James B. Ritter, 74, of Cattaraugus, NY passed away at home September 17, 2018.
He was born March 4, 1944 in Gowanda, NY to the late Leland and Janice Ritter.
James is survived by his brother Ellwyn (Ace) and his sister Lorraine.
James lived all of his life in the Village of Cattaraugus. He was an essential part of the village and was loved by all. Jim drove around in his red truck that he nicknamed “Big Red”. Everyone knew it was him when they saw the red truck coming down the road.
Jim spent much of his life being a farmhand on local farms like Smith’s, Fleckenstein’s and Dechow’s He also worked for Agway and Setterstixs. James was happiest when being involved in the local fire company where he was a long time member. Recently the Cattaraugus Fire District presented Jim with an Honorary Chief’s Badge. This was a memorable and cherished moment in Jim’s life. Jim was also a member of the Otto Fire Company, Cattaraugus County Fire Police and was always in attendance at Cattaraugus County and Southwestern NY Firemen’s Conventions.
In retirement, James shoveled snow for local churches and was a frequent and devoted customer at Pascarella’s Restaurant each morning for coffee.
Visiting hours will be held at DiStasio Funeral Home 55 S. Main St. Cattaraugus Wednesday (today) September 19 from 6pm to 8pm with a Fireman’s service to be held at 7pm.
A funeral service will be held Thursday September 20 11:00AM at Roberts Memorial Free Methodist Church 111 South St, Cattaraugus with Pastor Mike Jones officiating.
Interment will be in Liberty Park Cemetery
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cattaraugus Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Cattaraugus Ambulance