Class of 1943
Jim Fabino graduated from Lyons Central School in1943. He played J.V. basketball and football, but could not play varsity sports because they were cancelled during World War II. After high school, Jim enlisted in the army and served for three years. Upon his return home, Jim began a long career of both coaching and supporting sports in the Lyons community. In the early 1950s, he coached American Legion baseball, winning the district championship in 1957. During that time, he also coached his church basketball team.
Because of his extensive knowledge of the building, Jim was asked to participate in the construction of the new Lyons High School in 1954. He worked for the school district for thirty-one years, retiring in 1980. During that time, his sports-related projects provided Lyons with some of the finest athletic facilities in the region. After completing construction of the football field, he worked with volunteers to raise money to install lights. He followed that with a fund raising effort for the new scoreboard. Jim also built the school’s first field house, its first press box, its first concession stand, and the baseball field. All of these projects were completed with little or no financial impact to the tax payers of the school district because he was so successful at recruiting volunteers and soliciting donations. Because of his hard work and dedication to the school, he was honored with the 1980 school yearbook dedication.
Jim served on the Lyons Village Board for thirteen years. He is currently the Lyons Town Supervisor, a position he has had for twenty-three years. He can be seen nearly everyday carrying out the duties of his position and even goes above and beyond the title by working at the town-owned cemeteries. Together with Pete Stripe, he led a community effort to construct the Lyons “Wall of Honor”, which will recognize local veterans that served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Jim has been a member of the American Legion for sixty-two years. He is also a long-standing member of the VFW. He received the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service in 1994. In 1995, Jim was named the Lyons Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for outstanding contributions to the community. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Proclamations of the Appreciation from the Wayne County Board Supervisors.
Jim has been married to his wife Josephine for fifty-nine years. They have two grown children, Jim Jr., and Jeanine, and three grandchildren: Brian, Matt, and Justin.