Saturday, February 7, 2015

James T. McNinch Sr.

Belmont, NY - James T. McNinch Sr. 98, of 44 Milton Street passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Manor Hills in Wellsville. He was born March 16, 1916 in Bayonne, NJ the son of Harry T. and Florence (Hall) McNinch.

Jim graduated from Belmont Central School and was the first Eagle Scout in Belmont. After graduating he became the chauffeur for the Thorton family in Wellsville. He loved playing baseball and was honored in the late 1980’s at Dreams Park in Cooperstown for being the sole survivor of the 1930’s Belmont Town Team. He briefly worked at the Department of Motor to help out his Dad. He was a long time dairy farmer. He began his career as a real estate broker with Leo Ludden Realty of Wellsville. He later owned and operated McNinch Realty in Belmont. He was the developer of McNinch Lane; a sub division in Belmont and he and his wife Arlene, maintained many apartments and houses county wide. He also owned and operated McNinch Pools in Belmont. He and Arlene loved to entertain friends and family at their home in Ft. Myers in Florida. He was the foundation of his loving family and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by one son, James (Mary Jo) McNinch of Belmont, two daughters, Gale (Andy) Hall- Walldorff of Atlanta, GA and Barbara (Jim) Fleischman of Belmont, one brother, Robert (Elizabeth) McNinch of Wellsville, 12 grandchildren, Chris (Lisa) McNinch of Branchport, Jeffery (Lindsey) McNinch of Belmont, Abby (Sam) Conzone of  Albany, Casey McNinch of Arizona, Mark (Yvonne) Fleischman of Germany, Erica (Emory) Fleischman-Roethel of Belmont, Stephen (Beth) Fleischman of Belmont, Nicholas (Michelle) Walldorff of Atlanta, GA, Rebecca Walldorff of Atlanta, GA, John (Shawna) Fullington of Colorado, Bridgette Fullington of Colorado and Josh (Karen) Shapiro of Brazil, 22 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Arlene, daughter, Priscilla, sisters, Mary Rhodes and Louise Morris and brothers, Louis, John and Harry McNinch II.
                                                                                                                                                                        Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Amity Rescue Squad or the Belmont Free Library. To leave online condolences, please visit 


  1. I do have fond memories of working on the McNinch Farm. 50 Cent an hour bringing in Hay. He very important to the development of Belmont and will be missed by All. Dan Ross

  2. Jim was one of the most interesting men I've ever known. It's rare to know someone almost 100 years old and I'll always cherish and love 'the man who shook the hand who shook the hand of Abraham Lincoln'. I'll always miss his laugh, stiff handshake and wonderful stories of Belmont and times past.