James Palidar

Obituary of James M. Palidar

James M. Palidar

Little Genesee, NY     James M. Palidar, 22, of 8891 Route 417 passed away Tuesday (February 26, 2019) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

James was born on March 7, 1996 in Wellsville, the youngest of three children born to Carol Palidar of Little Genesee and the only son of George Rought of Olean.  Carol's second child, Joseph Goodliff, died in a similar car accident in 2007, leaving her only surviving daughter, Christy, his fiancé Kelsey, and all family members, grieving heavily again for their devastating loss.

James was a 2014 graduate of Bolivar-Richburg Central School and for all of his junior high and high school years was a multi-sport athlete.  He proudly played in the Big 30 All-Star Football game.  He also had natural musical talent and played the euphonium, a brass instrument, in both All-County and All-State competition.  In 2016 he received a degree in Heavy Equipment/Diesel Tech from Alfred Tech and was employed by the Local #158 Operator's Union out of Rochester.

He was a true outdoorsman and had a passion for hunting and fishing from a young age.  He also loved the speed-sport of 4-wheeling, and riding snowmobiles and dirt bikes.

In August of this year he planned to marry his fiancé and best friend Kelsey, whom he nicknamed his "Boo Berry".  Many who knew him well would often hear him speak out his favorite expression "Yee Yee!"  He and Kelsey recently made a new home together in Little Genesee, complete with his dog Ralph and their cat "Titty".  

He leaves behind a loving family including his fiancé Kelsey Ellis; his mother Carol Palidar of Little Genesee; a sister Christy (Ryan) DeArmitt of Little Genesee; a niece Annabel Young of Bolivar and a nephew Seth Baker of Little Genesee; his maternal grandmother Loretta (Barton) Landon of Clarksville, VA; his father George (Margie) Rought of Olean; his paternal grandmother Loretta Trzepkowski of West Clarksville; several aunts, uncles and cousins; 2 step sisters Kelly (Brandon) Edwards of Cheektowaga and Sherry (Duane Hepfer) DeYoe of Portville and 1 step brother Jason (Molly) DeYoe of Olean.

He was predeceased by his brother Joseph in 2007 and his paternal step grandfather Ray Trzepkowski.

The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main St, Little Genesee, NY.  A funeral service will be held Saturday (March 2, 2019) at 1:00pm at the church.  Pastor Ben Ramirez and Pastor Sean Obergfell will co-officiate.  Burial will follow in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home in Olean is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.