James O. Lott Jr.
Friendship — James Oliver Lott Jr. passed away on the afternoon of May 27, 2014, at his home in Friendship, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jim was 75 years old.
Jim was born in Huntington, N.Y., Feb. 25, 1939, the son of the late James Oliver Lott and Dorothy Aspinall Lott.
After graduating from Huntington (NY) High School in 1957, he graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., as a history major in 1961. At Hobart, he met his future wife Susan Gaudern Lott who was attending the sister school William Smith College. They married June 27, 1964.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served from 1962 to 1964. He was stationed in New Zealand, Hawaii, and the South Pole — areas which he would proudly say he successfully defended.
Following the military, Jim forged a successful career in insurance. After working for firms such as NBC, Travelers Insurance and WR Grace, he joined Rite Aid, eventually rising to the position of Vice President of Risk Management. During his 25 years at Rite Aid, the company grew from a regional retailer to the country’s largest drug store chain.
He enjoyed nature — bird watching, wildflowers, gardening, mowing the lawn, clearing brush, boating and fishing. He enjoyed soccer as a coach and a referee. Jim and Susan also made several hiking trips to England and Italy.
After retiring, Jim moved to Friendship, which reminded him of his childhood on Long Island. In Friendship, he was involved in community groups including the Medomak Valley Land Trust where he served on the board of directors.
He was survived by Susan, his beloved wife of 50 years; his son James O Lott III of Friendship; his son Daniel E Lott of Sandy Springs, Ga.; his daughter-in-law Jennifer L. Lott of Sandy Springs, Ga.; and his grandchildren Henry J. Lott and Katherine M. Lott of Sandy Springs, Ga. He was also survived by his cat Nala and his dog Emma.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s name may be made to: Medomak Valley Land Trust or Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice Program.
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