NORWOOD –Funeral services for 71 year old James R. "Jimmie" Wing, a resident of 7825 St. Highway 56, Norwood, will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Buck Funeral Home in Norfolk with Pastor Dianne Hutchinson presiding. Burial will be held in the Riverside Cemetery, Norwood, in the springtime. Family and friends may call at the Buck Funeral Home in Norfolk on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Mr. Wing passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse with his wife and sisters at his side.
Jimmie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcia and their son, Gregory, both of Norwood; his two sisters, Debbie Woodard, Adams Center and Susan Wing, Cranberry Lake, NY and a nephew Zachary Woodard, Huntsville, Alabama. Jimmie also leaves an aunt, Joan Bailey, Norfolk and special cousins Stephen and Leslie Markum and Laurie and Larry LaPoint, all of Norwood and Tom Newtown, Norfolk as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Jimmie was pre-deceased by his parents, James and Helen "Betty" Wing.
Born in Potsdam, NY on March 27, 1948 to the late James W. and Helen "Betty" Bailey Wing, James grew up in Norfolk and graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central School in 1967 and later, DeVry Institute in Chicago, IL. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during Vietnam as a radio operator. After returning home, James married Marcia Gibson on July 31, 1971 and worked for NY Telephone as an installer and repairman until the onset of his illness in 1974. James later worked for D.L. Thomas Kitchen and Bath in Potsdam as well as K & B Electronics in Norwood. Jimmie then worked for the St. Lawrence County Sherriff's Department as a corrections officer for 23 years until his retirement due to medical reasons. In his late teens, Jimmie was a member of the Norfolk Fire Department and participated with the firematics race team, being the ladder man. He later served on the Fire Commissioners Board as well. Jimmie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a longtime member of the Cranberry Lake Hunting Club where he also enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, horseback riding and skiing. He was a strong believer in the Hunter Safety Program and served as an instructor for many years. He was an active member of the Norfolk Rod and Gun Club, participating and helping with the Trap and Archery Clubs. Jim was also Mr. Fix it. He could fix almost anything and enjoyed puttering around the farm and shop. One of his favorite expressions was "Save that, I might be able to use it." In between his many activities, he enjoyed horseback riding, reading Louis Lamour Westerns and movies and sharing hunting and fishing stories with his family and friends.
Memorial donations in Jimmie's memory can be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association of North Country, Attention: Outdoor Recreation Program; Area 27 Special Olympics, Attention: Lesley Thompson, Cerebral Palsy of North Country, 4 Commerce Lane Canton, NY 13617, or to the Potsdam Animal Shelter. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com . The Buck Funeral Home in Norfolk is serving the family of James R. "Jimmie" Wing.