Rochester NY: Passed away peacefully at the age of 49 on January 6, 2017 after a 14 month battle with cancer. Jim leaves behind his loving wife and partner of 21 years Rachael Archibald, children Ann (Rory) O’Connor, Rich Routly and Christapher (Erica) Routly, sister Betty (Carlos) Solivan, sister-in-law Lee Ann Archibald, nieces and nephews. He will also be dearly missed by his 5 grandchildren Tyler, Nathanial, Cadence, Alexandria, and Samuel.
Jim was pre deceased by his father Lawrence Archibald, his mother Emily (Patterson) Archibald, his brothers Ken, Steve, Andy, and Tommy Archibald.
Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Jim was also an entertainer. Whether it was drumming in the various bands he had been part of over the years, DJing weddings, benefits, proms for School of the Holy Childhood, or doing sound and lights for other bands and any CURE events he was available for, Jim put his everything in to it.
A Service for friends and family to remember Jim will be held in the All Seasons Chapel at the White Haven Memorial Park on January 20, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friends are welcome to join us that evening at Nashville’s (Rochester), one of Jim’s favorite venues, to see Download, one of Jim’s favorite bands, people he loved working with, and a great group of guys to celebrate Jim’s life.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CURE Childhood Cancer Association, 200 Westfall Rd., Rochester , N.Y. 14620 or online at Curekidscancer.com
Jim was a great guy and an honest true friend, Remember the Day’s we use to hang out in the attic with Dave, Aaron and ,Ethan …….rockin out and friends just hanging out…..and of course getting into mischief as young guy’s do…. he will be truly missed……and do my condolences to the family…..Scott!
I had some great times with you at the Cure poker run every year. You taught me a lot and I can now roll cable like an expert. You helped me and Jeff when we needed you. You always jumped at the chance to help others. The first song I heard you play was Free Bird and now you are free as a bird. I will never forget you!
I am so sorry for your loss. My love to you and your family.
I’m still in shock & don’t think it’ll sink in for awhile that Jim has gone on to his final reward. Had some great times playing with him in Ransom & the Villa Street Blues Band & he always did a great job running sound when needed. I know he’ll be greatly missed by his family, friends & the countless people whose lives he touched & made just a little bit better. Rest in peace Jim & God willing I’ll see you again someday.
I always considered Jim as “one of my boys”! I met him when he was 12. He worked the concession carts at Bingo on the Sunday evenings when my team worked along with my sons James and Chris, and they all played football at the park on weekend afternoons! Then years later in the mid 90’s I went to see a Ransom show out in Caledonia and he recognized me, called me by name and since boys grow into handsome men he had to tell me who he was because I didn’t recognize him, he had grown up. Ever since then I would often see him and when he found out I was an artist and I painted covered bridges on canvas he made sure that I kept him in mind so he could acquire some or all of them. I will miss his hugs and his smiles and his masterful performances on the drums. He was one of the best! Some day, God willing, I will be seeing all of “my boys” (Jim and my son James and others from the neighborhood) who have gone before me in a better place. I think of all the people who have been influenced by a life such as Jim has had and I know that there will always be memories that will bring a smile to their faces and warmth in their hearts! He has touched so many people and I know he will be missed by us all! Rest In Peace Jim! My condolences to all your family and friends!
We will always remember Jim from his early days, just learning how to play the drums, working on many different vehicles, boy scouts, camping and hanging with his friends and family. Jim always had a smile no matter what- in good, or bad times. He, and my brother, Jim McAllister, the Roberts boys, could always find something to do.. he will be missed by many, but will still be smiling from above.