James "Jimmy" D. Norton

Wednesday, February 6th, 1952 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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James Dale Norton, known lovingly as “Jimmy,” entered into rest on August 5, 2020. Jimmy was born February 6, 1952 to his parents Elon “Yank” and Doris Norton. For many years Jimmy was cared for by his Aunt Luella "Bubby” and Uncle Dick Waldron.

Jimmy enjoyed traveling through the Arcade Village delivering good cheer to friends and neighbors. Often he toted his wagon in good weather and his sled during winter, sharing his indomitable smile and tokens of his friendship. Jimmy enjoyed visiting at the local restaurants and was quick to order his “double-double,” either hot or ice cold. One of his treasured pastimes was to ride the Arcade and Attica Railroad. The rumble of the wheels and the sound of the train’s whistle brought true joy to his countenance.

For over 30 years Jimmy worked in the sheltered workshop of Sub-Con. In his spare time Jimmy was a collector of key chains and 45 records, which he kept in immaculate order in his backyard shed on North Street.

These last few years Jimmy has been under the exceptional care of the Rehabilitation Center of Olean. Most recently he was a resident under the loving attention of the West Fall Road House Staff; for which the family is extremely thankful. Jimmy is survived by his siblings Donald, Karen and Ronald, his Guardian, Aunt Josephine (late Roy) Tullar, and many cousins and friends.

Calling hours for Jimmy will be held Sunday August 9, 2020 from 2-4 pm at the W.S. Davis Funeral Home in Arcade, New York. A graveside memorial service will be held Monday August 10, 2020 at 11AM at the Arcade Rural Cemetery, Arcade, New York. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Arcade & Attica Railroad or the charity of one’s choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    W. S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home
    358 W. Main St.
    ARCADE, NY 14009
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  • Service

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Arcade Rural Cemetery
  • Interment

    Arcade Rural Cemetery


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Kay Hanson

Posted at 12:02pm
Sorry Ron and I were not able to be there but I am sure that Jimmy is in heaven. Such an innocent being he was. God bless you Jimmy . You will be missed. Prayers to the family.

Brian Zimmer

Posted at 02:19pm
I too was saddened to hear of the passing of my cousin Jimmy. I remember walking just down North St. from my Eidenier Grandparents to visit Jimmy and my Aunt Bubby and Uncle Dick. Jim would show me his trinkets he loved so much. Rest In Peace cousin!

Tina Howell

Posted at 11:00am
Jimmy was pure sunshine to Arcade, towing his wagon or sled, making his rounds into the downtown stores . He always had some bit of news to share. When he would see Neil the joking and laughter would start, each picking on the other. Thankyou Jimmy you have never been forgotten and never will be for the Joy you spread in Arcade .
Until we see your smile and hear your laugh again
Neil and Tina Howell

Joyce Budzynski

Posted at 01:26pm
We speak of Jimmy often and how much he loved swimming in the Stearns pool and coming to all the family gatherings.

Barbara Henry

Posted at 12:06pm
I was a young kid when my cousin Jimmy was born and I knew him all his life. And that notice of his life and passing described Jim exactly! When we got older me and my older sister visited him each year, went bowling, went shopping at Christmas, went out to eat together, talked about the trains and locomotives, the Arcade and Attica which he was a great fan of and had many photos. I will miss Jim very very much. I cried so much when I heard what was happening to him at the end, but when he passed I felt the grief pass from my heart. He was at rest after living such a long, good and productive life and it was a difficult life for him. But family, friends, teachers stood by him, worked with him. Jim worked for thirty years at the Motorola Plant in Arcade NY and he successfully retired according to the local Arcade Herald newspaper. Glad to have known you Jim, Toot, toot, there goes that train whistle again!

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