James Denison, 78, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at home with his family by his side. Jim was born October 29, 1938, the son of the late Tuthill (Ted) and Marion Edick Denison. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. On May 16, 1959 he was united in marriage with Marie Conley in Ilion.
Jim was employed with the maintenance department of Ilion Central School until his retirement. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, Ilion Fish & Game Club and a founding member of the Ilion Snowdrifters Club.
He was an avid car lover, especially his 1955 Ford Victoria. He loved attending car shows, camping, fishing and above all spending time with his family. He was known as Poppy to his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. There was no distance that would keep him from attending his grandchildren's activities, whether it be soccer, baseball, basketball or school field trips in Arizona; or an entire baseball or field hockey season in Connecticut. He was known as Poppy to the entire team and their families.
He was a master of all trades, there was nothing that could not be built or repaired by him. He was a truly talented individual and dedicated family man. Above all, he will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie, three daughters and sons in law, Cindy and Phil Thomas of Baldwinsville, Sandra (Renee) and Mike Critz of Enfield, CT and Patti and Dwayne Kertanis of Enfield, CT, five grandchildren Derek Hatfield, Matthew Hatfield and fiancé Chelsea Brooks, Lindsay Hatfield and fiancé Jesse Kettle, Timothy Kertanis and Emma Kertanis. Jim is also survived by his siblings, Carol Denison, Gordon and Gail Denison, Gary and Enola Denison all of Ilion, Ronald Denison of LA, and Keith Denison of AZ.; sister and brother in laws Janice and Wayne Murphy of Ilion, Jim and Judy Conley of Utica, Allan and Luci Conley of TX; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00AM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be in the spring in Armory Hill Cemetery, friends may call Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.
Our family wishes to acknowledge the care provided by the nursing and rehab staff at Valley Health Services. Their skill and compassion provided Jim the gift of returning to his home. We would also like to acknowledge the Hospice and Palliative Care team, especially Mary Ann and Lori.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY or Valley Health Services, 690 West German Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.
To light a candle and send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.con.