James A. (Jim) Crolle Sr. of Forestville, N.Y. and Orlando, Fla. died Thursday (March 21, 2013) in Florida Hospital, East Orlando, at the age of 93.
Born Nov. 11, 1919 in Silver Creek, N.Y., the son of the late Anthony and Eleanor (Gascon) Crolle, he was a graduate of Silver Creek High School and Alfred State Agricultural College.
A resident of the Silver Creek-Forestville area most of his life, Jim was an agricultural and community leader for many years. He began his career in the G.L.F. (the predecessor of Agway) Egg Station in Buffalo and held various management positions for G.L.F. in Batavia, Macedon, Owego, Trumansburg, Ithaca, N.Y. and Woodstown, N.J. One of Jim's proudest accomplishments was managing an essential production facility to supply canned goods for the troops overseas during WWII.
In 1949 Jim and his wife, Kay, who died in 1983, purchased the G.L.F franchise in Forestville, supplying feed, seed, fertilizer, coal, and farm supplies to local farms. He later added grain cleaning and storage facilities and offered the first bulk lime and fertilizer spreading services in the area. Jim also established his business as a distribution center for fertilizer and chemicals for other Agway stores in the area, and built a corn drying and storage facility to help establish corn as a cash crop for area farmers. In a time of limited markets, he also developed a valuable processing outlet for local grape growers through Coca Cola Foods, Inc.
During this time, Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Silver Creek National Bank (prior to its sale to Citibank), the Anderson-Lee Library, American Massage Cor-poration, and was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of the Lake Shore Inter-Community Hospital. He was a 50-year member Tri-County CC, a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and an active member of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church in Forestville.
After his retirement in 1984, Jim married Louise Muccigrosso of Silver Creek who became an avid golfer and together they continued to play in a couple's league until their late eighties. At the same time he became an accomplished, self-taught wood-worker, crafting many heirloom pieces for friends and family. Additionally, he was a skilled pinochle player and played regularly until he became ill.
He is survived by his second wife, Louise (Muccigrosso) Crolle; a daughter, Barbara (James) O'Connell; a son James (Carol) A. Crolle Jr.; and six grandchildren: James (Julia) O'Connell, William (Johnna) O'Connell; Kathleen (Jon) Armstrong, James (Karen) Crolle III, John (Monica) Crolle, C. Joshua Crolle and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by stepchildren Ann (Charles) Ende; Elaine (Matthew) Grohol, F. Paul (Karen) Muccigrosso, and John Muccigrosso and seven step-grandchildren. A sister, Rita Jutzin and many nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen (Murray) Crolle, an infant son, William, and sisters Myrtle Zwerlien, Marie Wood, and Jeanne Crolle.
Prayers will be held Wednesday (March 27, 2013) at 9:30 a.m. from the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel in Silver Creek, N.Y. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Silver Creek. The family will be present at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Forestville Fire Department or the Anderson-Lee Library.
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