10/2006) He enjoyed his conversations with the school staff he met over the years at various the districts in Erie, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.
Previously James was employed by True Temper for 17 years until its closing in 1986. James had also worked at Colvin’s in Cherry Creek, GE in Erie, PA. and helped out at the family’s Larsen Keystone gas station in the early 70’s. He started earning a paycheck early in life with his job at Joe’s Garage in Silver Creek and his 5 Dunkirk Observer paper & Penny Saver routes in Silver Creek. His strong determination helped him get through lung cancer and stroke suffered at the same time in 2005-2006.
James’ biggest joy in life was his home and property. He enjoyed working around his property, lawn mowing, watering his many summer flower pots, snowplowing and aggravating his cat Buddy. Previously he raised and sold Muscovy ducks, geese, chickens, and brown eggs.
He is survived by: his wife, Diane T. Larsen, of Fredonia, NY, whom he married 45 years ago, October 6, 1973, just after dating for 4 months.
Also surviving are his sisters: Linda (Kenneth) Slother, of Kennedy, NY and Terri Wood, of Indianapolis; and his father’s second wife, Germayne.; nephews: Shawn (Sonja) Slother, of Sanborn, NY and Shane (Tania) Slother, of Mariensville, PA. along with many cousins, aunts and uncles. In addition to above family are sisters-in–law: Mary Lou Dalessandro, of West Seneca, NY and Caroline (Robert) Gritzke of Williamsville, NY, and brother-in-law Ronald Kosowski and son Christopher of Orchard Park, NY. Besides both his parents James was also predeceased by cousins, aunts and uncles. Calls may be made Friday from 11:00 am-2:30 pm at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY, where funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Burial service will be private. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please make donations to the Forestville Rescue/Fire Co.
PS: Me and You, You and Me. That’s the way it’ll always be. Diane