James A. Winchell Sr., 88, of Kingston, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at his home in Kingston, NY surrounded by his family. He was born on February 27, 1935 in Kingston, NY and was the son of the late Lawrence and Frances (Eckert) Winchell.
He was married to the love of his life, Catherine J. Winchell. They got married on September 3, 1954 and were married for 62 years before she passed away on August 20, 2016.
James was a member of Vly Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and stock car racing. He was an avid dirt track fan at Accord Speedway and spent a lot of his life attending races throughout local tracks in the North East. He owned and operated Winchell Brothers Excavating with his brother, Red. He also owned C&J Self Storage for many years.
He is survived by his children, James A. Winchell, Jr., Brenda (Joseph) LaVoie, and Allen Winchell, Sr. His grandchildren, Amanda (Thomas) Murray, Melissa (Jeffrey Anderson) Winchell, Allen (Kerri) Winchell, Jr., James (Tara) L. Winchell, Kimberly (Zack Zahorsky) Winchell, Brandon (Jessica) LaVoie. His great grandchildren, Thomas and Elizabeth Murray, James Jeudy, Maysen Kate and Emily Allyn Winchell, James L. Winchell, Jr., Natalie Reese Zahorsky and Bennett LaVoie. He also leaves behind his former daughter-in-law, Bonnie L. Winchell and close friend, Sheila Brown, his caregiver of 5 years, Adelaide Abankwah, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his siblings, Lawrence (Red) Winchell, Jr. and Abraham (Abe) Winchell as well as his daughter-in-law, Eileen (NiNi) Winchell.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401, where family and friends may visit on Friday, August 4, 2023 from 11 am to 1pm. The funeral service will take place at 1pm followed by burial at Bushkill Cemetery, West Shokan, NY.
A tribute for James may be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. For those who wish, contributions in James’s memory may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, https://www.hvhospice.org/donate-now/.