James C. Hennessey, 85, of Fredonia, N. Y., died at his home Saturday April 18, 2020 after a lengthy illness. Jim was born October 6, 1934 in Dunkirk, N.Y. to Charles and Sara (Whidden) Hennessey. He served in the U. S. Army and was stationed in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jim received his associate’s degree in automotive technology from Morrisville State College and was owner of Hennessey’s Autobody in Fredonia. He changed careers going into the insurance business where he eventually became president of Mayville-Tremaine Inc. Insurance Agency in Fredonia. Jim was active with several organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Jaycees, Beaver Club and Kiwanis Club. He was a longtime active member of the Fredonia First United Methodist Church. Jim was a supporter and active with Habitat for Humanity and also coached Babe Ruth Baseball. He enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards, and especially spending time with his family.
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Jim is survived by: his wife, Nancy (Robertson) Hennessey, who he married in 1956; three children: Scott (Brenda) Hennessey, Gregory (Joy) Hennessey and Suzzane (Kevin) Voss; grandchildren: Sarah (Ron) Krzal, David (Brittany) Hennessey, Kendra (Chris) McLaughlin, Patrick Hennessey, Cameron Voss and Lucas Voss; great-grandchildren: Alexa and Carter Hennessey and Matthew Krzal; and two sisters: Kathy Hennessey and Patricia Hennessey Finson.
Besides his parents, Charles and Sara (Whidden) Hennessey, Jim is predeceased a
his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Wills and his brother, Robert Hennessey.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care and caregivers: Carol Arnold, Alicia Bantin, Kristine Gehling, Katie McCoy, Brenda Hennessey Jackie Witherell and Emily Panek.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Hennessey’s memory may be made to: Fredonia First United Methodist Church, 25 Church Street, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063, (fredoniafirst.org), Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, N.Y. 14750, (chpc.care), or Habitat for Humanity, 2 Academy Street, Mayville, NY 14757, (habitat.org)
A memorial service, at the Fredonia First United Methodist Church, will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 716-679-9000.