James Thompson

Obituary of James Thompson

James Peter Thompson, 91, of Falconer, NY passed away from this life on January 18, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.

James was born to Danish immigrants, Peter and Johanna Thompson, on March 16, 1926 in Freeborn, Minnesota. James was a Falconer area resident from the age of 2. He was a 1944 graduate of Falconer High School. He married his sweetheart Joanne Weller on May 12, 1951 to whom he was married to for 50 years before her passing in 2001.

James retired as a supervisor from the former Dowcraft Corp in 1989. He owned and operated the Falconer Drive-In Theater from 1955-1970 along with his brother Magnus Thompson. He was a member of the Chautauqua Squares with his wife Joanne. He was an avid lover of high school sports and frequently attended various sporting events throughout Chautauqua County. James lived a very active lifestyle always walking throughout his woods enjoying the beauty of nature in his backyard. He loved his family more than anything and left behind a legacy of traditions. He will be greatly missed by his family.

He leaves behind his son Ritchie (Sue) Thompson of Falconer, NY; two daughters: Candy (Dennis) Stufflebeam of Monroe, NC and Bonnie (Devin) Spencer of Glens Falls, NY; eight grandchildren: Darin (Nicole) Thompson of Apex, NC, Mike (Julie) Thompson of Scio, NY, James (Meghan) Thompson of Des Plaines, IL, Stephanie (Adam) Walton of Clay, NY, Jessica (Jordan) Hymas of Springville, UT, Ashleigh (Mike) Pilotte of Monroe, NC, Ryan (Nicole) Spencer of Madison, WI, Alicia (Vince) Schunk of Mechanicville, NY and sixteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Johanna Thompson; his wife Joanne Weller Thompson; brothers: Gilbert, Signart, Magnus and Floyd Thompson and a sister Katherine Wypcha McDow, grandson Austin Stufflebeam and great granddaughter Carmen Hymas.

A special thanks to those from Hospice who assisted in his car for the past 7 months.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 851 Forest Ave., Jamestown. Bishop Keith Fairbanks will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Falconer Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Monday in the church.

Memorials may be donated to the Falconer Public Library, 101 W. Main St., Falconer, NY 14733 or Chautauqua County Hospice, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.