James L. McIntosh

James L. McIntosh, 92, of Ripley, N.Y., died June 12, 2019, at UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y. He was born at home in Sherman, N.Y., on Nov. 23, 1926, to the late Alonzo and Mildred (Hanson) McIntosh.

He was a veteran of World War II in the European Theater from 1944-46, where he earned the rank of sergeant with the 14th Liason Squadron 3539th AAf at Langley Field. He was a clerk typist and pay master.

During his lifetime, Jim was a dairy and grape farmer in Findley Lake, South Ripley and Ripley, N.Y. He owned McGerl’s Tavern and McIntosh Trucking in Ripley, and worked as a heavy equipment operator. From 1964-76, Jim was school bus driver for the Ripley School district.

Jim was very active in the community. He was a member of of the American Legion, commander of the Veterens of Foreigh Wars 6764 in Westfield, N.Y., the Grand Noble Knight of the Odd Fellows, the Loyal Order of the Moose, the Ripley Rod and Gun Club, and a police officer for the Ripley community during the 1960s and 1970s. He also umpired softball and baseball games and enjoyed square dancing, fishing and hunting.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon (Hammond) McIntosh and his son, Robert (Nancy) McIntosh, both of Ripley, N.Y.; his stepson, Kelly (Doreen) Hammond of Ellery Center, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Jean (Mosier) McIntosh; his son, Harry McIntosh; and his sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Robert Finn.

Jim’s funeral service officiated by the Rev. Gary Nutt will he held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at noon in the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley. Relative and friends are invited to attend the service and may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A full military service in Jim’s honor will be held at 1 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Michael R. Fantauzzi, director.