Obituaries

James “Jim” W. Hartway

June 6, 1959 - January 9, 2019

Age 59, of Johnsonburg, passed away on January 9, 2019 at home.

Jim was a life-long resident of Johnsonburg and graduated from Attica Central School.

Jim loved music. He grew up listening to his older siblings’ records and WKBW-AM, whence came his love of classic rock music. In his teen years he discovered the FM band and progressive rock. He knew that songs could bring out emotion and feelings in a very personal way. The Beatles and Yes, in that order, were his favorite groups; but there were many others, in many genres. A self-taught guitarist, if he liked a song, he would learn to play it—not just the chords, but meticulously copying the alternative tunings and strum patterns of the original recordings. He was always willing to pull out his guitar at family gatherings, which led to several years of the Hartway Family Band performing at the North Fork Music Festival with his siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephews, who were always his biggest fans

Jim had a huge range of interests, and could speak knowledgably about them with other people. Sports, space travel, running, literature, film, speculative fiction, history, art, model rocketry—and, of course, music—are just a few of the topics he could discuss intelligently, at almost any level. He studied the classic rock era and the artists of that era and became a walking rock encyclopedia.

Jim’s many interests included his devotion to the family cats. Several were his favorites but the most cherished was his beloved Mr. C., a stray that Jim saved from freezing to death. Their special relationship was one of mutual love and admiration.

After the death of his father, Watson, in 2001, Jim filled his father’s shoes by becoming a loving and devoted caregiver to his mother. They grew very close to each other and his siblings are eternally grateful for his unselfish devotion to her.

Jim is survived by his mother, Marcia Bowen Hartway; siblings Joanne (Frank) Dickes, Terry Hartway, Elizabeth (John) Head, and Mary (Mark) Eckstein; the siblings’ offspring and their spouses; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and uncounted dozens of cousins, aunts, and uncles.

There are no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Varysburg Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

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Feb 8.19 from Michael Pullinzi:
Mrs. Hartway and family:
Very saddened to learn of Jim's passing. I was an old friend from High School and remember Jim fondly from those times. He was well liked and respected by his peers. He has left us far too soon, but God has a plan.
Mike Pullinzi

Jan 27.19 from Michelle ( Malovich) Danner:
I was and still am saddened and shocked at Jim's passing. Although he and my brother John, were great,great friends of over 40 years,I too, have many fond memories of Jim.
He was unbelievably,kind,compassionate,caring and always intuitively tuned into another's needs.I will never forget Jim's hug of support at the funeral home,when my Mom died 11/10/13.
I will miss sharing this earth with him.

Jan 24.19 from Lydia Kaluzny-Welnicki:
I am so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. Jim and I worked at GCC together and became friends. When George Harrison passed away, Jim immediately came over with his guitar and played Beatle songs in his memory. I will miss your gentle soul very much.

Jan 22.19 from Byron Ball, the Ball family:
Our condolences, your family was a big part of our life in Johnsonburg. Prayers and blessings.

Jan 20.19 from Ray Cannon:
My deepest sympathies to the Hartway family. I have many, many fond memories of Jim, going way back to playing on the monkey bars at Sheldon Elementary, riding mini bikes (we both loved that Rupp Black Widow), hockey and the Sabres, running, and of course, music. I couldn’t ask for a better friend.

Having moved away after we graduated from Attica High School, I regret not being able to spend more time with Jim. However, whenever I did get a chance to visit home, we always took the time to get together to catch up on what was new and reminisce about the good old days, and normally go out for a run. I treasure those memories.

Good bye my friend, I’ll miss you.

Jan 18.19 from Linda Carmody (Tiuch):
Dear Hartway Family...I was saddened to learn of Jim's passing. It has been many years, but I fondly remember all of you growing up in the house behind the store we had in Johnsonburg. Please acctept my sincere sympathy in your loss.

Jan 18.19 from Doug & Darla Kelly:
Joanne, Dixie & family. We are sorry to hear about your brother. I didn't know Jim well but remember meeting him one time at NF. I hope you are comforted by having many friends who share in your loss.

Jan 17.19 from Candice Conboy-Baetzold:
From one Johsonburg kid to another and classmate 1977 RIP Jim

Jan 17.19 from Rick Kibler:
My sincere condolences to the Hartway family during this time of mourning. Jim was definitely one of a kind and will sorely be missed. RIP my friend.

Jan 17.19 from Robert Knipe:
I had the pleasure and honor of working with Jim for many years at GCC. What a true Renaissance gentleman, free and kind spirit he was. RIP dear Jim. We miss you

Jan 17.19 from Cami Goldowitz:
I began working at the Genesee Community College in August of this year, so I only had the pleasure of knowing Jim for a short while. But in that short while, it was readily obvious what a special human being Jim was: so kind, of gentle disposition, helpful, open and friendly. My deepest sympathy goes to his family. Please know how fond everyone was of your son/brother/uncle!

Jan 17.19 from James Christner:
Very sorry to have lost a friend.
As one music lover to another, I should like to bid him farewell and wish him eternal rest with this beautiful composition by Franz Biebl:
Cornell Glee Club singing Ave Maria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QES9tr7nwaU