In Loving Memory of James Michael Slusarczyk (1952 – 2024)
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of a cherished family pillar, James
Michael Slusarczyk, affectionately known to all as "Big Jim," on January 14, 2024. A
devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and a magnetic personality in every
gathering, Big Jim will be deeply missed.
Born in 1952, Big Jim was blessed with a larger-than-life personality that radiated joy to
all around him. His gift for storytelling was unparalleled, and his infectious, hearty
laughter became the soundtrack of every gathering. No one could resist his vibrant
spirit, making it nearly impossible to feel sadness in his presence.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Big Jim’s adventures were the source of many of his
captivating tales, each more thrilling than the last, shared with a gleaming smile and
Big Jim devoted over three decades of his life to the New York State Parks Department,
leaving a lasting legacy upon his retirement as a Park Manager in 2007. His work was
an extension of his passion for the world around him, and he played a pivotal role in
preserving the state's natural beauty.
Big Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Roxanne. He was a devoted father
to his daughters, Jennifer, married to Samuel Lewis, and Marissa, married to Tim Sodhi.
His love was further extended to his six grandchildren: Logan, Ella, Wyatt, Isabella,
Norah, and Oliver. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Tillapaugh, and his brother,
Paul Slusarczyk. A beacon of love and strength for his family, Big Jim's boundless
affection was the source of their joy, and his memory will continue to guide them.
A celebration of Big Jim's impactful life is planned for the summer in New York. This will
be a time to honor a man who lived life to its fullest, touched many lives, and brought
happiness to everyone he encountered. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made in Big Jim’s name to Friends of Letchworth State Park
https://www.friendsofletchworth.com/product/donate/ or to the American Diabetes
Remembering Big Jim, we recall a man full of love, laughter, and life. His stories will
continue to resonate in our hearts, his laughter will echo in our ears, and his love will
guide us in our darkest times.
Rest peacefully, Big Jim. Your joyful spirit, love, and unforgettable tales will forever
remain etched in our hearts. Your light continues to shine within us, a testament to a life
beautifully lived. Life was truly brighter with you in it.