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James Warren CUMPSON Obituary

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CUMPSON, James Warren of Lancaster, 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday May 10, 2014 at the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center in Mount Joy. In the several days prior to his passing, he had been surrounded by family and friends, including his wife of sixty-seven years, Daryl. Born in West Newton, Pennsylvania in 1921 to Thomas and Agnes (née Crise) Cumpson. James was known as "Warnie" throughout his youth. In 1943, he graduated with a degree in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and thereafter served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his return to civilian life, he married the former Daryl Rouse and went to work for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation of Pittsburgh. In 1959, after accepting a position with the Mosler Safe Company, he relocated his family to Hamilton, Ohio. To those who knew him from this time onward, he was either "Jim," or, in the case of friends, "Jimbo." During their many decades in Hamilton, James and Daryl were active in a wide range of civic affairs, with the couple being especially passionate supporters of Hamilton Big Blue athletics. After retiring from Mosler in 1983, James embarked upon a successful second career with the First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio. And after retiring for a second time at the age of eighty, he and Daryl relocated to Lancaster in order to be closer to family. In Lancaster, where he relished sharing drinks, good food, and lively conversation with family and friends, James enjoyed a rich and active social life, so much so, in fact, that neighbors affectionately dubbed him "the Mayor of East Orange Street." James loved life. He cherished each day and each new experience, and he looked forward with enthusiasm to even life's smallest pleasures. An accomplished gardener since his youth, he left strict instructions on how to plant this spring's tomatoes in his absence. In recent years, he also enjoyed baking, making preserves, and woodworking, the first two of which explain why his friendly smile and solicitations for advice were so familiar to the operators of stalls at Central Market. As an avid sports fan, he rooted for Pittsburgh teams in general, but his beloved Pitt Panthers merited more devotion, through good years and bad, than all the rest combined. And James also wanted it to be known that he was a patriot who loved America for the liberties and the opportunities she provides, for these were the foundations upon which a young man from the banks of the Youghiogheny River built a beautiful life. James was predeceased by both parents and all four of his siblings: Mary, Wallace, and John Cumpson and Hazel Gettemy. Surviving in addition to his wife are two children, Thomas Cumpson, husband of Cathy, and Christine Longcore, wife of William, both of Lancaster County. Four grandchildren who knew him as "Pap" also survive: Amanda Wentzel (Matthew), Jeffrey Cumpson (Nanci), Alison Boyle (Michael), and Jaime Freshwater. Two greatgrandchildren, Finleigh Kate Wentzel and Nicholas James Cumpson, also survive. A private celebration of James's life is being planned. As James was a great lover of animals, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Lancaster County SPCA. Online condolences may be made through www.youngfuneralhome.com

Published in Journal-News on May 15, 2014
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