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James Arthur “Jim” WellsPassing: February 16, 2022


St. Mary's Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, February 22nd @ 2:30 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, February 21st @ 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Burial at a Later Date

MITCHELL – James Arthur “Jim” Wells, 78, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born June 10, 1943, in Potsdam, New York, he was the son of Basil C. and Theda (Fadden) Wells.  He married Linda C. Bryant September 19, 1964.

James retired from General Motors with 36 years of service.  He was previously the assistant fire chief and member of the Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department. Jim was past president of the Tri-Town Minor Hockey League. As a major participant, he coached and  performed maintenance.  Jim loved old farm tractors, cars, tinkering in the garage, and hanging out at the Deers Inn.  His biggest love was his family and he had a special relationship with each of his grandchildren.  Jim has been a great caretaker for his wife.  Jim was a funny guy and liked to joke.  He was a 1962 graduate of St. Lawrence Central High School.  Jim was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brasher Falls and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mitchell.

Surviving:             wife, Linda Wells of Mitchell

                       children, Michele L. (Timothy) Wilder of Cicero, New York

                                      Ross J. Wells of Mitchell

                                      Eric (Jamie) Wells of Salem

                                      Joey Wells of Mitchell

              grandchildren, James (Kayla) Wilder, Justin (Kristen) Wilder, Jordan (Nolan)

                                      Rogers, Jared Wells, Jamison Wells, Jackson Wells, Kayla

                                      (Chandler) Watts, Catherine (Logan) Gore, Kody Wells, and

                                      Kirsten Sexton

     great grandchildren, Gracelyn, Liam, Audriana, and Maitlyn

                        siblings, Bruce (Carolyn) Wells of Brasher Falls, New York

                                       Gary Wells of Massena, New York

                                        Sharon (Wayne) Demcsak of Reston, Virginia

                                        Arnita Clark of Norfolk, New York

                                        Kathleen (Tom) Hazen of Potsdam, New York

                                        Patricia (Bruce) Winers of South Colton, New York   

                                        brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews

He is also survived by his cat, Puddy.

His parents; infant daughter, Jeanette; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Donald Kerns;  brother-in-law, Arthur Clark; sister-in-law, Nancy Sweet; and father and mother-in-law, Bernard and Catherine Bryant, preceded him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Rising officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Memorial Gifts: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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26 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Tom Nichols | Ogdensburg NY 13669
    Date: March 2, 2022
    Michelle and Tim I want to offer you my deepest sympathies over the loss of your father. May God's love and grace comfort you as you grieve but enjoy many happy memories. Your dad was undoubtedly very proud of you both as well as your own children. Sincerely, Tom
  2. Guest: Allison Daoust Kormanyos | Brasher Falls, NY
    Date: February 25, 2022
    Much love to the Wells family. So sorry for the loss of a great guy. Miss you all very much!
  3. Guest: Jonathon Henderson | Syracuse, NY
    Date: February 23, 2022
    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I pray you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
  4. Guest: Roger Davis | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: February 22, 2022
    I worked for Jimmy for several years, what a great guy to work for. I thought a lot of him and he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you all.
  5. Guest: Kathie | Stamford CT
    Date: February 20, 2022
    Jimmy, i was in high school coming to you and Linda's apartment after summer school and what i remember the most is the love and devotion you and Linda had for each other way back then, It is not surprising that both you and Linda showed the same love and devotion to your children and grandchildren. You will always be in the hearts of your family and the memories you have left will forever be with us.
  6. Guest: Brandon Turpen | bloomington
    Date: February 20, 2022
    He was a patient guy who was always there for his kids and grandkids.
  7. Guest: Larry and Glenda Duncan | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: February 19, 2022
    Larry always loved talking with Jim at Deers Inn when we would go . Prayers for the family he will be greatly missed . RIP
  8. Guest: Scott Kearns | BURKBURNETT
    Date: February 19, 2022
    RIP uncle Jimmy
  9. Guest: Karen Melnyk | Camillus NY
    Date: February 18, 2022
    I'm so sorry to hear of you your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
  10. Guest: George fox | Mitchell in
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Sorry for your loSs. . had many conversations with Jim about old tractors and equipment we both had. . mean sense of humor.
  11. Guest: Terry Finazzo | Moseley. VA
    Date: February 18, 2022
    To the Wells family, “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday.” – Unknown I worked with Jimmy many years ago. He was always fun to be around, always upbeat and laughing. I am saddened to hear about Jimmy's passing. Cousin Terry Finazzo
  12. Guest: Robin Wilson | Mitchell, In
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Prayers to your family. I always enjoyed talking to him when he would come into my work. Cherish your memories.
  13. Guest: Gloria (Bryant) and Bill Sullivan | Winthrop, NY
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with you.
  14. Guest: Bernie & Shirley Layo | Bedford, In
    Date: February 18, 2022
    To the Wells family, Thoughts & prayers with you all. Prayers for comfort & strength at this time. Rest In Peace Jim.
  15. Guest: Susan Wells Calhoun | Arlington, VA 22213
    Date: February 18, 2022
    I Remember all the visits to the farm. I am so sorry for your loss.
  16. Guest: Michelle Williams | ORLEANS
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Eric and family, Kevin & I are so sorry for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
  17. Guest: Marie Kropa Breitenbach | Arlington MA
    Date: February 18, 2022
    I can hear Aunt Maureen welcoming Jimmy.
  18. Guest: Chuck Florczyk | Cicero, NY
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Prayers to the family in this difficult time. Michele and family, please reach out if there is anything we can do.
  19. Guest: Joan Curtis Roach | Murrells Inlet, SC. 29576
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Linda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost Phil 3 yrs ago and I know how hard it is.
  20. Guest: Liz (Kilcoyne) Modafferi | Solvay, New York
    Date: February 18, 2022
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was ahead of me in school but I knew him and Linda. Sharon is a good friend of mine. Jimmy was always smiling. I loved Linda. They were so cute together. Please accept my deepest condolences. 🙏 ❤
  21. Guest: Bruce C Wells | Brasher Falls NY
    Date: February 18, 2022
    A very special man
  22. Guest: Sharon Demcsak | Reston, VA
    Date: February 18, 2022
    Jimmy, you will be missed!! Your family, my family has lost a really good person. I will miss your sly grin when you were up to something….Love you RIP
  23. Guest: Celeste Waske | Hotchkiss, CO
    Date: February 17, 2022
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ray and Celeste
  24. Guest: Chelsea, Colin, and Oaklynn Turner | Owensville, IN
    Date: February 17, 2022
    You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened by your loss and are here for your support! ❤
  25. Guest: Brandi, Mark, and Abel Miller | Fort Branch, IN
    Date: February 17, 2022
    Deepest condolences to the whole family. You are all in our thoughts. 💓
  26. Guest: Diane Bryant Selleck | Winthrop NY
    Date: February 17, 2022
    Our deepest sympathy from our entire family to yours. We have so many great happy memories we will cherish. ⚘🙏 RIP Jimmy🙏⚘ Aunt Chiyoko Bryant, Jon, Diane, Amanda, Devin and KC