Jim was born in Wellsville, NY on March 20, 1963. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the age of 59. He has battled prostate cancer for the past 3 years with the same effort and determination that he put into everything he achieved in his short but full life.
Jim graduated in 1981 from Wellsville High School where he met his wife, Wendy (Talbett) Stevens. He then graduated in 1984 from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) with a BS in Medical Technology. After graduating, Jim worked at Oswego Hospital for a year. In 1986 he moved to Fairport to work at Rochester General Hospital for several years. He then pursued a career in various roles at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics that spanned over 30 years. He retired there in October 2020.
Jim was constantly on the move and active. He’s done it all, from swimming, skiing, hunting, windsurfing, mountain biking, running, hockey, road cycling, including century-old bike rides such as the Highlander and the Gran Fondo, and charity rides such as the Tour de Cure, as well as training and participation. in triathlons including several Ironman. He followed the Buffalo Bills and Sabers avidly.
Jim was devoted to his family and enjoyed camping, coaching youth sports, traveling, grilling and visiting craft breweries. It has always been the life of the party.
Jim is predeceased by his older brother Jay, his nephew Mikey and his stepfather Wesley Talbett. Jim knew he was loved and appreciated by many and will be sadly missed by his survivors: his wife of 34 years, Wendy; sons James (Lindsey) and Thomas (Jessica); grandson Owen; his parents James and Nancy; sisters Amy (Ros) Gowdy and Janice Stevens (Greg Ashworth); stepmother Sally Talbett; sisters-in-law Margie Brown, Kristi (Pete) Hamann, Kathy Bennett and Jennifer (Scott) McClelland; several cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as many friends and colleagues.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to all the staff who cared for Jim at UR Medicine Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Interventional Radiology, Infusion Center, Palliative Care, Chronic Pain, Urology and 5e floor of the Wilmont Cancer Center.
There will be no calling hours. The engagement will be private at the convenience of the family. He’d rather you toast him with a pint of beer at your favorite local brewery and share fond memories.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to either the Prostate Cancer Foundation which has a 1-on-1 match through the end of the year, UR Medicine’s Wilmont Cancer Institute, UR Medicine Hospice or the American Diabetes Association. .