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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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 ??'-
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.
My 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.
P.S. I'm so sorry for your loss Mariam and Melvin.
Condolences to the entire Mills family
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
My sincere condolences to Mills family and friends. I am so going to miss your visits to the Seakill office. Rest in peace my friend
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...
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
"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.
My 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
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
The Man, The Legacy "THE MILLS"
Man was the best of the best
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.
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.
Friends for over 35 years
Always looked forward to seeing him. A special person and friend to many.
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
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.
Remembering good times
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.
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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