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COOPERSTOWN - Ward C. Fish Jr. of Cooperstown, peacefully passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
Ward "Jim" was the son of the late Dorothy (Sheridan) and Ward C. Fish Sr. of Richfield Springs. Jim was born on the family farm on March 7, 1938.
He met his "huggy bear," Merri Lynn Macomber, who predeceased him in 2011, at the Richfield Springs roller rink. They were married at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Springfield Center, in August of 1959. They called Fly Creek home for 35 years.
Jim worked locally before dedicating 19 years to Remington Arms' heat treat department, Ilion, until a disability caused an early retirement.
During his years in Fly Creek, Jim was an active member of the volunteer fire department, snowmobile club and often answered the call to help with the Fly Creek Methodist Church's events. Both Jim and Merri Lynn gave 19 years of service to the Fly Creek Historical Society, planning and preparing many community events.
Jim is survived by three sisters and two brothers-in-law, nieces and their families, Jean (Tony) Corso, Jean's daughter, Robin (Michael) Walrath and family; Arlene (David) Burnside and Lois Cursh and her daughters, Sonja and Alisha (Kilts) and her family.
Jim is also survived by five children, James (Karen), Merrie Sue (Skeet) Gardner, Timothy (Corinne), Elizabeth Kinsley (Brian Haig) and Thomas (Alicia); 11 grandchildren, Samuel Gardner (fiancé, Ann Marie Prespare), Jeanette Gardner, Eric, Loretta and Janet Fish (Frank Sterusky), Matthew Kinsley (fiancé, Willow Kogelschatz), Shelbi (Matthew) Tracey, Jacob Wallen, Parker and Amanda Fish, and Karson Fish; and seven great-grandchildren, Joshua and Owen Siver, Braydon Butler, Alex Dowd, Levi and Mia Tracey, and Frank Sterusky Jr.
Predeceased was his brother, Winston, in 2017.
Graveside services will be announced in May.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ward's name to the Activity Fund, Serenity Place, Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, formerly Focus Otsego, 128 Phoenix Mills Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Send online condolences at www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on February 15, 2018
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