James E. Clizbe, age 71, of Gloversville, passed into eternal rest on November 4, 2010, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady following a short illness.
He was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., on March 14, 1939, the son of the late James and Sylvia (Vail) Clizbe.
Jim graduated from Broadalbin High School's class of 1957. He was a musician known to numerous people throughout the area, having played with various bands over the course of several decades. He was a longtime employee of Lexington Center, retiring in 2001. One of Jim's greatest pleasures was sharing his love and joy of music with the residents of several local nursing homes. Jim was also a natural-born putterer, who enjoyed canoeing, woodworking and keeping busy with many other hobbies, which included fixing mistakes made by his children in their own attempts at home repairs. He was happiest when spending time in his workshop creating custom crafts for his Crazy Moose Canoe Company. One of Jim's biggest joys was spending time with his family, and his spoiled cats. Jim was also active in the Free and Accepted Masons, Kennyetto Lodge No. 599, serving as an officer for the past several years. Jim will be remembered best for his gruff exterior which masked his true soft-hearted demeanor.
Jim is survived by: his wife of 49 years, Bonnie (Cole); eight children, Donald Clizbe (Don), Trisha Lobdell (Terry), Lynda Clizbe (Todd Valachovic), Darin Clizbe (Spring), Christopher Clizbe (Angie), Melanie Barz (Rich), Shawn Clizbe (John Borgolini), and Jennifer Ackerknecht (Alan). Additional survivors include: William Clizbe (brother); Nancy Betz (sister) and grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Suzanne, Allison, Elizabeth, Emily, and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with the wishes of the deceased, cremation will take place at the Parkview Crematory in Schenectady, N.Y. Contributions may be made in Jim's memory to your favorite animal charity.