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James R. Shannon Sr.

Born: Tue., Aug. 25, 1953
Died: Sun., May 17, 2020


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James R. Shannon Sr., 66, of McConnellsville, NY, passed away May 17, 2020 at the Abraham House, Rome, NY after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 25, 1953 at Rome Hospital, a son of John P. and Phyllis D. Shannon. A graduate of Camden High School, he went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1971-1975. He was united in marriage on July 28, 1973, to Cathy J. Closs. He was employed by Rome Cable Inc. from 1975-1986, and Camden Wire Inc. from 1987-2019. He entered into sobriety in May of 1988 and had been sober for 32 years.

     Those who knew Jim knew that he was a hard worker. He dedicated his life to providing for his family, whom he loved dearly. He was a lover of classic rock and oldies rock and roll. His daughter Kelly would sometimes come downstairs in the middle of the night and catch him playing air guitar to the music channel on TV. He enjoyed attending his grandsons sporting events and school awards, riding his motorcycle, gardening/lawn care, hunting with the family especially the Thanksgiving hunt with Mike, his grandsons, and the Closs boys. He was very active in his AA group, whom the members became family to him, especially his sponsor. His wife, children, and grandchildren were the loves of his life.

     When he was first diagnosed, he actually beat cancer and was given a clean bill of health. In celebration of that feat, he decided to buy himself a new motorcycle and finally take some time for himself to enjoy life. Sadly, his cancer returned a short time later, this time the prognosis wasn’t good. His only wish was to stay in his daughter Kelly’s home with his wife, and their kids and grandkids. There, he received wonderful, loving care from his daughter Kelly, son Jimmy, his grandson Gagie, and his niece Jessica Graham.

     He spent his last days with those he held near and dear to his heart: friends Mike and Maryanne Fountain, whom he lovingly referred to as maid Maryanne and Saint Michael, Mitch and Deb Evans, Missy and Willy Rutz, Al Gilsenan and his significant other B.C., Steve & Carol Smith, Steve Davis, Jim Sampson, and Mike Philpott. His nephew Jeremy organized a motorcycle ride, and in honor of Jim, Mike Philpott led the rally of bikers (100+) on Jim’s motorcycle. This ride will be held annually in Jim’s honor. He looked forward to daily visits from brother John and sister in law Jan (who would read to him from his AA book), Leslie Williams, favorite niece Jenny and her son Talon (‘Tailbone’), Ferlo’s donut deliveries from nephew Rudy, dinner deliveries from Shorty’s deli by nephew and niece Hal & Heather, brother in law Harry & Marlene, sisters Becky and Cyndi, calls from sister Kathleen and brother Michael, special deliveries and signs in the window from nephew Josh, Shannon, and Phelan. He loved long car rides with his son in law Mike- sometimes it was the only thing that could relax him. At night when things got quiet, he enjoyed watching TV with his daughter ‘Kell-bell’. They loved Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, but Kelly enjoyed and made him watch Naked and Afraid. His favorite movies were Crossroads with Jamie Gertz and the Irishmen.

     He is survived by his wife, Cathy, daughter Kelly (Michael) West, son James Richard Jr., his “bestest” buddies 1, 2, and 3- his grandsons Gage Richard, Dakota William, Ryeland Michael, Jonesy West and special “grand-daughter” Delaney Alberico, two brothers, Michael (Judy) Shannon, Florida, John (Janet) Shannon, McConnellsville, three sisters, Kathleen (Johnathan) Kelley, Maine, Rebecca Mahle, and Cynthia Torres both of Rome, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both of his parents, sister Patricia, sister Sharron, and her son (his nephew) Patrick Burgess.

     The family would like to thank Rome Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and ICU, Dr. Sikder, Deb Iselo, N.P, and staff at Slocum Dickson, his favorite nurse, Sarah on the 6th floor at St. Luke’s, his Nurse Practitioner, Jessica Donaldson, Hospice and Palliative Care, and angels in disguise, Cindy, Ann, Sandy, Pam, Marissa and all of his caregivers at Abraham House.

     Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral arrangements under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY are private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Abraham House (Washington Street, Rome, NY) are greatly appreciated.

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Walt & Janet Mulvaney
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
I grew up with the Shannon kids, in McConnellsville, back in the “good ole days”. Being raised at a time when playing outside with one’s neighbors was the high lite of our day. I have so many happy memories of time spent with the Shannon’s!!!
I am so sorry your family has lost Jim, Patty and Sharon. I’m sure they heard “Dad’s whistle” and are united in Heaven.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Walt and Janet (Hiltbrand) MulvaneyJa

Regina Delles
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
So sorry to hear about Jim's passing, I worked with him at the mill that's how I got to know Jim he was funny and fun to be around. He sure is going to be missed. Saddened my heart to find out he was sick with cancer. Again so sorry

Valerie Muscarella/Shaw
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Words can't express my Graditude for this man. GRADITUDE was his favorite topic in meetings.
Jim was always there for me when I needed help. Would welcome we back when I couldn't stay sober. Because of Jim and a few others in the A.A. program I have maintained my sobriety. Jim has helped many people and without even knowing he has helped others. In A.A. there is no death, Jim will always be alive in my heart and of many others. His power and love will be always remembered. Prayers and Hugs to his entire family and all his friends.

Bonnie L Burgy
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
To Jim's family my sympathy. My brother and I grew up with the Shannon family and were good friends. I am so sorry to hear about Jim and I am sending prayers to the family. Hoping all remember the happy times to help you get through this. God Bless you all.

Lorie Russo
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
I did not know Jim well, but chatted with him often at work. I enjoyed his upbeat attitude and ever-present sense of humor. Our common bond was our love of spending time with friends and family and riding motorcycles. I will truly miss him as he always brought a smile to my face whenever I saw him. My condolences to his loved ones. Someone with such an engaging personality can't help but leave a huge hole in your hearts. Deepest sympathy, Lorie Russo

Michael and Judy Shannon
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
We'll miss you and think of you often. You are finally at peace an at the big dining room table with dad, mom, Pat, Sharron and nephew Patrick.
You have left behind many friends and neighbors who will always have you in their thoughts and prayers.
May the good Lord grant you eternal peace with Fair Winds and Following Seas.
WE love you Jimmy

Betty Bruggeman
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
I was sorry to read of Jim's passing. I worked with him at the wire mill. He was a great person. Always willing to help. He was a wonderful co-worker. He will be missed by many.

Thomas Whitham
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
It's with great sadness to learn of Jim's passing. I worked with Jim for years at the mill. We had some good times even though we were supposed to be working. Rest in peace, Jim.

Barb and Ron Crist
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Jamie from the good old days when we would chase each other around the playground in McConnellsville.

Miriam Smith Parmelee
   Posted Sat May 23, 2020
My sympathy. While checking the funeral home website for a cousin of my father, Jane Curtiss Watkin, I discovered this listing. I graduated from Camden High School with John Shannon and Cathy Closs and my Mom was Jane Smith, one of the Camden middle school science teachers. These are hard times making it even more difficult to loose someone. Please know that my thoughts and wishes are with you.

Patrick Corcoran
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
To the Shannon Family, especially Cathy, John and Kathy...I want to express my condolences for the passing of Jim. What I remember most about Jim was his laugh and his constant smile. Sounds like Jim fought a courageous battle right up until the end. That was Jim...never give up and enjoying life! RIP Jim.

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