James R. Shreve
1926 - 2018
Lansing Funeral Home
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Lansing, NY
James R. Shreve

Lansdale, PA - James R. Shreve passed peacefully on December 29th, 2018, in Lansdale, PA. Born in Plainfield, NJ in 1926, he was the son of John Donald and Helen Shreve of Fanwood, NJ.

He graduated Scotch Plains HS (1945), where he was First Team All-State selection in football and basketball, and an inductee into Scotch Plains Hall of Fame (2006). At Syracuse University, he played football (48-50) and basketball (45-46).

"Coach Shreve" also had an amazing football coaching career: Moravian College, George Washington, Lehigh, Syracuse, Iowa State, Canastota HS and Cornell. While at Lehigh, the Engineers won their first Lambert Cup trophy in 1957. In 1959, he was also appointed Head Lacrosse Coach, where he guided Lehigh to a National Championship. In the fall of 59, Shreve started at Syracuse as Head Freshmen Football coach (record 36-4) and Recruiting Director. That first year, the Orange went 11-0 and won the National Championship. He coached legendary players Ernie Davis, Larry Czsonka, Floyd Little, John Mackey, Tom Coughlin and Cliff Ensley.

Jim was a lifelong Cubs fan and a 20-year Rotarian. He hosted a weekly sports TV show, "The Jim Shreve Show", on WHEN-TV, and served in the US. Army (46-47).

At Syracuse, he met the love of his life, Dorian Lloyd, of Buffalo, NY, and they had a loving marriage of 68 years. In retirement, Jim and Dorian lived in Ithaca, NY, for 35 years. Jim is survived by Dorian, sons James (Beverly) and Mike (Janie), sister Barb Kelly; 6 grandchildren: Justin, Kate, Suzy, Vanessa, Natalie and Michael; and 9 great grandchildren: Vesper, Evan, Lansing, Easton, Silas, Leighton, Bailey, Everett, and Cameron. He was predeceased by son Kirk and brothers Wister and Donald. Service will be held at Lansing United Methodist Church, Lansing, NY, on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to JDRF or the American Cancer Society.

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Published by Ithaca Journal on Jan. 2, 2019.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I went to Cornell in a large part because of Coach Shreve and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

I didn't play for Coach Shreve since my freshman year was 1982 but it was very evident he was a man of integrity.

My prayers are with you all.

Bob Borroff
January 27, 2019
Anthony Scibellisd
January 14, 2019
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Jim Shreve , I was a student athlete at Canastota High School and played for Coach for 3 years , and in those 3 short years he left a lasting impresssion on myself as well as many other fellow teammates at Canastota High . He loved what he did as a coach and as a mentor . I often talk about some of the memories back in high school playing football with Coach Shreve and listening to his stories of the players he coached and the successes he was part of . He will be greatly missed , my deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones . Coach Shreve if you get a chance up there in football heaven try to look up # 15 my pal Charlie Cole and study the playbook .
Scott Youngkrans
January 8, 2019
Scott Youngkrans
January 8, 2019
Scott Youngkrans
January 8, 2019
Scott Youngkrans
January 8, 2019
Very sorry he hear about the passing of Coach Shreve , I was a student athlete at Canastota High School , one of many that was priveledged to have him as there coach , I have many fond memories of what I learned from Coach Shreve on and off the field , reading your obituary I'm sure that you had the same effect on hundreds of athletes like myself
January 8, 2019
So sorry for jim's passing. He was a wonderful human being. He recruited our son,Steve Garrison in 1980 to play football at Cornell Univ.Prayers to family.
rich & dottie Garrison
January 8, 2019
Rich &Dottie Garrison
January 8, 2019
Coach Shreve was a wonderful coach and even a better man. He will be missed. Sending deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

Ron Rejda
Cornell Football Class of 1981
Ron Rejda
January 7, 2019
I had the honor of being recruited by Coach Shreve in 1977. He was a great man who cared for his players on and off the field. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family
Jim DeStefano
January 7, 2019
To Mrs Shreve and all the Shreve Family:

Sorry to hear the recent news of Coach's passing. Coach Shreve recruited me to attend and play football for the Big Red . His dedication , passion and love for Cornell were all big reasons that helped lead my choice to attend Cornell.
Coach was a great man and I am thankful for his presence and confidence in me during the recruiting process.
May God's presence fill all of you with the Faith and strength needed during this time.

