James B Mills
January 14, 1948 - July 2, 2017

James B Mills

James B Mills
Jan 14, 1948 - Jul 2, 2017

James B Mills
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James Benjamin Mills, 69, born in Kingston, departed this life on July 2, 2017. He was the beloved son of the late Benjamin Mills and Betty Perry Mills. He is survived by 2 siblings, a brother, Melvin H. Mills and a sister, Judge Miriam K. Mills, retired. He also leaves surviving a niece, Selena Mills, 2 grandnieces Aneesha and Zahria, and a nephew, Tech Sgt. Damien A. Mills, USAF, who is serving in the Air Force.
Whether he was known as James, Jimmy, or Mills, he was larger than life. Once, when he was standing next to his flashy car on Broadway of Kingston with a cowboy hat and boots on, James Gandolfini inquired as to what his celebrity status was. On the other hand, his niece received a free hotdog at a hotdog stand just because the proprietor found out she was related to Jimmy Mills - a sign that Jimmy had a host of friends that loved him.
Jimmy's affection for his toys didn't compare to the proportion of love that he had for his friends, which was very much reciprocated. He had many long-term relationships throughout his life. No matter his love for motorcycles, flashy cars, and boats, the biggest loves of his life were his friends and people in general - he could talk to and connect with anybody and everybody.
Entrusted to the care of the Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston. Friends may call on Monday from 4 - 7 pm. The service will be held at 7:00 PM.
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Carmen Figueroa on Jan 14, 2018

In Memoriam: I think about Jimmy and remember him on his birthday as the Mayor of The Mills on the Hudson! Love You, Jimmy! Fondly, Carmen ??'-

John Butler on Jan 13, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Mills family. I never met James but if was anything like Melvin who I knew while stationed at Naha,Okinawa he had to be quite a character. John M Butler,USAF Ret & family.

gloria on Jul 10, 2017

CandleMy dear long term friend Jimmy. It's times like this when we realize how much someone has really meant to us. I will always treasure our friendship and never forget you. You are truly unforgettable. A man who was loved by all with no boundaries. I am so grateful that we had been in touch recently. I only wish it would have been sooner so that maybe I could have seen you. You look just as I remember you from years ago. May you Rest in Peace. I have a feeling that you will be very busy now being "The Guardian Angel" of so many friends and family members.
Love you forever and I hope to see you again in time.
Gloria Rubino
P.S. I'm so sorry for your loss Mariam and Melvin.

Patricia (Dougherty) Brueggeman on Jul 9, 2017

Condolences to the entire Mills family

Anita Carter Davis on Jul 8, 2017

What a wonderful human being Jimmy was. I knew him since the early 70's when he use to come in the Park Diner. He always was so friendly and smiling. My sincere, heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Anita Carter Davis

Julie Dolson on Jul 8, 2017

CandleMy sincere condolences to Mills family and friends. I am so going to miss your visits to the Seakill office. Rest in peace my friend

Jola ta Kraujaliene on Jul 8, 2017

My Sincerest Condolences to Mills family and friends.We shared a wonderful time together at VP. Mills was very kind and warm friend of mine. I will never forget his amazing kind of voice and manner intridusing myself to other people. Rest in peace my dear Friend...I will miss you...With love...
Jolanta Kraujaliene

Donna Turton on Jul 7, 2017

Mills passing has left a large void in mine and many others lives. When I first met him, he introduced me to over 129 people and that was just at Venetian Palms. We have remained great friends, and I will miss his calls, always ending in "thanks for being my friend, love you Boo, and tell Justin I love him too." My deepest condolences to his family and friends. His uniqueness will never be found in another. The memorial video reflects Mills so well-- his Friends and his Toys. I am honored to be a member of his elite circle that called him "Friend". It is still so hard to believe I will never see or talk to him again, but I know he is having a great time in Heaven. See you later, Mills. Donna and Justin Turton

Eric Keyser on Jul 7, 2017

Joe Robinson on Jul 7, 2017

"THE MILLS" you will be missed by many. You were one of a kind, a good friend and a great business partner. May you now RIP.

Betti Jo (Nagy) Schaefer on Jul 6, 2017

CandleMy deepest sympathy for Jims family..I knew him all my life, grew up with him..such a great guy-- never a bad word out of his mouth..always a a great big hug for me whenever we would run into one another..You will be missed Jim by me and your family.. RIP my friend and see ya on the other side.
Betti Jo (Nagy) Schaefer

Jean Marie Sangi on Jul 6, 2017

Jimmy Mills was a longtime dear friend of mine. Shared many wonderful memories with him. "THE MILLS"or "MILLZIE"as we called him was truly the best of the best. Kindest and most sincere "gentleman" I've ever known. God bless you my forever friend

John Byrd on Jul 6, 2017


The Man, The Legacy "THE MILLS"

Lou Olson on Jul 6, 2017

Man was the best of the best

Lou Olson on Jul 6, 2017

Jimmy was a great guy. Fondest memories go back to a place called "Backstage" where we had great times and wonderfull memories. Could not meet without us going back to those times in our conversations.
Lou Olson

Michael jubie on Jul 5, 2017

The Mills and I go back to 7th grade. I bought my first car from him and Melvin. Talked to him about a week ago and he said he bought a boat.i told him he couldn't swim and a typical MILLS reply was " I know I can't swim , but I get into an airplane and I can't fly ". Here's hoping you are Flying With The Angels . To many memories to write now ! RIP.

John E Byrd on Jul 5, 2017

Friends for over 35 years

Jerry Brown on Jul 5, 2017

Always looked forward to seeing him. A special person and friend to many.

Linda Welch on Jul 5, 2017


Cannot believe that I feel such sadness - he annoyed the heck out me so often - and then could be so understanding and affectionate in the in the very next breath! Overwhelmed with the suddenness - but that is probably how he would have wanted it - I am overcome with emptiness. Big hugs!xxx

Carmen Figueroa on Jul 5, 2017

My sincerest condolences to Jimmy's family and friends who knew him and loved him unconditionally. Jimmy loved life and shared that passion with everyone. He will be greatly missed. In God's care, with love.

Dennis Elmendorf on Jul 4, 2017

Remembering good times

Marilyn on Jul 4, 2017

Mills was a treasured friend who will be missed by Ron (who he called "my brother from another mother", myself and many other friends from Venetian Palms. Our condolences to his family.

Ron Visser on Jul 4, 2017

Have not quite processed the fact that Mills is no longer with us. To Mariam: Marilyn and I send our sincerely sympathy to you and your brother in the passing of your brother James. Spoke with him a week ago when he called to update his health concerns. Seemed positive and upbeat that day but couldn't convince him visiting us in Michigan until he felt better. We had many memorable times with him and was certainly a special person in our lives. He will greatly be missed by many friends at Venetian Palms and Kingston as well.
Marilyn & Ron



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326 Albany Ave
Kingston, New York 12401
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