James Arthur Ferris



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James Arthur Ferris

From Spencerport NY, resided in Twin Falls ID, Thursday, May 12, 2022 at age 55.  Predeceased by his parents, George and Norma Ferris.  Survived by his daughter, Samantha Santiago; his grandson, Caiden Santiago; his siblings, Edward Ferris, David (Chan) Ferris, Helen (Joseph) Nesser, George Ferris; nieces and nephews, Daniel, Maria (Major Richard) Benkovics, Gonzalo, Tony (Melissa), Katherine, Matthew, Joshua, Grace, Joseph III and Mariah; many dear friends.  James loved the Dallas Cowboys, gardening, grilling, spending time around campfires, fishing, hunting, golfing, carpentry and spending time with his family.  He will be missed by his dog, Dallas and his cat, Kitters.  The family was privileged and blessed to have him in their lives.  He was the best father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  “I love you always and forever dad”; “Big like a Church”

How about those Cowboys!!!!

Friends may call Thursday (May 19th) 4-7 PM at VAY-SCHLEICH AND MEESON, 1075 Long Pond Road.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (May 20th) 10:00 AM at St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, NY.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory. 


  1. Samantha on May 17, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Dad words cant explain how hurt I feel. I miss you so much and wish I could of had more time with you so we could talk and joke around like we used to. Dad i promise you I will tell Caiden about you someday when he gets older and tell him how cool his papa James was. I am so proud to call you my dad. You were the strongest person I knew. You always told me to live life like no one was watching. I promise to keep making you proud everyday. Dad please watch over me and guide me from heaven. I love you so much with all my heart. Love sam xoxo

  2. Joshua W Ferris on May 18, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Dearest Father, we ask for your grace today despite our pride. Your forgiveness despite our doubt. Most of all, we ask for your love to soothe us through tough times. Until we meet again, Love your nephew Josh

  3. Whitney Gardner on May 18, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Uncle James I truly miss you! I loved the family gatherings in Lava and all the holiday’s we spent laughing and watching football! You will be missed and never forgotten! Thank you for always being a genuine part of our family and loving all of us as family! May you rest in peace Uncle ❤️ Love you

  4. Laura Clements on May 18, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    James Thank you for being a faithful companion to my sister Tammie for the last 9 years. I know you love her with your whole heart ❤️ We enjoyed having you here in Idaho during that time. You will be missed at family functions. I know you are in the arms of your loving mom! Rest In Peace. Laura

  5. Theresa Wilson on May 18, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  6. Tammie Aasa on May 18, 2022 at 9:34 pm


  7. Kathy Sabey on May 18, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    James, you will be missed. I felt special to have been able to call you my friend. God will look after Tammi. RIP

  8. Laura Cannizzo on May 19, 2022 at 12:54 pm


  9. Mary Davis on May 19, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Jimmy, you were such a cutie. I know we didn’t see each other a lot, but I will be forever grateful for the few times I had the chance to hang out with you. Your phone calls always made me laugh, and I am so grateful I got to see you at your mom’s 80th. You will always be my little cousin, and I will cherish the memories I have of us. I will miss you James! I hope you know I loved you even if we were miles apart. My deepest sympathy to the rest of my family. Time goes by so fast, and now it only makes me need to see you all the more. I love you all.

  10. Michael F. Browning on May 19, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    I first met James, the man I’d soon come to consider as not only one my closest and dearest friends in this world but also as my brother, back in the summer of 2017. Shortly after moving into the small house behind the one he shared with his apparent soulmate Tammie I met James in our driveway and with the words "so you’re a big Cowboys fan too, huh?" (I’d seen the Cowboys flags flying proudly from his porch) the foundation for an incredible friendship and unbreakable bond was created. Following that James and I began to get to know each other through our interactions around the house and the usual comings and goings as neighbors. Then one evening I was privileged to have James invite me to join him for one of his cherished campfires and it was that night I realized that this would become a friendship that was truly special. James and I spent the next five plus hours talking about virtually everything, our childhoods, family, shared interests, of course our beloved Cowboys, you name it. We even learned that both our mothers had grown up in Warwick RI. When I finally got to bed at 3 a m I knew I’d found more than just a real good neighbor. After that James and I would always find ways to spend time together, watching football, working on various home improvement projects, taking trips to Lowes so James could add to his tool collection, BBQs etc. Campfires became a nightly ritual and was always our favorite time. If it got dark and I wasn’t outside already I could expect either a knock on my door or a text with a picture of the fire burning, my cue to get out there. James and I established in just months a closeness that with others had taken years. It was just that easy to be his friend. To me it was obvious James’s greatest loves were Tammie (they were just made for each other), his family, Dallas his dog, his cats, his toolshed (complete with AC, heater, fridge, stereo and his prized tool collection),his garden, grilling, of course our Cowboys and those campfires. I can’t count the hours we spent around that fire pit. James is the very personification of what a true friend really is and I will always feel extremely honored, privileged, lucky, and blessed to have had him as mine. James, I love you brother. Thank you for all you brought to my life and for all the great times and memories. You’re always in my heart and in my thoughts. We’ll have another campfire one day, buddy. Count on it. GO COWBOYS!!!

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