In June 1982, Jim retired from SUCO as Chairman of the Education Department. Following his retirement he worked with Nancy in her business, Oneonta Travel Agency, and they enjoyed many years of leading tour groups all around the world and theater weekends to New York City.
Jim’s lifelong passion for golf began when he worked summers as a caddy on Cape Cod. He was a member of the Oneonta Country Club for more than 50 years and was named an honorary lifetime member. He won country club championships in Oneonta, Indonesia and Brazil and golfed on famous courses worldwide. A highlight of each golf season was playing in the Oneonta Country Club member-guest tournament for 25 years (until age 90) with his son, Jimmy. Jim continued to golf until the age of 94 and was known for his fairway accuracy and short game around the green.
In retirement, Jim and Nancy split their time between Stuart, Fla., and Oneonta until returning to Oneonta in the fall of 2010. As a resident of The Plains at Parish Homestead, Jim especially enjoyed playing bridge and participating in Wii bowling. He was also an avid reader and sports fan.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at The Plains for their wonderful support and the warm community they provide. They would also like to thank Maria McAdams, LPN, for her devoted friendship and care during Jim’s years at The Plains.
Jim is survived by his four children, Susan Livingston of Otego and her husband, Royce also of Otego, Dawn (John) Knutson of Schenectady, Jimmy (James) A. (Madeline) Sampson of Fairmont, W.Va., and Letty (Ronald) Shaw of Oneonta; 10 grandchildren, Kelly (Larry) Brown, Sarah Livingston, James Livingston, Lia Miller Spicer (Johnnie Spicer), Larissa Miller, Valerie Miller, Jonathan Sampson, Joel Sampson, Jason Sampson, and Leann Kerr (Steven) ; three great-grandchildren, Ryley Brown, Noah Spicer and Noemi Spicer; one sister-in-law, Helen (Adams) Hatch; as well as several nieces and nephews.