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James “Jim” P. Baybutt, 71, of Henrietta NY, died August 14, 2023, in the Hospice and Palliative Care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital following an unfortunate fall. Jim’s adoring, sweet blue eyes, well-mannered demeanor and humor shined during his last weeks and was a blessing to his loved ones. Leading up to his passing, his family embraced him with love and compassion. Many hours were spent by his bedside reminiscing and celebrating his life. It was a special time in which Jim was able to participate.
Jim was predeceased by his wife, Joanne (Mitchell) Baybutt, as well as his brother Jack Baybutt, father Irving “Bud” Baybutt MD, and brother in-law Charles “Chuck” Dolan.
Jim is survived by his mother, Betty (Pearson) Baybutt, children Teresa Halbert and Edward “Eddie” Baybutt, siblings Martha Dolan, Thomas (Karen) Baybutt, and Charlotte (Patrick) McCabe, as well as nieces and nephew, Sarah (Rich) Flaherty, Caitlin and Daniel McCabe, and great nephew Charlie Flaherty.
Jim was born January 26, 1952, to Betty (Pearson) Baybutt and Irving “Bud” Baybutt MD in Rochester, NY. He grew up in the town of Greece, NY, and graduated from Greece Arcadia High School in 1970 with a perfect attendance record. He went on to earn an associate’s degree from the Technical College at Alfred (Alfred State College) in 1972. He spent the majority of his career working for Kodak as a Quality Control Inspector, retiring at the age of 62.
Jim was a dedicated and loving son, dad, brother, cousin, and friend. He was incredibly kind and supportive with a gift for tinkering and fixing things. In his youth he spent time taking cars, bikes, appliances, and anything with nuts and bolts apart and would then rebuild them. Often, there would be a few “spare” parts leftover, but the machine would surprisingly still work (he just made it better with fewer parts). In addition to tinkering, he spent time fishing, hunting, swimming, camping, working on his home, and attending car shows. Jim will be sorely missed, but his impact and memory will live on in the hearts of his loved ones.
Friends may call on Friday August 18, 2023 from 6-8 PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. (3325 Winton Road South).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s honor to UR Medicine Hospice, 2180 Empire Boulevard, Webster, NY 15480, https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/home-care/hospice-care/donations.aspx