Saturday, May 23, 2015

James “Jim” Holbrook

Wellsville, NY - James “Jim” Holbrook, age 86, of South Highland Avenue passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Cortland Park Nursing Home in Cortland. He was born on September 27, 1928 in Marysville, Ohio to Norman J. and Ruth Moore Holbrook. On August 20, 1955 he married Joyce McClurg who predeceased him on March 30, 2005.

Jim was a long time resident of the Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1947. He worked for his father at McGinnis and Holbrook Oldsmobile on South Main Street and joined the US Army in 1950 and served until 1952 in the 82 Airborne Division. Jim worked at Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville and later began a career in retail sales on Main Street. He worked for Ludden Shoe Store, Hamilton Shoe Store and with Dick O’Brien they bought Harkness Clothing. In 1980 Jim sold the business and retired. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed snow skiing in the winter, and traveling on cruise ships. Jim was a sports fan who enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of the Wellsville Country Club and the American Legion.

Survivors include his son, James (Sheryl) Holbrook of Cortland and his daughter Christine Holbrook of Wellsville; 5 grandchildren, Brett, Kayli, Chad, Matthew and Andrew; 5 great grand children, Ostin, Brayden, Parker, Rory and Amaya; several nieces and nephews.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and his wife Joyce.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with the funeral service to be held at 1 pm. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Jim’s name maybe made the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Jim and Chris - My sincere condolences. I remember your dad always being pleasant and helpful in Harkness.

  2. Jim and Chris,

    Your Dad always had positive words of encouragement for all the kids of Wellsville. Whether at the ball park, on the street, or in the store, his cheerful nature made us all feel special in his presence. May he rest in peace.