Thomas James, 87, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2018. He was a graduate of Johnson City High School and Oswego State.
He served as a school administrator at Johnson City for over 30 years. Tom was president of the Johnson City Library Board, Rolling Greens Woodworking Club and the Southern Tier Sports Car Club. He was active in the Lions Club and Rotary Club and was a trustee of Sarah Jane Methodist Church. He enjoyed writing his weekly car column. Tom enjoyed fishing, photography, Indy racing, woodworking, model trains and watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Tom loved his summers at DeRuyter Lake and winters in Ocala, Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rae Jean Hazen James, daughters Renee James (John Murad) and Marcy Patterson. Grandchildren Leigh Anne and Courtney Patterson, Matthew, Bess and Patrick Murad. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Helene, his brother Bobby and his son-in-law Paul Patterson.
Calling Hours will be at Sarah Jane Johnson Methodist Church, 308 Main St., Johnson City, NY at 10:00AM on December 29, 2018 with services at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Watkins Glen Indy Car Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St. NY. 14891. Leave a condolence for the family on the Tribute Wall
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