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James B. Lees

Born: Tue., Oct. 4, 1949
Died: Tue., Apr. 6, 2021


No services to be held


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PORT BYRON – James "Jim" B. Lees, of Port Byron, passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2021 at his home.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Cynthia (Thomas) Lees; and loving children: Thomas Lees of Auburn, Tammi Lees of Brunswick Hills, OH, and Timothy Lees of Port Byron; grandchildren: Thomas Lees, Jr., Brittan Lees, Braydon Lees, Emma Lees, Charlotte Lees, Savannah Lees, and Jordan Wilson; and great-granddaughter Summer Wilson. Jim is also survived by his parents Richard and Alma (Baker) Lees; mother-in-law Edna Thomas; siblings: Richard Lees (Barbara), Patricia Craine, Joseph Lees, and Margaret Butler; along with several cousins, nephews, and nieces. He was predeceased by his father-in-law Frank Thomas.

Jim was born in Auburn and graduated from Port Byron High School in 1967. He served in the Army from 1968-1971, and received a Bronze Medal for his service in Vietnam. Jim retired from McQuay in 2015 after 47 years.

Jim enjoyed hunting and watching sports, but nothing brought him more pleasure than spending time with his family. Jim's family was everything to him, and he was everything to his family. Jim was a devoted and loving husband, and he rarely passed up an opportunity to make his wife laugh. He was a proud and loving father and grandfather, who never missed a game, a recital, a ceremony, or a race. Jim's sacrifices are countless and his love for his family is immeasurable. Jim was taken from his family too soon and he will be deeply missed.

At Jim's request, services will not be held. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Jim's honor can do so to the Montezuma Fire Department and/or the Port Byron Fire Department.

Arrangements are being handled by the Audioun Funeral Home Port Byron.



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Sam Tratt
   Posted Sun April 11, 2021
Cynthia and family and Mother in Law Edna Thomas, my sincere sorrow for your loss. I'm keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time.

Erin Cuff
   Posted Sun April 11, 2021
Jackie and family,

I am so sorry for your loss, sending all my love to you.

Erin Cuff

Mary Jane (Slayton) Courtney
   Posted Sun April 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Growing up, I'll always remember him as a fun loving great neighbor. He is now at peace in God's hands.

Mike Kukiela
   Posted Sun April 11, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked with him for many years at Singer/Mcquay.
Please accept our condolences,
Mike and Bobbi Kukiela

Phillip Lodge
   Posted Tue April 20, 2021
My condolences. Mr. Lees sounds like he was a great guy.

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