James Ralston Hendry, born in Bethlehem on Oct. 24, 1918, passed away on March 4, 2017, in Milton, at the age of 98.
Jim was married for 58 years to Alyce McAfee Hendry who survives.
Jim spent most of his childhood in East Orange, N.J., earning the rank of Eagle Scout, something he was proud to say for the rest of his life. In 1941, Jim graduated from Lehigh University, where he wrestled on the junior varsity team and was in ROTC. He was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
After graduating from college, and with World War II in full swing, Jim joined the Army, initially as a Second Lieutenant stationed in England. He completed his commission in 1945, having achieved the rank of Major by that time.
After returning to the U.S., Jim worked for Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company for many years before marrying his beloved Alyce in 1959. Their daughter Jamie was born in 1961, and they moved to Florida in 1964, where Jim worked in the real estate industry until his retirement in 1980.
Jim spent a tremendous amount of time with his daughter Jamie while she was a child. He was a feminist before his time, always telling Jamie she could do anything she wanted to do, regardless of her gender. He taught her to throw a football, hit a baseball, and play tennis. He even tried to teach her to horseback ride - which he loved to say he learned to do from reading an article in Sports Illustrated. Jim enjoyed carpentry, and he shared that interest with Jamie as well.
Jim was a wonderful husband, helping his wife Alyce follow her dream by launching her own antiques shop. He enjoyed playing golf as often as possible, and the whole family would watch golf on television on weekends, seeing the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson compete in classic tournaments. One of Jim's most significant gifts was an ability to train animals, something he passed on to his daughter.
In addition to his wife, Alyce, Jim is survived by his daughter, Jamie Hendry and son-in-law Thomas Gibson; his stepson, William Pearsall, of Chesapeake, Va.; and his niece, Norma Jackson, of Moraga, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John A. Hendry; his sister, Ina Hendry Jackson; and his beloved cat, Charlotte.
Jim was deeply loved and is greatly missed.
The family extends its gratitude to the staff members at Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who took care of Jim during his last two years.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VFW (vfw.org), the American Legion (legion.org), or the ASPCA (aspca.org).
Condolences may be shared at www.shawfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on March 6, 2017