Monday, July 4, 2016

Obituary: James K. Webb Jr., 75, Bolivar

BOLIVAR — James K. Webb Jr., 75, a U.S. Army veteran, environmental conservation officer, beloved father, avid outdoorsman, Steeler Nation member and trusted friend, passed away Saturday (July 2, 2016) in Cuba Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 2, 1940, in Buffalo, a son of James K. and Jean McKenna Webb Sr. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1958 to 1961 as an airborne infantryman in Germany. He also worked as a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officer for 33 years and served on the security detail for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Jim retired in 1997 and further served the community as a ski instructor for Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. He was a mentor/coach, teaching handicapped children to ski. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Barbara Webb of Bolivar; two daughters, Kelly (Robert) Ingalls of Bolivar and Erin (Michael) Kearns of Buffalo; one son, U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Mark J. (Natasa) Webb of Mooresville, N.C.; six grandchildren, Jordan, Kyle and Brad Ingalls, McKenna Kearns, Ryan Taylor and Cole Alexander Webb; one sister, Diane Webb Alba of Buffalo; and one brother, Cornelius Webb of Buffalo. The deceased requested no observation or funeral service, electing instead for a family internal day of celebration of the way our father lived. “What cancer cannot do: Cancer is so limited … It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot dissolve faith. It cannot destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot suppress memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot steal eternal life. It will never conquer our family spirit.” Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road, North Rochester, NY 14609-5896; or Kenyon Andrus Post 772 American Legion, 387 Main St., Bolivar, NY 14715. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.