Hoboken, NJ- James Arthur “Jimmy” Stevens Sr., 51, formerly of Tomhannock and more recently Zephyrhills, Florida, died peacefully, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Hoboken Medical Center Hospital in Hoboken, New Jersey after being stricken at a fairgrounds in New Jersey.
Born in Troy, April 14, 1968, Jimmy was the son of Clayton “Artie” Stevens and Marion C. (Mele) Stevens of Tomhannock and a graduate of Hoosic Valley High School.
As a younger man he enjoyed driving anything with wheels or tracks and pursued employment as a driver for several area companies including; Legenbauer Gas and Oil, John Ray and Sons, Sunshine Fuels, R.J.Valente Gravel Co. Inc., Kelly Refuse Company, and even worked as a trail groomer, driving a Snowcat for Jiminy Peak even though he didn’t ski and was afraid of heights. More recently he worked for over 20 years with his wife operating several gourmet and fast food concession trailers while following the fair circuit up and down the eastern seaboard. For the past year he was employed as an amusement ride mechanic for the Reithoffer Shows Inc. based out of Gibsonton, Florida.
Jimmy was a member of the International Independent Showmen’s Foundation, (also known as the “Gibtown Showmen’s Club) a non-profit private club made up of people in the outdoor amusement industry. He loved to be in the great outdoors fly fishing and kayaking, was an avid remote control aircraft pilot, and never lost his love for driving anything with a motor.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy is survived by his three children, James A. “J.R.” Stevens Jr. and Lorin P. Stevens both of Zephyrhills, FL and Lorinda M. Stevens of Riverview, FL and many friends he made through the outdoor amusement industry.
A funeral service for Jimmy will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown with longtime family friend, Rev. Gaylord Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Tomhannock Methodist Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday, July 29th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions if desired to the International Independent Showman’s Association Museum, 6915 Riverview Drive, Riverview, Florida 33578 in memory of “Jimmy” A. Stevens Sr.