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James George Hobales

August 27, 1929January 11, 2021

James George Hobales, 91 years young, married twice to two beautiful women Florence Hobales and Nancy Estock Hobales. He was born in Elmira, New York August 27, 1929. He grew up in Darby, Pa, drove the milk wagon and fell in love with horses from that moment on. He then went on to ride on the back of the train every day to the closest track to work on the horses and smooze his way in to learn how to ride. We visited in 2017 and he saw the same train running the same tracks, warmed his heart. He rode in Saratoga in the 50's Belmont, Monmouth, and maybe a little at Aqueduct. In the late 60, early 70's he worked in Florida, Hialeah Race Track, Tropical, Gulfstream, but mostly Calder. He worked at Calder Race Track for 70 years, he was so proud to be a part of Calder Race Track, it was a true love of his. Jimmy was also an entertainer and played his Harmonica for anyone and everyone. Our Father was predeceased by his Parents George Hobales and Georgia Stathakis, John Hobales brother, his wife Florence Hobales, second wife Nancy Hobales, he was survived by his three incredible sons Jim Scott Hobales, Jeff Hobales, John Hobales, daughter Jackie Hobales, his one and only beautiful granddaughter Nicole Hobales, His three handsome grandsons, James Hobales, Mark Hobales, Andrew Hobales, his two grandogs Maison, Dexter. He also had step children Stephanie and Julie, Zach, Dillian, Cody. He loved each and everyone of his family members unconditionally.


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Pamela Hyde

January 19, 2021

There will Never be another Friend like My Jimmy the Greek.
He was always my dance partner when we went to see my Damon's band play.
Hugs to his family and I am sure he is in Heaven playing his harmonica with Damon :-)

I attached a photo I took of Jimmy with one of his favorite horses
at the Calder race Track. Now..that was true love.

Shirley Legg

January 18, 2021

I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Jimmy very long before he passed! But I felt like I had known him all my life. He was sweet and so kind and he could set that harmonica on fire! I will miss you Jimmy and so thankful that I got to meet and be a friend with someone that was just a very sweet soul!

Linda Rednour

January 18, 2021

And now our beloved Jimmy rests in the Winner's Circle 🌹 πŸŽπŸ’πŸŒΉπŸ†πŸ‡πŸŒˆ 🎼🎢 Jimmy, we love you forever πŸ’–

Pam & Paul Swann

January 18, 2021

Jim, Jeff, Johnny and Jackie,

Our deepest sorrow on the passing of your Dad . I am so glad we got to see him again and hear all of his wonderful stories. I know he will be greatly missed to all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you always. Much love.

Lisa Gersony

January 18, 2021

Our deepest condolences. I miss your Dad each day when I pass your house. I know he and Mason would have come to the fence to greet Parker and I. Over the years, we had many good chats and I learned about his interesting life and kind heart. He really loved his family and would talk about all his kids proudly. Rest In Peace.

Karen and Bill Moore

January 17, 2021

Jackie You know how much we loved your dad. We wish all the family our condolences in the loss of this great man and will continue in prayer for God’s Holy Comforter to be with you in the coming days.

Roy and Lori Albert

January 16, 2021

Jim, Jeff, Johnny and my dearest Jackie....
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of a Great Man. Mr H lived a long wonderful life. Great Father, uncle, grandpa and friends to all. He will be missed lots of good memories to share. Love to the entire family. We Love you all. Roy & Lori and the family πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™.

Doreen Dettmann

January 15, 2021

I wanted to tell you how heavy my heart is to hear that you lost the man of your life. Fathers are our very first and most special men we love and cherish forever. I am so sorry to all of the family and I hope and pray that you can all be strong for one another as you grieve and miss such such a wonderful father. Jackie, prayers for you to find some peace and comfort in such a devastating time. Your Friend, Doreen

kathleen moore

January 15, 2021

Thank you Jim for all the wonderful memories .We had some great times !

Linda Blair

January 15, 2021

For my friend, Jimmy, 🌹 I will never forget our wonderful times together. We would call each other "best friends.". I will always remember our marathon discussions about horse racing ! !! You had an amazing memory and I loved every story that you told me. You will be missed by So many people, especially your devoted daughter, Jackie and the wonderful Maison, your little shadow! Rest in peace my friend. You had an amazing life!!!! Love, Linda πŸ’”