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James Louis Ford
  • February 23, 1947
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  • August 27, 2022

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After an all too brief but courageous battle with cancer, the family of James “Jim” L. Ford would like to announce his passing. Lately of Ocala, Florida, James dedicated his life to the education and evolution of his family and every person who crossed his path. On Saturday, August 27th died peacefully at Florida University/ Shands hospital.

It is difficult to find Little Valley, in the southern tier of New York State, but the 1,675 person population once included my dad and his parents, Willow and Donald Ford. His maternal grandmother, Carlie Ford instilled into young “Jimmy Louis” the love of learning, including any string, wind or percussive instrument he could put his hands on. An extremely gifted mathematician and budding Scientist found his way to Clarkson University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master’s degree in Business management while a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army reserves. It was in Northern New York that he met the love of his life, Penelope Rowell. Their modest backgrounds and love of music and academic pursuits brought this future Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Electrical Engineer together.

Jim Ford spent 31 years in service to the New York Power Authority culminating in Resident Manager Positions at the St. Lawrence hydroelectric project in Massena, and finally the Niagara Project in Niagara Falls, New York. When he retired in 2002, he was a leader in his field and able to start his own consulting company, Ford Group Inc. He found himself working on power projects on the West Coast. It was only a few years ago he retired to live the life of an accomplished Pianist and avid Golfer.

James L. Ford is survived by his wife of 54 years, Penelope Ford of Ocala, Florida and their children, Jordan N. Ford of Greensboro, Georgia, Jessica E. Ford of Massena, New York and Tobias D. Ford and his wife, Linda Mundy of Annapolis, Maryland. In addition, he has five grandchildren, James M. Donnelly, Orion C. Ford, Madeline D. Ford, Carlie A. Donnelly, and Aristotle D. Ford. As James Ford was born in Gloster, Mississippi, he is also survived by family in that area as well.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Baldwin Brothers of Ocala. A private family memorial service will be held in the home, August 31st, officiated by Rev. Drena Miller. Flowers can be sent to the home at 6431 SW 97th Terrace Road., Ocala, Florida 34481. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to Ocala West United Methodist Church, SW 15th Street Ocala, Florida, where Jim and Penelope were members.


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  1. Jess Ford posted an image:
    01 Sep 2022
    Family time, miss you daddy!
    Family time, miss you daddy!

  2. Linn says:
    31 Aug 2022
    Penny. I’m so sorry you lost Jim after all these years. You guys had a good ride over the 54 years..it was hard to keep track of you after we left CCC.
    MY BEST TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LINN

  3. Lubak Nadia lit a candle:
    31 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 31, 2022 at 8:42:38 PM

  4. Lubak Nadia says:
    31 Aug 2022
    We're very sad to hear about Jim's passing, our sincere condolences.
    Thierry and Nadia Lubak

  5. Nadine Brun lit a candle:
    31 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 31, 2022 at 8:47:16 PM

  6. Sutter Pierre posted an image:
    31 Aug 2022
    Jim discovers the place in Normandy/France where his Dad arrived during the Second World War
    Jim discovers the place in Normandy/France where his Dad arrived during the Second World War

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    31 Aug 2022
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  15. Gary Bandy says:
    31 Aug 2022
    My condolences to the Ford family.
    Worked for Jim at the NYPA STL project in massena.

  16. William P. Flynn says:
    31 Aug 2022
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I worked at the Power Authority in Training and Developement and knew Jim as a thoughtful leader of both St. Lawrence and Niagara.

  17. Pierre Sutter lit a candle:
    31 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 31, 2022 at 8:40:31 AM

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    Lit since August 31, 2022 at 8:05:23 AM

  19. Jacqueline Wall says:
    31 Aug 2022
    Dear Toby, Penny and families, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts as you navigate this difficult time. Take comfort in all that Jim achieved in his lifetime and all the memories and stories you have of him. Sending our love to you across the miles, Jacquie Wall, Malcolm and Rex Newman xox

  20. Jacqueline Wall says:
    31 Aug 2022
    Dear Toby, Penny and families, we are sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Take comfort in the many memories and stories you have of Jim. Our love to you all, Jacquie Wall, Malcolm and Rex Newman

  21. Jan Frazier says:
    30 Aug 2022
    Penny, Prayers and condolences to you and your family. May your faith, family, and memories sustain you. Jan and Terry Frazier

  22. Mary Elman says:
    30 Aug 2022
    Jess and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray your happy memories and love will help you through this time of sorrow. And I pray God will grant you comfort in the certainty that your beloved dad is rejoicing with Him, in heaven.

  23. Rebecca Hnatiw says:
    30 Aug 2022
    Jessica, I am so very sorry on the passing of your father. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
    Rebecca(Jordan) Hnatiw

  24. Betty Barnes says:
    30 Aug 2022
    Penny and family …I am sorry to learn of Jim’s passing….please accept my condolences to all of you at this difficult time.
    Prayers and thoughts are also sent your way.

  25. Kathy Dodge says:
    30 Aug 2022
    Jessica, and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

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