James E. Booth, of Hornell

HORNELL-James E. Booth, 78, of Yankee Lane, passed away Monday (March 9, 2020) at St James Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in North Hornell, February 5, 1942, the son of Claude and Ruth Lockwood Booth, he had resided in Canisteo during his early life. He was a graduate of Canisteo Central School, Class of 1960, and attended Parkville College in Missouri. Jim was a beloved, and cherished husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather- as well as a friend to everyone he met. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Cindy, and was a devoted husband for nearly 60 years. He fought a selfless, heroic battle against Parkinson disease and diabetes with his wife and family by his side. Jim inspired many, even through his hardest days, and was always a joy to others around him. Jim cultivated a professional career spanning 40 years as a well – respected executive within the paint industry, recognized and adored by many. However, he made it his life work to hold family and his faith as the highest priority. Jim and Cindy were active members in their church, wherever life took them, and had resided in several parts of the country. Jim was a civic minded community leader within organizations across the country like the JayCees, Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Board of Education amongst many others. While in Kentucky, he was chosen by the Governor to be an “Honorary Kentucky Colonel”. Some of his favorite hobbies included his true passion for fishing, poetry, song writing, games with the family, telling stories, and making people laugh. Jim served in multiple capacities within the Presbyterian Church, with the many different communities in which he resided. He leaves behind an amazing legacy, especially his love of Vermont, which he adored and passed down to many generations

He is survived by his wife; Cynthia Booth of Hornell, his daughters; Pamela Booth of Florida, and Marcy (Mace) Koury of Connecticut, his son, James A. Booth(Susan Lemmon) of Hornell, his sisters; Joyce Venter of Canisteo, Valerie (Robert) Nixon of Canisteo and Lori Booth of Virginia, his brother; Thomas (Candice) Booth of Canisteo, his grandchildren; Amber (Mike) Levinson of Alaska, Ian Fernandez of Virginia, Erika Koury, Dylan Koury and Kyle Koury all of Connecticut, one great granddaughter; Chloe Levinson. He is also survived by sisters-in-law; Suzanne (Mike) Palmesano, Judith Allen and Isobel Booth, and countless nieces and nehews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother; William Booth, his grand daughter; Sarah Koury, and his brothers-in-laws; Steve Venter and Richard Allen

The family will be present to receive friends at the Hornell United Methodist Church, Webbs Crossing Road in Hornell on Friday (March 13, 2020) from Noon until 3 PM at which time a funeral service will be held with Rev. Lenny Fuller Officiating.

To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook@brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Hornell.

Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to: JDRF ( Juvenile Diabetes Foundation) 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281 (JDRF.Org) . the National Parkinsons Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131(Parkinson.Org.) or to the Booth Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Thomas Booth, 2031 Square Woods Drive, Canisteo, NY 14823.