October 29, 1950 - August 17, 2020
Waverly, New York
August 17, 2020
October 29, 1950
Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Waverly High School Auditorium, 1 Frederick Street, Waverly, New York
James T. McCloe, 69, of Waverly passed away peacefully at his home in Williamsburg, Virginia on Monday, August 17thafter a battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. Jim was an integral part of Waverly High School first as a student-athlete, and then returning as a teacher, wrestling coach, and Athletic Director. He and his wife also owned and operated three local businesses including Camp Olympia, McCloe’s Storage and Apple Ridge Bed & Breakfast. Throughout all of his life experiences, Jim was able to touch the lives of so many throughout the community and beyond.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Cindy of 48 years. He is also survived by his adoring daughters and their families; Kristi (Eric) Clayton of Williamsburg, Tori (Aaron) Freeman of Williamsburg, and Brandi (Peter) Rogers of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was an amazing “Papa” to Reid and Walker Clayton, Grace Freeman and Isabella and Gabe Rogers. He is also survived by his loving family, including his mother Helen (Ennis) McCloe, brother Duane (Patty) McCloe, sister-in-law Cathy (Paul) Petrozzo of Danville, Virginia, brother-in-law Scott (Cara) Tyrrell of Horseheads, nephew Tom McCloe, niece Lisa (Tony) Jenner, nephew Cole Jenner, niece Hali Jenner, niece Melissa Harris of Binghamton, Josh (Michelle) Schwartz of Sidney, nephews Jacob and Mikey Schwartz, and niece Brooke Tyrrell of Richmond, Virginia. He was predeceased by his father James McCloe, uncle Kenneth McCloe, father-in-law Ray Tyrrell and mother-in-law Alyce Tyrrell.
Jim was born to parents James and Helen McCloe of Waverly, New York on October 29, 1950. Jim’s upbringing and working alongside his father and brother in the family business instilled a strong work ethic early in his life. As a student at Waverly High School, he was an Eagle Scout and a stand-out athlete, earning multiple awards in football, wrestling and track. It was his love of wrestling that launched his outstanding collegiate career at SUNY Delhi, where he earned a National Junior College Championship in 1971. In the fall of 1971, Jim was recruited to wrestle at Division I East Carolina University. While at ECU, Jim won many titles including: two-time North Carolina Collegiate Champion, Southern Conference Champion, 1st and 4th at the prestigious Wilkes Tournament, Two-time First Colonies Champion, the Pembroke Open Champion, the Maryland Federation tournament Champion, was selected to the NCAA East-West All Star Team and was an NCAA qualifier. After graduating from ECU with his degree in Education, he became a graduate assistant and coach at West Chester University where he was awarded his master’s degree. He concluded his academic career with an Administrative degree from SUNY Cortland in 1988.
Jim returned to Waverly in 1975 with his wife, Cindy and raised their three daughters while developing an outstanding wrestling dynasty with his best friend, Charlie Hughes and the support of family and friends. Coach Jim McCloe retired from Waverly High School in 2007 after serving thirty-three years as Head Wrestling Coach of an incredibly successful wrestling program. For sixteen of those years, he was also the Director of Athletics for the district. Prior to that, Jim taught Health and Physical Education and coached JV football.
Over those thirty-three years, Jim’s teams won fourteen Section IV Team Championships and he coached forty Section IV Individual Champions, seven New York State Champions, and twenty-one NYS place winners, and six National High School All-Americans. Overall, he coached his teams to four hundred thirty-five dual meet victories. In recognition of his efforts and accomplishments, Jim was named Section IV Coach of the Year seven times and New York Wrestling Coach of the Year twice. He was elected to the National Junior College Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1985, the Waverly High School Hall of Fame in 1999, he was one of eight finalists for the honor of National High School Coaches Association coach of the Year in 2007, and inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008 and Section IV Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2016, he was inducted into the SUNY Delhi Hall of Fall for his accomplishments as an athlete.
Of all his life accomplishments, Jim could be heard saying that one of his favorites was his time spent in retirement. He was the best Papa that any grandchild could ask for and was always cheering them on in their activities from near and far. He loved to be outdoors with his grandchildren, playing games and sharing his love of gardening. He enjoyed cheering on East Carolina University, Ohio State and Alabama sports with his family and especially enjoyed tailgating with his antique car at ECU football games. Jim and Cindy were able to vacation in some amazing locations and enjoyed world-wide travel. He always looked forward to returning to Waverly to the annual class of ‘69 reunions that his good friend, Jerry Arnold hosted. Jim’s smile and contagious laugh during the good times will be cherished forever. His strength and encouragement will continue to be felt during the toughest times.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Waverly High School Auditorium, 1 Frederick Street, Waverly, New York with a reception to follow in the cafeteria. We will follow all current COVID recommendations for seating and social distancing. For those who are unable to attend the service, the service will be live streamed on YouTube on the WNN Wolverine News Network. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waverly Youth Recreation Department located at Village of Waverly, 32 Ithaca Street, Waverly, NY 14892. In addition, the Jim McCloe Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created through Waverly High School to honor Jim’s life and legacy. To contribute to the scholarship fund, donations may be sent to the Waverly Administration Office, 15 Frederick Street, Waverly, NY 14892. The family is being locally assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.
From: Cody Dragoo
I am saddened to hear of Mr. McCloe's passing. Both Mr. & Mrs. McCloe were teachers of mine in high school. He was a very energetic man that always wore a smile on his face. My heart goes out to his family.