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Jim Charlton

LAKEVILLE — Jim Charlton of New York City and Lakeville died on Feb. 13, 2022, from complications of the seasonal flu. He was 82.  A longtime fixture in the West Village, he liked to say he lived only a few blocks from where he was born: St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1939. However, his baseball-formative years were spent in Chicago, making him a life-long Cubs fan. He graduated from New Trier High School and Western Michigan University. He also had strong childhood ties to Lakeville, spending time here with his grandmother and attending third grade at Salisbury Central School. Coming back to the area as an adult brought him immense pleasure.

Jim spent his professional career in publishing, beginning in the 1960s as a book salesman at Doubleday and rising there to editorial director in the book clubs. He left in 1978 to become editor-in-chief of Quick Fox Publishing. In 1982 he  formed James Charlton Associates and over the next three decades he packaged, agented, edited and wrote books on a wide range of subjects with a particular passion for baseball history. From 2002 to 2008 he was also the Publications Director for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), a perfect professional match. He was a board member of the Pushcart Press and a member of The Century Association.

Jim was treasured by everyone who experienced his generosity and warmth, his intelligence and humor, his optimism and kindness. He loved music and wine and the print edition of just about anything. But nothing delighted him more than bringing together his beloved family and friends for lively conversation.

He met his wife, Barbara, in 1978 at a Sunday afternoon jazz party in Greenwich Village; they married in 1982. She survives him along with their daughter, Meg Charlton; his children Anne Russell, Kevin Charlton and Tim Charlton; their spouses Jeff, Amy and Dominique; and his seven grandchildren, Tyler, Sarah, Sam, Harry, Will, Spencer and Preston. He also leaves Peter Schmidt-Nowara, who was like another son; his niece and nephews, Kris, Mike and Brian Mackerer; his  cousin, Catherine Charlton; and countless friends from all corners of his life and countless corner barstools.

Donations can be made to the Pushcart Press and to the Western Michigan University Seita Scholars Program.

A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced.

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