BATH, NY.; James B. VanVliete born February 8, 1943 passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on December 28, 2017.

BATH, NY.; James B. VanVliete born February 8, 1943 passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on December 28, 2017. He was the son of the late Lawrence and Fredericka VanVliete.

He is survived by his Best friend and dearly loved wife Teri (Stuart) VanVliete of Bath, NY., three children Shaun (Diana) O’Dell  of Orlando, Florida, Shannon (Brent) Hawk of York, NY., Sharla (Ezra) Yarnell of Corning, NY., his five grandchildren Delaney and Donovan O’Dell, Ethan, Ella and Eli Yarnell. He is also survived by his sister Harriette (Charles) Potter of Penn Yan, NY., a brother Frederick (Randi) VanVliete of Bath, NY., sister Jacqueline (Jim) Robinson of Penn Yan, NY., asa well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his 99 year old mother-in-law Gertrude Stuart Goodrich.

Jim graduated from Savona Central School in 1963, he served in the US Air Force in 1964.  He was honorably discharged after serving two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He attended Corning Community College and upon his discharge from military service attended Millersville University in Millersville, PA. Being unable to continue at Millersville due to Vietnam Veteran chastisement, he went into Apartment management at Manor House Apartments in Lancaster, PA and helped build and later managed Springetts Manor in York, PA and then Cold Springs Apartments in Manchester, PA. He worked at Wolf Supply in Manchester before deciding to return home to Hammondsport, NY and later moving to Bath, NY. He operated The Hitching Post Restoration in Hammondsport before working at Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath, NY where he worked for 19 years. Co-workers will recall his easy manner and friendship. After retirement he volunteered at the Steuben County SPCA now known as the Finger Lakes SPCA. Everyone who knew Jim knew his love for animals especially his fondness for his Pembroke Welch Corgi’s and his Cockapoo, Matilda. Matilda was able to visit while he was at the VA Hospice Unit making friends with nurses, NA’s and was a joy to many who lived and worked there.

Jim was a Special man; smart, kind, humble, generous and above all; Loving. He will be dearly missed.

Jim’s Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Friday January 26, 2018 with The Very Reverend J. Brad Benson Officiating.

In liue of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron Street, Bath, NY 14810 or (www.fingerlakesspca.org).

Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.