James V. Arena Jr., 59 of Batavia, NY. Died October 14, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health for the last 2 years. Born August 6, 1951 in Batavia, NY. Son of the late James V. Arena Sr. (June 17, 1986) and the late Martha (Valery) Arena (Feb. 1, 2010).
James worked for Conrail until he became disabled. He was best known for his role as lead guitarist in the rock band The Squires playing for the Lions Club, Buffalo Autorama shows, Batavia High School Plays and disabled children programs. He would teach exceptional children instruments which resulted in comments to the letters to the Editor in a time when long hair was in style “We do well to remind ourselves from time to time man looketh upon the outward appearance but God looketh upon the heart.” James had an exceptional gift of working with the disabled and will be sadly missed by little Eric.
James had a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by his loving family. Brother Jerry Arena of Batavia; sisters Nancy Arena of Batavia; Mary (William) Davis III of Batavia; Dr. Linda Arena of Ohio. He leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews, Tina (Dwayne) Fonda Sr., Roger (Amy) Fagan, Evelyn Davis, Dwayne Fonda Jr., Taler Fonda, Tieryn Fonda, Tate Fonda, Travis Fagan Amy Lee Fagan and Tyler Arena Fagan.
There will be no prior calling hours. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday October 19, 2010 at Resurrection Parish-St. Mary’s Church 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Genesee County ARC at 64 Walnut St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.