Steve "Walt" Garrison 85'
January 7, 2019
Coach Shreve recruited me and many of my Cornell teammates, who are now lifelong friends of mine. It was because of coach that I went to Cornell, and I am forever grateful to him for helping me attend Cornell and have these amazing friendships. He is Cornell to me, and always will be. Thanks Coach for your encouragement, and always upbeat and caring guidance. I feel blessed to have had you in my life as a friend and coach. God Bless you Coach Shreve.
Dave Menapace
January 7, 2019
Coach Shreve was a caring and wonderful man who truly wanted the best for his players. He was often funny (sometimes without intending to be!) and energetic. All the best to his family.

- Alva Taylor (WR-'82)
January 7, 2019
Coach Shreve was my position Coach at Cornell. He was a warm, funny, smart and good man. He had a profound impact on my life and career. Godspeed Coach.
Dean Barr
January 7, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Shreve family. Mr. Shreve made an indelible mark on my life when he coached at Canastota High School my sophomore, junior and senior years. As a coach, motivator and mentor he was second to none. I have recalled thousands of times since those days on the football field Mr. Shreve pointing and waving his index finger at me followed by discipline is 90% anticipation. I ran into Floyd Little 5-6 years ago and we reminisced on how Mr. Shreve came into and impacted our lifes - Floyd told me how Mr. Shreve had visited him with Ernie Davis - Floyd's idol - to convince him to come to SU after Floyd had committed to Notre Dame. Mr. Shreve made me a better football player, athlete, person and student, as he did with en endless number of student athletes. I am forever grateful our lives crossed paths. My favorite sports photo was taken at VVS in the fall of 1976 - it was 4th & 10 at a critical part of the game and he called timeout - we were on the sidelines as we discussed what play to call. We ran a spit end out and completed a pass 11 yards - went on to score a touchdown and win the game. We played at Clinton that year and won the game, however, Mr. Shreve was not impressed with our effort and after the 30 plus minute bus ride home in full pads Mr. Shreve had us run through a full practice upon our return to the high school. All the plays diagramed on cafeteria napkins at lunch time, etc. etc.. I have too many memories to share, however will continue to fondly recall with teammates and friends. RIP Mr. Shreve!
John Aquino
January 7, 2019
To Dorian & Family

I am very saddened to hear of the passing of one of my favorite people. Jim's sports accomplishments are impressive. In addition to those stated, he was also a champion ping pong player. I attended his Syracuse Hall of Fame ceremony with Dorian and was so proud of my friend. He loved golf in retirement & became a darn good senior golfer. Above all his accolades, Jim was an exceptionally good man who led by example. He was gentle, yet tough as evidenced by having 2 knee replacements at the same time, & playing golf a short while later. He'll be missed.
Jim Atsedes
January 4, 2019
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. May you find comfort from God at this time of sorrow. Have faith you will see your father again. 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
Renie Mrs.S
January 3, 2019
My prayers are with your family Mike. He had a great life in sports and raised a good family. Bless you all. Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson
January 3, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of a great man and coach. He could light up a room with his presence. I have known the coach since the 60,s and he was the best. He loved his family and always talked about them all when we had our little chats. I helped him a lot with Airline stuff and he repaid me with a token of our friendship by giving me a Rawlings baseball glove that I used for 30 years of playing ball and I still have it to this day. A sad day for us was when he announced he was going to Iowa State but he returned to us. God Bless all the Shrive family and thank-you for letting us know this man.RIP
bob dadey
January 3, 2019
Jim served as a role model and inspiration for so many young men . He will be sadly missed
But the ledgend lives on .
Tony Paskevich
January 2, 2019
Mike, Janie & the Shreve family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Judy & Kevin Wolfe
Judy Wolfe
January 2, 2019
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