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Obituary Notice- James A. Shevlin, Sr.

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SILVER CREEK:  James A. Shevlin, Sr., 74, of Old Hanford Road, Silver Creek, died Tuesday, January 24th, at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a short illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on May 28, 1937, the son of the late George A. and Bernice “Babe” A. (Pim) Shevlin.

Mr. Shevlin was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1954 and attended Erie Community College for Business.  He owned & operated the former Shevlin’s Sunoco, Irving, for 35 years.  Mr. Shevlin was the longest active member of Cherry Creek Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club and a member of Sunset Drifters Snowmobile Club.  He was the Chautauqua County Director for the former New York Snowmobile Coordinating Group and continued when they became the New York State Snowmobile Association and was also a key factor in restarting the Chautauqua County Federation Snowmobile Association.  Mr. Shevlin was also a member of both the former Forestville & Jamestown Old-Timers Baseball Teams, was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, where he was a Deacon & on the property committee and was a past member of the former Hanover Grange #595, Forestville.  He was an avid groomer of snowmobile trails, loved collecting Turtle Rocks and was a former avid bowler.

Survivors include his wife Sally A. (Ehmke) Shevlin of Silver Creek, whom he married May 16, 1992, in Silver Creek, two daughters, Deborah (Danny) Threlkeld, of Silver Creek, Denise L. Shevlin, of Forestville, two sons James A. (Shirley) Shevlin, Jr., of Silver Creek,  Jeffrey A. Shevlin, of Dunkirk, a step son, Jay Patterson, of Orlando, FL, three brothers, Kenneth (Sandy) Shevlin, of Zephryhills, FL, Gerald (Dianne) Shevlin, of Hamburg, Charles Shevlin, Sr., of Orlando, FL and sister-in-law Sandra Shevlin of Silver Creek.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren Timothy, Robert, Sheri, Anna, Kathleen, Christopher, Jeffrey, Jr., and Michael, 1 great grandson James Mikhail, was a special grandpa to Chartae & Tiffany and several nieces, nephews & cousins.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday evening from 7-9 pm and on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, from the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek, with Rev. Thomas Burian, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to


  • the Millers
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    May Jim rest in peace and all our prayers with him and all the family
    Allen,Cindy,Kelly Jamie and Matt

  • Shawn & Sue Hough
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Our deepest condolences to Jim’s family. His efforts over the years to improve snowmobiling in Chautauqua County will be felt and remembered for many years. We enjoyed riding on the trails he groomed so well! Many snowmobilers may not have realized that they were enjoying such smooth trails thanks to Jim’s efforts on his nightly runs. He is to be saluted for his many years of volunteer work to support the trails, his club and for providing so much great riding, for so many people from near and far. He was a snowmobile buddy, who will be missed.

  • Karen (nee:Weise) Hooftallen
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 8:38 am

    My name is Karen Hooftallen ..formerly of Silver Creek NY.. my maiden name is Weise.. (daughter of Chet and Evelyn)
    I know when I was younger I had patronized Shevlins Sunoco. and also.. Jims brother Jerry lives opposite my son’s house in Hamburg.. I have come to know Jerry and Dianne quite well. awesome people.. due to the above reasons.. I felt I wanted to pass my sympathy to Jim’s family..May God help you find peace and understanding.. Karen

  • David Strouble
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Vaya con Dios Shevy
    Truly enjoyed playing with and against you in the old guys
    baseball leagues.Florida was a hoot as well,wasn’t it?
    Save me a spot at first base on your new team,ok? I know all the guys feel as I do.We have lost a true friend and a great inspiration to play ball into our senior years.May your memory be eternal to all that had the privilege to have known you.My deepest sympathy to your family.
    Dave Strouble-1B
    Naples, Florida

  • Lynn Ehmke Smith
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    So sorry hear, cousin Sally. May you have many a smile in the future from the memories of the 20 years you shared. Hugs and love, Lynn

  • Patti and Buddy Clark
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Dear Sally,
    Little did I know that just a few days from seeing you last and our conversation, that I would be sending you my deepest sympathy for Jim’s passing. It really sounded like he was on the road to recovery. May you have God’s deepest blessings during this difficult time. I know how you feel, and if you ever need a ear to listen I’m just “next door”.
    Patti (Memmo) Clark and husband Buddy

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