|James D. Piatt
ARKPORT – James D. Piatt died peacefully on Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) at the age of 89.
Survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Catherine; two daughters Cathy (Dan) Baschmann and Susan Acciari; five sons James Jr. (Colleen), Steven (Mercedes), David (Jennifer), Robert (Anna Marie), and William (Suzanne); one brother Dean (Carol) Piatt; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he dearly loves.
Preceded in death by his parents Donavan E. and Leah (James) Piatt; two sisters Barbara (Herbert) Jennings, Dorothy (William) Farnsworth, one brother Bernard J. (Marguerite) Piatt, and son in law Ron Acciari.
Born March 4, 1929 in Angelica, he moved to Arkport with his family in July of 1940 where he has since lived, except for his four years in the Navy serving on board a naval troop ship as a hospital corpsman. Much of his military service was spent in the Pacific during the Korean conflict. Returning home to Arkport with his wife Edith and daughter Cathy, he attended Alfred State College. Upon completing college, he began work with the New York State Department of Transportation and retired after 31 years of public service as a highway engineer.
James served the community as a Scoutmaster, PTA President, volunteer fireman, Chairman of the Board of Assessment Review, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Sunday School Superintendent, and various church boards as a member of the Arkport Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Arkport American Legion, Arkport Exchange Club, and the Arkport Cemetery Association.
Among his loves was camping with his family, bowling, square dancing with the Buds and Blossoms, round dancing, and golf. He also very much enjoyed any excuse to gather his family together.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Jim’s Life at 4 p.m. at the Arkport Presbyterian Church in Arkport.
Jim’s family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., P.O. Box 6, Arkport, N.Y. 14807 or to a charity of donor’s choice.
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