James A. Cheman, Sr.

James A. Cheman, Sr.

Saturday, April 12th, 1941 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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James A. Cheman, Sr. of Arcade, died Thursday May 7, 2020 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville at the age of 79.

He was born April 12, 1941 in Lackawanna, New York a son of the late John Matthew and Catherine Angeline (Markovich) Cheman. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. He had an extreme love for Christmas, enjoyed shopping on eBay and loved collecting danbury mint cars from the 50's and 60's. He also enjoyed making ornaments from the movie, Cars and selling them on eBay. His love for collecting Hess trucks was also passed on to his family.

He was a truck driver for Safety Kleen in Corfu.

His wife - Alexandria "Sandy" (Biskup) Cheman whom he married November 10, 1962 in Lackawanna died April 25, 2007.

He is survived by his children - Tambra Cheman of Depew, James Jr. (Julie) Cheman of Buffalo, Julianne (Scott) Wopperer of Holland, JacLynn (Troy) Klahn of Arcade; six grandchilden - Kevin Brooks, Julianne Cheman, Jaiden Klahn, Xander Wopperer, Morgan Cheman and Cameron Klahn; three great-grandchildren - Izabella, Vivianne and Oliver; his daughter-in-law: Erica Cheman; also survived by his siblings: Catherine (late Robert Sr.) Crowe, Juliann (late Timothy Sr.) Burke, Michael (Karin) Cheman, Marc (Pauline) Cheman, Mary (Raymond) Reid, Barbara (John) Comerford, Teresa (Silvio) Lirussi, Anne Marie (Matthew) Anderson; his sister-in-law: Frances Cheman along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son - Jonathan Cheman who passed away on March 22, 2015; his brother - John Cheman, III.

There is no prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Toby Cheman

Posted at 09:04pm
Cousin Jim, you were pointed out to me at a Cheman family reunion so long ago as Kenny Rogers, and that entire day I remember being starstruck thinking you really were Kenny Rogers! God rest your soul and you are loved by so many.

Sonya Schlaun Lirussi

Posted at 11:22am
Teresa and Family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I'll always remember Jim as a kind-hearted, happy guy with a huge presence about him. He always had a smile to share with everyone he met. He touched many people's lives and in doing so will be greatly missed.

Barbara Comerford

Posted at 04:58pm
I will so miss my kind and gentle brother Jim, who always had a smile and such a loving presence. I have many wonderful memories of him throughout my childhood, especially at Christmastime. He loved Christmas so much that when Anne Marie, Teresa, Tammy and I were young, he and Sandy would pick us up on a snowy evening and drive all the way to the Village of Springville to see the houses decorated with Christmas lights; we'd walk up and down Main Street with the snow falling down and stop at the local diner for hot cocoa with whipped cream!! That was such a treat for us back then, and a memory I'll always cherish. I will always remember Jimmy as having the loving heart of Santa Claus and I am so grateful to have had him in my life. It is always hard to lose someone you love so much, but I know his Soul has been set free and we will see him again.
Birth is not the beginning and death is not the end. Our Love lives on forever, and we will walk together again!
Farewell for now, my dear brother Jim...May your Soul fly to the Highest Heavens!

Catherine R. Crowe

Posted at 08:34pm
My dear brother Jim...you have been in my life for 79 years...and its hard to realize that we have to go on without you. I will always remember you as my little brother. As I think about you so many memories come back to me. Our childhood on Eden street seems so very long ago. You grew up to be a very kind and loving husband to Sandy, a wonderful father to your children, and a great brother to us. I will miss your smile and your laughter but I know you are safely home with Sandy, Jon, and Mom and Dad. I love you Jim.

Dawn Springer

Posted at 08:10pm
Dear Cheman family,
I am so sorry for your loss of such an amazing man. May God bless you all in this most difficult time. Please know that you are loved by many and your memories will never leave you. You now have a guardian angle looking out for all of you. Hugs and prayers. Dawn Springer

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