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James C. Cleveland

Funeral services for James C. Cleveland, age 87, of Harrisville, NY, will be held on Tuesday, March 13,2018, at 11:00AM at the the Harrisville Christian Church with Pastor Mike Gault officiating. Burial will be in the Harrisville Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Frary Funeral Home in Harrisville from 2:00PM to 4:00PM and 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Mr. Cleveland passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018 at the Hospice House of Jefferson County with his son Scott and daughter-in-law Marcia by his side.

Jim is survived by four children, his son Scott Cleveland and his wife Marcia, of Gouverneur; Jennifer Bouya and her husband Ray, of Apple Valley, CA, Michael Cleveland, of Watertown, NY, Cynette Cheal, of Roanoke, VA; three sisters, Arlene Shaw, of Apple Valley, CA, Leta Mantle, Harrisville, NY, Carol Ryan, Pitcairn, NY; one brother-in-law, Floyd Layboult, of Richville, NY; one sister-in-law, Esther Cleveland, of Hermon, NY; several grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a grandpuppy, Reagan.  Jim was predeceased by wife, MaryLee; five brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Wesley, Kenneth Dale, and Dale Francis Cleveland; three sisters, Irene Layboult, Leta Ruth, and Joyce Cleveland.

Jim was born on January 27, 1931 in the town of Pitcairn, NY, the son of Clarence Cleveland and Lavisa LaVancha Cleveland.  He attended Harrisville Central School and eventually went to work on the family farm. He married MaryLee Sayer on June 15, 1957 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur, NY with Rev. Merritt W. Updyke officiating.  After leaving the family farm, he went into business for himself driving pulp truck which he enjoyed very much.  One of the biggest joys of Jim’s life was his work at Harrisville Central School District where he worked for over 22 years, becoming the Head Bus Driver before retiring in 1978.

When Jim wasn’t working, he enjoyed sitting on his porch underneath his maple trees telling stories.  He loved the all the kids at school and was very passionate about his work at the school where he was respected by many. He loved to go for rides through the back roads with his son Scott and their dogs, telling stories from when he was a young man.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department, 14226 Church St., Harrisville, New York 13648.


  • HARVEY AND MARY LAVANCHA Posted March 10, 2018 6:07 PM


  • Your DOCCS Family at Gouverneur Corr. Facility Posted March 10, 2018 6:22 PM

    Our hearts our with you. So very sorry for the loss of your dad.

  • Vicki Meyer Posted March 11, 2018 5:59 AM

    Jim will be missed by many at Lewis Co. Office for the Aging. He loved to tell tales of his bus driving days. On the occasions that he could attend the site at Harris Courts there was always someone he knew and they would chat away over lunch. He held a special place in all our hearts.

  • Heidi Kilbourn Posted March 11, 2018 7:54 AM

    So sorry to hear about this Scott ☹️, he will be missed! Prayers And thoughts to the family

  • Jim Seymour Posted March 11, 2018 2:23 PM

    So sorry to hear of this. Jim always had a smile and a friendly wave hello.

  • larry lavancha Posted March 11, 2018 2:55 PM

    sorry for your loss from larry and rene lavancha

  • Tami LaRose Posted March 11, 2018 3:02 PM

    Sending prayers and peace your way during this difficult time. May God help ease the pain and grief Cleve and Marcia and family. All my love, Tami LaRose

  • Jamie and Joe Posted March 11, 2018 7:04 PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss Scott, Marcia and family. Our hearts go out to you. It’s hard to lose a parent. Hold the memories dear.

  • Angelia Fowler Posted March 12, 2018 4:31 AM

    Sorry for your loss. Although I had not seen your dad in a few years I enjoyed his visits when I ran into him. He never forgot who I was and always greeted me with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Carl Pierce and Karen Pierce Posted March 12, 2018 6:02 PM

    Sorry for your loss, I will miss seeing him in the bank or post office and hearing his stories. He transported lots of children to and from school and school events and he took a lot of pride doing it. He is still telling stories ,sorry for our loss

  • the messina family Posted March 13, 2018 6:30 AM

    to the family of james Cleveland I am so sorry for your loss prayers and thoughts are you all at this time rob messina

  • Kathie Rahman Posted March 13, 2018 11:36 PM

    It’s been a sad day for many, since Friday. Sorry for all of us. What can I say. Sure will miss my go to guys to run my feeling by him. No words to say, How much he will be missed by many. Love to all my family.

    • Scott and Marcia Cleveland Posted March 17, 2018 9:49 PM

      He always looked forward to your calls. He would always tell me when you called him. He loved you Kathie!

  • Scott and Marcia Cleveland Posted March 17, 2018 9:48 PM

    I just wanted to thank everyone for keeping my dad and our family in your thoughts and prayers. God bless the other families grieving the lost of their loved ones.

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