James P. Boles, Scranton, died Tuesday night at Hospice of the Sacred Heart at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. Jim was married to the former Anne Loughney.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late James W. and Margaret Miller Boles, James was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Church and a graduate of St. Paul's High School, Scranton, and attended the University of Scranton. He was an Army veteran who served as an M.P. Jim was a member of the North Scranton Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He also was a member of the Lions Club of Scranton.
The most important aspects of Jim's life were his faith, family and friends. He lived for family vacations at the beach, hosting celebrations at home and attending daily Mass. He was a humble man, whose generosity knew no limits. His greatest treasure was his 59-year marriage to the love of his life. Jim gained recognition in two sports, baseball and basketball. At St. Paul's High School in Scranton, he established a record by being selected as a four-year varsity baseball all-star. He also earned recognition in varsity basketball by being selected to participate in the Dream Game in his junior and senior years.
Upon high school graduation, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. In 1994, Jim was inducted into the Scranton Area Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2002 he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Jim spent the early part of his business career at Scranton Engraving as a photo engraver. In 1973, he established All American Trophy Co., which he built into a successful 40-year business. He was proud to have made and presented awards to the University of Notre Dame's athletic department and to Pope John Paul II.
Jim continued to work, despite his recent illness, and his family is especially grateful to his business associate, Kevin Eckenrode, for his many years of dedication and friendship. The family would also like to thank the many doctors, nurses and therapists who extended care, compassion and support, especially Dr. Kenneth Gentilezza and Dr. Joseph DelSerra.
He is survived by three sons, Thomas and wife, Jan, Clarks Summit; Patrick and wife, Rachael, Dunmore; and Matthew and wife, Nicki, Scranton; two daughters, Cathy Mineo and husband, Tom; and Susie Schimelfenig and husband, Jim, all of Scranton; a brother, the Rev. Joseph M. Boles, Villa St. Joseph, Dunmore; a sister, Anne Mitchell, Jim Thorpe; grandchildren, Keely Kettel and husband, Chris; Bryan and Kara Boles, Jennifer, Maggie, Patrick, Emily and Jacob Mineo, Kate, Bridget and Tommy Schimelfenig, Buster and Luca Boles, Anna, Lillian, Charlie and Peter Boles; and two great-grandchildren, Maggie and Christopher Kettel; and several nieces nephews and cousins.
He was also predeceased by three sisters, Catherine Boles, Mary Breslin and Loretta Tolan.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Morell-LaBelle Funeral Home, 301 Chestnut St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph M. Boles. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church or St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Scranton.
Online condolences: www.dunmorefunerals.com.
Morell-LaBelle Funeral Home
301 Chestnut St
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times from July 17 to July 18, 2014