Monday, November 23, 2020

James A. Colegrove, 78

Allegany, NY - James A. Colegrove, 78, of 4032 Mediterranean Drive passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Cuba Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born July 1, 1942 in Wellsville the son of Wendell X. and Adelene (Miller) Colegrove. On June 9, 1962 in Wellsville he married Gail E. Miller who survives.

Jim was raised in Wellsville, and was a 1959 graduate of Wellsville High School. He graduated from Alfred State College in 1962, and Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. He was an engineer for Burroughs Corporation in Rochester for 1962 to 1974, and for Burroughs in Salisbury, MD from 1974 to 1982. He moved to Allegany in 1982, and worked for Dexter Corporation in Olean until his retirement in 2001. He was a great family man.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Terri (Dave) Randall of Ischua, and Jennifer (Tex) Crider of Shippenville, PA, a son, Richard (Betty) Colegrove of Warrenton, VA, four granddaughters, Ashley Hall, Kyla (Lance) Tronetti, Lauren Colegrove and Tessa Crider, three grandsons, Colin Crider, Andrew Colegrove, and Noah Randall, three great-grandchildren, Sophia and Vanessa Tronetti, and Adelaide Hall, four sisters, Patricia (Richard) Welch of Geneseo, Mary Hopkins of Columbia, SC, Marge McEnroe of Allentown, NY, and Barb (Kevin) Rowe of Australia, one brother, Thomas (Jean) Colegrove of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Maryann Colegrove of Porterville, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Rol Colegrove in 2011.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany Fire Department and Allegany Rescue.  To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Gone From My Sight

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

    Gone where?

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

    And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

    And that is dying...

    -- Henry Van Dyke

  2. So sorry Gail. Jim was a great guy. We always loved our foursome we had in golf every week. Gary and I were talking about the one shot Jim made and no one saw it leave but he cracked it good. We looked and looked and finally he stood back and saw thwe ball about 1 ft into the mud. I guess we really remember how he knelt down and took it out. One day my friend we will meet again. God bless your family Gail and I pray the Lord gives you comfort through this difficult time. Call on the Holy Spirit when you are alone and He will hold you and comfort you.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    Cyndi & Paul Winter

  4. Gail and Family:
    Shocked to hear about Jim's passing. It was always good to see the both of you and catch up.
    I still have the "everready" bunny that he gave me after one of the corporate cup events. Showed his sense of humor and humility.
    He will be missed.
    Mary Rich