James E. Jewell

James “Jay” Edward Jewell, 65, passed away on August 14th at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania due to complications associated with cancer.

Jay was born and raised in Salamanca, New York.  He was the proud son of Alfred “Pie” and Ann “Lotta” (Fitzpatrick) Jewell, both of whom predeceased Jay.

Jay moved to Pennsylvania in the late 1970’s after graduating from Salem College in Salem, West Virginia.  He spent over ten years residing in Lebanon, PA and more recently lived in Elizabethtown, PA where he raised his family.  Jay retired from FRESH CREATIVE Inc. in Lebanon after 17 years.  

Jay was a husband, a father, brother, uncle and friend to many. He loved spending time with his family and going back to visit his hometown in Western New York.  One of Jay’s best traits was his ability to brighten up one’s day and bring laughter and joy to every conversation.  He could be best described as loving, caring, self-less, active, fun, loyal and most of all, private. 

Jay loved reading the newspaper.  He was an avid follower of Elizabethtown High School and local college athletics, Salamanca (NY) High School Athletics, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Jewell and their two sons, Christopher “CJ” and Lucas “Luc” Jewell.  He is also survived by his sister, Johannah “Hannah” Jewell and brother, Lewis “Lewie” Jewell.

In accordance with Jay’s wishes, no funeral or memorial services will be held.  If desired, donations may be made in his honor to:

Hospice & Community Care

685 Good Drive PO Box 4125

Lancaster, PA  17604. 

Please include Jay’s name in the check memo line.

Online contributions can be made online at: https://www.hospiceconnect.org/give

There, you will be able to enter Jay’s name in the Tribute section.


Salamanca Area Historical Society and Museum

125 Main Street

P.O. Box 23

Salamanca, New York 14779

(716) 945–2946

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  • So very sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. May God’s gracious blessings be with the Jewell family during this difficult time.

  • I played on several sports teams with Jay. From Pee-Wee baseball to High School football, I’ll remember him as a dedicated and inspirational leader on the field and a kind and generous person off. My sincere condolences to all.

  • Wendy, my deepest condolences for your family. Jay was a great person. Many fond memories growing up and playing sports together. Prayers for the entire Jewell family.

  • Wendy and family, my deepest condolences. Jay was a great friend growing up. I know he was a great husband and father. Many fond memories of Jay growing up. Prayers from my family fir all.

  • Love and prayers to Wendy and boys also to Lewie and Hannah, Jay was loved by all who knew him, he was a
    Neighbor growing up and a classmate, I will always remember his smile.

  • I am so saddened with his passing. We played fast pitch softball together winning the championship bringing back wonderful memories. He was an inspiring friend, athlete, and outstanding caring person. He always wore those classy white spikes when he played. My thoughts to his family. God bless Jay.

  • Jay was always very kind and funny growing up. I will be praying for you and your family to have strength in the coming months. God bless you.

  • Jay was a heck of an athlete at Salamanca High and always had that infectious laugh and smile. Sad to lose friends like Jay.

  • Wendy and family – I was in homeroom with Jay from 7th-12th grade. He always had the best laugh! Prayers to you during this difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear about Jay ! I went to school with him in Salamanca ,NY .Prayers to the family!!

  • Wendy, we are so very sorry to see this. Sending prayers and hugs to you and family.

  • Wendy,
    As I celebrate Jay’s life, his positive winning attitude is foremost in my memory.
    All my best,

  • Wendy,
    As I celebrate Jay’s life, his positive winning attitude is foremost in my memory.
    All my best,
    Mark Wescott

  • Wendy and family, so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family. Sincerely Debbi Hoag

  • George and I were so sad to hear of the passing of Jay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • So sorry to hear of Jay’s passing, went to school with Jay you couldn’t of met a more down to earth person always humble,my condolences to Wendy and boys and family

  • So sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. Another great person lost from our Sally High Class of 72. Sending thoughts of comfort and prayers to Wendy and family.

  • Sorry for your loss, Wendy. We loved Jay in High School . I have not seen him since then , but I have often thought of you both. Prayers and sympathy during this difficult time of grieving for your husband and father of your children.

  • So sorry for your family’s loss. Jay was “a fine, upstanding” guy! Our condolences to you and your family.
    Steve and Denise

  • I went to High School with Jay. I will always remember him with a smile on his face. Truly sorry for your family’s loss.

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Jay. Jay had such a great personality. He was always a good friend to us and Johnny K loved playing basketball with him. He will be sorely missed.
    Kim and Johnny K

  • We will always remember Jay for his witty personality and his kind and gentle disposition. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Eigil & Lisa

  • Wendy,Cj and Lucas, our hearts are filled with sorrow on the passing of dad, husband and best friend. He will always be in your hearts. May you always remember the great times you shared. Gone too soon, but never forgotten. Love Barry and Brenda

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