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James C. Minges, 81, Canandaigua, formerly Wellsville


James C. Minges, age 81, passed away after a brief illness, on Friday, March 11, 2022.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Marcia Minges; two children, Christopher (Mary) Minges and Sheila (Kevin) Murphy; mother of his children, Samantha Gilkey; three step-children, Chris (Lisa) McNinch, Jeff (Denise) McNinch and Abby (Sam) Conzone; 13 grandchildren, Jenna, Ryan, Daniel, Shawn, Justin, Katie, Jesse, Allie, Lena, Everett, Ruby, Athena and Autumn; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann MacMurray (Shawn Ritter); two nieces, Patricia and Barbara Mansfield; and nephew, Scott Mansfield.  He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Mansfield.

            Jim was born in Wellsville, NY and was the son of Clair and Athelia (Ackerman) Minges.  He became an Eagle Scout at age 14.  Jim was a graduate of Wellsville High School, class of 1959.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Bucknell University in 1963 and was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, where he made lifelong friends.  Jim was a US Army veteran, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant – field artillery.  After the Army, Jim worked with his father in the family dairy business.

Jim retired in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Canandaigua National Bank, after a lengthy career in banking.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and shooting sporting clays and in 2003, he was the NYS Class E Champion.  Jim loved spending time with family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, March 18, from 3-6 pm, at King’s Catering, 4031 Rte’s 5+20, Canandaigua.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to F.F. Thompson Hospital Cardiac Rehab, 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 or Canandaigua Sportsman Club, 5280 Emerson Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424 or Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.  Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., Canandaigua.  Condolences may be offered at

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