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Obituary - James F. Pacelli

James F. Pacelli

Date of Passing: April 17th, 2008

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In lieu of flowers, kindly consider COVAC, the Clinton Fire Department, the American Lung Association or the Youth Development Fund for the American Paint Horse Association, in his memory.

Clinton James F. (Jim) Pacelli, 61, of Clinton, passed away Thursday April 17, 2008 at the Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare Center, with his family and friends by his side, after a brief illness. He was born January 21, 1947, in Rome, the son of the late Michael and Bernice Reigler Pacelli. Jim was a graduate of Rome High School, Morrisville State College and received his Bachelor's degree in business administation and accounting from Oklahoma State University. On April 24, 1970, at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford, he married Jill P. Tenbrink, a loving union of 38 years. From 1970-1976, he served with the National Guard. Jim held several executive positions with the Utica National Insurance Co. in New Hartford, prior to opening James Pacelli Accounting in Waterville. He had a great love for horses and for many years trained horses and coached riders to many state, regional and national titles through the American Paint Horse Association. For several years, Jim served as treasurer and was a past president of the Empire State Paint Horse Club and also served as financial consultant to the Clinton Comets. He was an Eagle Scout and was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and the NATP Association. He is survived by his devoted wife, Jill; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Bob and Sue Tenbrink of New Hartford and Les Tuthill of Oneida; his faithful canine companion of 13 years, Sam; special friends, Scott, Tina and Alice Smith, Ken Morris, Laurel Landphere, Walt Zainchowski, Ruth Murray and Meghan Shaw; Jim and Jills extended family, the Riley's and LePorte's; as well as many, many close friends, neighbors and clients, too numerous to mention. He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Tuthill. The funeral will be Tuesday morning at 10 at the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica/New Hartford, with The Rev. Laurie Percival-Pauley officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, New Hartford. Calling hours are Monday evening from 4-7. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of the Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare Center ICU, Dr. David Petrie and Dr. Kevin Nelson, for all their wonderful care and compassion.


Jill,I was very saddened to hear that Jim is gone. He always had good comments on my LL'rs. I will miss him at the arena side watching us show. Thinking of you, Judy
Judy Brooks

Jill, I didn't know about Jim until I got to the Delaware show. I was stunned, and of course Devon is devastated, she cried all night. I think we all enjoyed seeing how they could devil each other. His love of horses and children was apparent to all who knew him, even if we were a part of his 'weekend family". My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Lynn
Lynn Lewis

Jill, My deepest condolences to you. Jim was such a character, always had a warm smile to greet you. I will as will many that knew him miss his quick wit and presents in the ring. God bless and know he's always with you.
Cheryl Kelley

Jill We were both deeply saddened to hear that Jim was gone. He always had a smile and a hello for us. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please know that we think of you often.
Annie and Kathleen

Jill, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Bill, Rae & Regina Herbert

Dear Jill and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Jim and I were cousins as my mother and Jim's father were siblings. Jim participated in our wedding in 1962 and we'll remember him as a kind, gentle soul. God Bless.
Anita L Philipp

Dear Jill... "When we lose someone we love, The loss seems too great to bear, God sends us friends to comfort us, To show that He deeply cares." Please know that you are in my prayers!
Deirdre Davenport & Family

Jill, Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. We always enjoyed talking with Jim at the horse shows, he will be missed.
Carol Sttaub

Dear Jill I am so sorry about jim.We have been going to him for a lot of years to get our taxes done.Every time we took our taxes to him we gave honey because he told us that you enjoyed prayers are with you.Love theresa,Richard washburn
theresa and Richard washburn

Jill, So sorry to hear about Jim. I know this is a difficult time but remember he is with the Lord now and in no pain.
Tamera James

Jill, I along with many others are saddened by the passing of Jim and will miss him. I will always remember Jim as he rode his horse equipped with his breathing equipment. He showed us all that his love of horses was deeper than most anything. (Judy Moyer NJ).
Judy Moyer

Carol, Christine & I are very sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be greatly missed by the people who knew him.
Chris Brodock

Jill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us. Jimmy can start his work all over again in the heavenly skies with Tommy and Nikki. Love, Rita and Dave Hummel
Rita Hummel

Jill, So sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. Will have many memories of him during our days in Stillwater at OSU. The many drives back to Utica, towing horse trails empty and full. One time pulling a trail with a horse in the middle of snowstorm,visibility so bad, had to pull into the state fair grounds in Syracuse could not see to go any further. Or the time we are at a truck stop somewhere in Indiana, and Jim is walking the horse around all the parked riggs at the stop. He may have told you some of these stories, and they will live with me forever. Again sorry for your loss, Jim was a great guy, and I'm glad that our paths did cross, and they will again some day. Don(Stump)
Don Decker

Jill, I am so sorry for your loss. I called Jim at his office the week before Easter and then when I called back the next week after Easter, I was told he was in the hospital - such a shock! He was always such a pleasure to work with at Emlyn's office.
Pam Falcone

Dear Jill and Bob, We are so very sorry about the passing of Jim. He was a kind man who enjoyed his wife, his family, his farm and his horses. The boys enjoyed seeing the horses during our brief visit. Love, Dimitri, Melissa, Nicholas and Alexander
Dimitri Nazarenko