James “Jim” N. Holton, 84, of Cassadaga, NY, passed away on Friday, July 10th, 2020, at home. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary L. (Bernard) Holton, of Cassadaga, NY; his daughter Mary “Cathy” (Holton) and spouse Christopher Robare of Winchester, VA; his son James D. Holton and partner Cindy LeBlanc of Ambler, PA; grandchildren Susan, Helen and Andrew Robare, and many beloved in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Carrie V. (Wilcox) and Damon D. Holton and his brother, John D. “Jack” Holton.
A graduate of Norristown Area High School, PA, Jim received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan. Following two years of service in the United States Marine Corps, he studied at Union Theological Seminary, NY, and received Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in educational administration from Columbia University, NY.
He spent 32 years in public education as a high school English teacher, guidance counselor, State Department of Education Employee (NJ), and Superintendent of Schools. He worked in Westhampton Beach, NY, Bayonne and Trenton, NJ; Radnor and Kennett Square, PA; and, following his return to his hometown, he became Superintendent of Schools in Norristown, PA, for 10 years.
Upon his retirement from public school administration he became Executive Director for the Montgomery County Medical Society, PA, for 7 years, and then Executive Director of Indian Valley Opportunity Center, a Social Service Agency in Souderton, PA, for 7 years.
Jim and his wife moved to Mary’s hometown, Cassadaga, NY, in 2010. A lifelong musician, he was involved in several Chautauqua-area and Buffalo musical organizations. Both Jim and Mary were deeply involved for over six decades in the New England Music Camp, ME, (where they first met) as campers, counselors, faculty, camp Directors and members of the Corporation.
All of his life, Jim cared deeply about social causes and the people in his communities. A member of numerous Episcopal churches, he served on organizational boards too many to list, most recently as President for the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga and the Rotary Club of Dunkirk-Fredonia.
Local friends and family are invited to pay their respects in a Covid19 appropriate drive-by in cars or
boats on Wednesday, July 15, between 1-3 p.m., at the family residence, 182 Dale Drive, Cassadaga, N.Y. Please plan to wear masks and expect to keep extra social distance from the family. Thank you for
your understanding at this difficult time. A private family graveside service, with full military honors, will be held sometime later in August.
Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation; New England Music Camp, Sidney, ME; or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 716-679-9000