East Bethany ~ James V. Compton, age 80, finished the race strong, as he passed into heaven’s glory on September 13, 2022.
He was born February 17,1942 in Batavia NY to the late Cecil and Alice Compton of East Pembroke, NY.
James received his education at Corfu High School and worked as a milkman in the days of home delivery and then as a machinist, before going to General Motors in Rochester, where he would retire.
His love of horses led him to Batavia Downs, where he trained and became a driver in the Harness Racing industry. Having many horses through the years, he was nicknamed “The General” by the track announcer, with his most notable horse being track legend, Michael Scores.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sandra L. Compton; his children, Kevin Compton of E Bethany, Roger Compton and his wife, Cheryl of Bloomfield NJ, Cheryl Squire and her husband, Timothy of Wakefield NC, Jeanne Palmer and her husband, Albert of Warsaw NY. James also has 6 grandchildren; Taylor Squire, Rachael Boynton, Aaron Pahuta, Allyssa Compton-Disla, Michael Compton and Amanda Palmer; 2 great-grandchildren, Addison Gregg and Ethan Boynton; sister-in-law, Grace Compton; brother-in-law, Wayne Speed; Patty Beverly and her family, John Nelson and his family, Geri Puma and her family, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
James is pre-deceased by his siblings, Phillip Compton, Richard Compton and Carol Speed, as well as his grandson, Zachary Squire.
Family and friends may call on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy. His Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, Sept. 19 at 11:00 AM at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank St. Rd., Batavia. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke.