OVID - James "Jimmy" Timothy Clair, 90, passed away suddenly on Sunday (January 1, 2017).
The family will celebrate his life at 11 a.m. on Saturday (January 7, 2017) at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid, officiated by Fr. Bernard Maloney of Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish. If friends wish to remember Jimmy, please observe a moment of prayer and remembrance at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jimmy's memory to your local food pantry.
Jimmy was born in Ovid, on October 3, 1926, a son of the late Timothy and Catherine McKenna Clair. Jimmy was a graduate of Ovid High School and proudly served his country in the US Army Corps, from 1945 to 1946. He had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, where he worked as a recreational therapy aide. In his retirement, he and wife, Korky, wintered in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. For Jimmy, there were no strangers, only friends he hadn't met yet. He enjoyed taking his family on rides in the country, checking on fields, crops and wildlife. He would often remind his loved ones to, "thank The Guy upstairs for a wonderful life". He was extremely proud of his family. Stay loose, Dad.
He is survived by his children Scott (Debi) Clair, of Fairport, N.Y., Brian (Sharon) Clair, of Indiantown, S.C., Kristin (Ed) Matthews, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Karla (Charlie) Lewis, of Vestal, N.Y.; his grandchildren Ryan (Aly) Clair, Shaun (Jen) Clair, Michael (Ellen Howard) Clair, Cameron Clair, Erik (Deirdre) Matthews, Morgan (Jon Luke) Matthews, Kara (John) Ford, Lara (Ted) McGrath; great-grandchildren Carter, Tyler and Norah Clair, Adisen and Emma Luke and James Ford; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Korky, in 2001; by his siblings William Clair, Mary Rose Corcoran, Alice Hoppy and Dorothy Riley.
For additional information, please contact Covert Funeral Home at 1-877-828-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com.