FULTON, NY – Michael “Bumpa” Jessmore, 68, formerly of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday June 10, 2014, at his St. Petersburg, Fla., home with his family at his bedside after a long illness.
He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Linda; along with five daughters: Teri (Dale) Christensen of Hawaii, Mary Beth (David) Crouch of Clearwater, Fla, Michelle (Kevin) LaFave of Palm Harbor, Fla., Mollie (Frank) Renee of Fulton, and Monique Jessmore of St. Petersburg, Fla.
He is also survived by three siblings; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jessmore was predeceased by his brother, John Jessmore.
Michael was born in Fulton on April 23, 1946, to the late Harold and Frances Jessmore.
After graduating high school, he was employed by Riverside Dairy, Fulton, delivering milk to homes and local grocery stores.
In 1968, he joined Local #38 Painters & Allied Trades, Oswego, NY, and served as vice president.
In 1988, he and his wife moved to Kissimmee, Fla., where he worked at Disney World with Local #1010 where he also served as past president.
During his time in Florida he spearheaded many volunteer efforts including organizing volunteers to paint at “Give Kids the World,” Orlando and he traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to help beautify the city by painting some run-down areas before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
His efforts and hard work were nationally recognized when he was presented with the Presidential Award in Washington, D.C.
Michael retired from Disney in 2000 and returned to Fulton, where he continued his volunteering with the help of his friends by painting buildings at Camp Hollis where he also served on the board.
When his grandchildren were involved in Pop Warner he tried to help maintain the facilities by painting the bleachers, snack bars, and goal posts with his son-in-law David Crouch.
Michael loved traveling, spending time with his family, and traveling with the family in a caravan of cars with him in the lead.
Michael also loved to golf and was well known for his sense of humor and quick wit.
He was never short on jokes or making people laugh.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Jerome Amaechi.
Burial will be held privately.
Calling hours will be conducted Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.