James Patrick Golden, 80, of Chambersburg, formerly of Dunmore, died Sunday at Chambersburg Hospital. He and his wife, Marie Bossert Golden, married Feb. 7, 1959, at St. Vincent's Church in Scranton.
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Born Sept. 18, 1933, in Dunmore, son of the late Stanley and Hannah Kearney Golden, James was a former member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Dunmore. He attended St. Mary's School and was a 1952 graduate of Dunmore High School. He attended Temple University, and served in the Navy during the Korean War.
As a young man, he worked for the UNIVAC division of Remington Rand Corp. as a customer engineer for maintenance of the earliest UNIVAC computers. He later was employed by the Army at Tobyhanna Army Depot and other Army installations before moving to Chambersburg. He retired from Depot System Command in 1988.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1426, where he was a Third-Degree Knight. He was a co-founder and charter member of the Tarquino-Washabaugh Catholic War Veterans Post 1930, where he was past first vice commander. He was also a member of AMVETS Post 224, American Legion Post 46, VFW Post 1599 and the Joint Veterans Council of Franklin County, where he was past vice commander.
In addition to his wife, surviving are four daughters, Cynthia (Mrs. Jeremy) Somers, Pittsburgh; Suzanne Golden (Mrs. Brian Kadel), Chambersburg; Patricia (Mrs. Bill) Passavanti, Marietta, Ga.; and Lori Golden Swanger, Chambersburg; a son, James W., Rhode Island; 10 grandchildren, Jessica, Kaleigh, Elizabeth, Mac, Hannah, Tessa, Emma, Jack, Caroline and Sophia; three great-grandchildren, Anslie, Amara and Rylan; a niece, Ellen Golden Tyrell, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a nephew, Thomas J. Golden, Dunmore; many great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Rita; and two brothers, Stanley and Jack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 1 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Chambersburg. Burial will be at Corpus Christi Cemetery, with a military graveside service by members of the VFW Honor Guard.
A viewing is scheduled for Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.
The family requests the omission of flowers. Online condolences may be expressed on his book of memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 21, 2014
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