James J. Bush

James J. “Jim” Bush- 89- passed away April 12, 2022, at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Stuart, FL.

Born March 18, 1933, in Silver Springs, NY, to Arthur and Anna Bush.  Jim was the youngest of 11 children and was raised on the family farm.

Jim was a master mechanic in the Operating Engineers Union for many years working all over NY State.   He later moved to Florida but continued to work in the construction business.

On May 1, 1954, he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Leven, from Dansville, NY.   They moved to Warsaw, NY, and later Rochester to raise 7 children: Cynthia, Janet, James Jr., Catherine, Donald, Michael and Edward.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, playing cards, and an occasional trip to the Casino.  He was known in his family as the maker of the best hot fudge ever!!   He kept his recipe a secret until he was in his 80s.   Now his great-granddaughters, Ellasyn and Kyla, have mastered the recipe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; his sons James Jr. and Michael.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers; 5 sisters; and his beloved 4-legged friend, Terry.

Surviving are his children, Cynthia (Greg) Nelson of Dansville, Janet (Joseph) McMichael of Alfred Station, Catherine (Docker) Reaney of Stuart, FL, Donald of Boca Raton, FL and Edward of Wilton Manors, FL; 7 grandchildren, Kim (Byron) Ellsworth of Bath, Debra (Brad) Cannon of Andover, Thomas McMichael of Alfred Station, Nicole VanNorman of Almond, NY, Andrew (Ashley) Nelson of Bradford, OH, Erica Nelson of Rochester, NY and Cameron Bush of Boca Raton, FL; 8 great-grandchildren, Brianna Marvin of Corning, Brynn Ellsworth of Bath,  Dylan, Ellasyn, and Kyla Cannon, all of Andover, Kaidyn VanNorman of Almond, Matthew Nelson and Ayden Weinstock of Bradford, OH; his sister-in-law, Ann Bush of Rochester, brother-in-law, James Gillen of Warsaw, NY, and several nieces and nephews.

The family of James J. Bush will receive friends Saturday, August 6th, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Noon) at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 12:00 Noon with Deacon Bob McCormick officiating.   There will be a “Celebration of Life” luncheon immediately following at the Arkport American Legion, 1 Carter St., Arkport, NY.

Jim’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com

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