James. P. Hastings

    James Patrick Hastings, a retired executive with the Liberty Lines bus company who spent his summers in Springs, died in New York City on Sept. 10. He was 86 years old.

    Mr. Hastings and his wife, the former Agnes Stack, ran successful textile businesses in New York for many years. He went on to become the executive officer for Liberty Lines, based in Yonkers, from which he retired.

    He was a resident of Bronxville, N.Y., for more than 30 years. In 1994, he began wintering in Naples, Fla., and did so until last year, when he returned to his beloved New York City for the winters.

    Mr. Hastings’s family said that he would be remembered for his teaching, mentoring, and charitable work. “He was always giving back to those who needed his help and guidance,” they said.

    He was born on June 24, 1927, in a cold-water flat in Harlem. His parents were John Hastings and the former Agnes Byrne, originally from Ireland.

    He took pride in the fact that he came from such meager beginnings and went on to be a successful entrepreneur and business executive, his family said.

    He served in the Army and completed his undergraduate work at Manhattan College. He went on to receive master’s degrees from New York University and the New School.

    He continued to take courses in business and leadership until well into his 60s. He always said that you should never stop learning and always encouraged young people to get an education and to plan for their futures, his family said.

    Mr. Hastings held various positions with many charitable and business organizations. He served as president of the Bronxville Rotary Club and president of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce.

    He also was a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in Westchester County, N.Y. He served as president of the Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester, where he was instrumental in the acquisition of the building where the offices and their hospice division are housed.

    Later, he taught English to migrant farm workers’ children and to the workers themselves. He also volunteered at the East Hampton Food Pantry and the West Side Campaign Against Hunger in New York City.

    “He was a great believer in taking care of your soul, body, and mind every day,” according to his family. He went to Mass every day, including at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, and went to the gym as often. “He has left behind many who he touched with his outlook and philosophy on life and who have benefited from his mentoring,” his family said.

    Mr. Hastings’s wife died before him. He is survived by two daughters, Jamie Hastings Ferraro of Ossining, N.Y., and Patricia Hastings Winick of Sarasota, Fla., and a sister, Katherine Hastings Mellon of Monroe, N.Y.

    A service was held on Friday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in New York City.