Richard Jamieson, former mayor, dies at 93

Former Batavia Mayor and civic leader Richard Channing Jamieson died in his winter home in Sarasota, Florida, on January 9, 2017. He was 93 years old.

Mr. Jamieson served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. Later commissioned a lieutenant, he saw stateside duty during the Korean War.

Mr. Jamieson’s family settled in Batavia as pioneers in the early part of the 19th century. His family established the Jamieson Machine Tool Company, and the former Jamieson family home still stands at 340 E. Main St., next to the Fifth Third Bank.

Mr. Jamieson was Mayor of Batavia for 17 years, from 1959 through 1975. First elected to the Batavia Village Council in 1955, he was a Village Council member from January 1956 to March 1959. He became mayor when Mayor J.F. Paschal became Clermont County Auditor, and Mayor Jamieson subsequently was elected to four full four-year terms. He was a member of the Batavia Local School District Board of Education from January 1962 through December 1969, Chairman of the Batavia Sesquicentennial Committee, and Grand Marshall for the Batavia Bicentennial Parade.

Mr. Jamieson was the husband of Juanita (Vise) Jamieson for 19 years and the late Margaret Ann (Judd) Jamieson for 48 years. He was the father of Beth (Jeff) Armitage, Andrew (Julie nee Hulse) Jamieson, and Melissa Jamieson (Phyllis McIver), and he was the the brother of Lois Bissantz. He had five grandchildren, and he was the uncle of Cathy (Bissantz) Brown.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 277 North St., Batavia. A funeral service will follow at noon.  Memorials may be directed to the Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

Moore Family Funeral Homes is serving the family.