Jay Shoemaker, age 93, passed away peacefully into eternal life on May 14th, 2021. Jay was born in Johnson City on January 10th, 1928, the son of the late Harry and Luella (Letts) Shoemaker. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Eleanor, of 53 years, just 1 day before on May 13th, 2021. He was also preceded in death by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce Ann & Charles Moore, and great-nephew Geoffrey Eck. He is survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Geraldine & Richard Cary. He is also survived by 2 nephews, Richard Jr. (Joan) & Andrew; 5 nieces, Mary, Susan, AnnMarie (Rick), Diane & Kathleen; 5 great-nephews Richard C. (Kareena), Jason (Dustin), Richard J. III (Megan), Matthew & Benjamin; 5 great-nieces, Amanda (Pete), Alexandria (Matt), Cheryl (Lance), Alexa (Jake) & Danielle; 5 great-great-nephews, Miles, James, Wyatt, Chase & Richard J. IV.; and 6 great-great-nieces, Ella, Maddison, Sadie, Caroline, Morgan & Evelyn. Jay was a 1946 graduate of Johnson City High School and following his service to his country in the Army National Guard, he enjoyed a successful career with International Business Machines (IBM) and was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. Following his retirement, he enjoyed many years of wintering in sunny Florida attending many spring training baseball games over the years. Jay’s faith remained strong as he tackled several challenges in the days prior to his passing. Jay’s wife, her extended family & horse racing were his greatest joys. He loved to hear stories and receive cards and photos of all the “kids”.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his staff of doctors at UHS Wilson ER & ICU units as well as but not limited to Dr. Simpson and Dr. Lorraine.
In addition, we wish to extend our most sincere thanks for the very compassionate care Jay received prior to his passing provided by the kind and helpful nurses and supporting staff at UHS Wilson ER, ICU and North Tower 5…..what a great job they do!!
Per Jay’s request, there will be no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be made to the All Saints Episcopal church of Johnson City food pantry, Broome County CHOW or a charity of your choice in his name.
Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott, New York with graveside services held at the convenience of the family.