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807 West Chestnut Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone: 315-337-0055
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James Mitchell

James A. "Jim" Mitchell

Saturday, October 15th, 1949 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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James (Jimmy) A. Mitchell, Sr., age 69, of Old Forge and formerly of Westmoreland, passed away on February 16, 2019.

He was born October 15, 1949, in Utica, a son of the late Claude and Winifred Lawrence Mitchell, and graduated from Oriskany Central School where he excelled in all sports and received the Athlete of the Year Award. James was united in marriage to the former Debra Rieben, on June 19, 1971, in St. Paul’s Church in Whitesboro. He formerly worked for Buck Construction Inc., Rome Cable Corp. and retired from Westmoreland Central School District in 2011.

Jim and Debbie fulfilled their lifelong dream of retiring in the Adirondacks on 4th Lake in Old Forge at their year round camp that they purchased back in 1979. This was where they and their children frequently gathered to spend time together. In the later years, they shared their love of the Adirondacks with their grandchildren. He loved his family with all of his heart. His quick wit, unique sense of humor and love for cooking, especially on the Weber, will be sorely missed. Jim's love of the Adirondack outdoors was evident as shown by his passion for boating in the Mariah, his love of snowmobiling, campfires and many more outdoor activities with his family and friends.

James is survived by his loving wife, Debbie; a daughter and son in law, Jolene and Benjamin Kittle; a son, James A. Mitchell, Jr. and Elizabeth Dlugosz; two brothers, Thomas Mitchell and Daniel Mitchell; and grandchildren, Maggie Mitchell and Benjamin Kittle. He was predeceased by a brother, Nelson Mitchell.

The Mitchell family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at St. Luke's Hospital.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 4:00 PM, at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 West Chestnut Street. Burial will be in the spring in Westmoreland Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 PM, prior to the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department or the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Barry Funeral Home
    807 W. Chestnut Street
    Rome, New York
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 4:00pm
    Barry Funeral Home
    807 W. Chestnut Street
    Rome, New York
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    Kevin T. Barry
  • Interment

    Westmoreland Cemetery
    East Main Street
    Westmoreland, NY 13490
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Cheryl Patterson

Posted at 08:17am
My sincere sympathy in the passing of Jim to Debbie and Jim Jr, Jolene and all family members .Jim sure will be missed .Cheryl Patterson

The Cicero Fire Department

Posted at 12:01pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jordan LaVine and Family

Posted at 10:46am
We will miss you Jim and we express our sincere condolences to Debbie, Jimmy, Jolene, and their families. While only your part time neighbor, we always appreciated your unique wit and generosity. Whether it was lending a drill bit or battery charger, or just having some conversation in the driveway, we will treasure the moments we had with you in one the beautiful places in the world. Your love for your family and for the Adirondacks was always clearly evident. Rest in peace Jim.

Kirk Baldwin

Posted at 09:13pm
Deb and I were so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a wonderful person who was always there to help us in anyway he could. I so enjoyed his company while he was at Westmoreland. I remember many times just sitting and talking with him after a concert or show about things. He was just a great guy. Debbie, we are so sorry and please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Kirk and Debbie Baldwin

Tom Mitchell

Posted at 08:27pm
I am so sorry about Jim, Deb Your loving brother in-law Tommy

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