James W. Dix

James W. Dix

SILVER CREEK – James W. Dix, 60, of Han-over Road, Silver Creek, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Silver Creek on July 15, 1954, the son of Lena (Meadows) Dix, of Forestville and the late Norman E. Dix. He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1972, attended SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Fredonia and graduated from JCC in December 1999 with an associate’s degree in business administration with honors.

Mr. Dix worked as a mechanic for the former Silver Creek Processing Corp., former Kraft Foods, Cliffstar Corporation and as a service manager for the former Norm Dix Co., Forestville, where he rebuilt a Chisholm Ryder Grape Harvester. He worked for the United States Post Of-fice for 20 years, starting in Dunkirk, then became Postmaster in Ellicottville and retired as Postmaster in Mayville in 2009.

He was a member of Blessed Mary Angela RC Parish – St. Hyacinth’s Church, Dunkirk, a member of the Rotary Club in Ellicottville, where he was vice president, implemented the Adopt a High-way Program and helped found the Rotary Interact at Ellicottville High School.

Mr. Dix enjoyed playing sports, golf, scuba diving and loved to travel. He had visited 46 of the 50 states.

Surviving, besides his mother, is his wife Rebecca (Pawlak) Dix of Silver Creek, whom he married September 14, 1996. They were married at St. Hyacinth’s RC Church, Dun-kirk. A son, Justin (Amanda) Dix, of Forestville, a daughter, JoLena (Ben) Downing IV, of Temple, GA, a sister, Suzanne (Ron) Kaliko, of Hawaii, a brother, Robert (Lynette) Dix, of Portland and a sister Jennifer (Jim) Cruver, of Amherst. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Everett and Madison Dix, Ben Downing V. and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his father he was predeceased by his nephew and godson, Daniel Dix.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main St., Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., from where Prayer Services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Mary Angela RC Parish – St. Hyacinth’s Church, Dunkirk, at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Matt M. Nycz, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery, Dunkirk.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the The RO Foundation, c/o NCCF, 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY 14048. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.