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James Stacy

February 25, 2016
Westfield Republican

James E. Stacy, 92, of Whallon Street, Mayville, died peacefully at the Absolut of Westfield assisted living facility of Westfield, N.Y.

He was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Dayton, Ky., the son of the late John A. and Viola Munz Stacy, the last survivor of five siblings.

He was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII and following the war, continued his military service until 1984 as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve of the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

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James returned to his University of Cincinnati coursework following the war and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree. After a move from New Jersey, he became the Nestle's (Coffee Division) Territory Manager with sales supervision covering the states of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania for 13 years. In 1969, he became a Veterans' Employment Representative for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the Penn Avenue Offices in Pittsburgh, Pa., later transferring to the Connellsville, Pa., offices until his retirement.

James was a member of United Church of Christ where he was a Deacon, and once moved to New York state, he became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Westfield where he had been a Deacon and Elder at the church. He also was an active member of the Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post VFW in Mayville, a member of the Senior Citizens Group of Mayville, a member of the Chautauqua Choir for the Sacred Song Services as a bass voice, and was also a volunteer at the Westfield YWCA helping to teach reading skills to young adults.

His retirement years permitted more time to enjoy the family kitties, working on improvement projects around his home, mowing the lawn and working in the flower gardens with his wife. He also enjoyed boating and fishing for walleye and bass on his pontoon boat moored at the nearby Lake Chautauqua.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Clair (Smith) Stacy, whom he married June 24, 1950, in Pennington, N.J.; and one son, Richard, of Westfield.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, his twin John Stacy and Harrison Stacy; and two sisters, Margaret Kling, and Sara Louise McHarg.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Freay Funeral Home, Mayville, Monday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Westfield Cemetery following the memorial service.

The family will receive friends for an hour before the Memorial Service at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Dr. Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship Fund, established at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, or call 716-366-4892.

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