James E. Lathrop, 78, formerly of Volney Street, Port Allegany, passed away Friday (Nov. 2, 2012) in Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 5, 1934, in Crosby, he was a son of Ellsworth and Anna Widner Lathrop. On April 17, 1955, in Port Allegany, he married Patricia A. Hults, who survives.
Mr. Lathrop had worked for Pittsburgh Corning Co., Port Allegany, retiring in 2000, after 46 years of service.
He was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Smethport High School. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose
, Lodge 460 and Star Hose Co. Fire Department, both of Port Allegany. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoors.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Patricia, are two sons, Robert J. Lathrop of Port Allegany and Mark E. (Sonya) Lathrop of Cumberland, Md.; two daughters, Deborah J. (Gordon) Dudley of Indiana, Pa., and Diane L. (Robert) Shelley of Port Allegany; 12 grandchildren; several great-grand-children; five brothers, Michael (Judy) Lathrop and Richard (Darlene) Lathrop, both of Port Allegany, Andrew (Ann) Lathrop of Smethport, and Paul (Donna) Lathrop and Ellsworth "Bones" Lathrop, both of Crosby; two sisters, Orvella Luce of Crosby and Anna Mae Uber of Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Donald Lathrop; and three sisters, Mary Jo Cook, Pauline Black and Betty Corbett.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will follow with the Rev. Dan Mong, officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Condolences can be made at www.switzerfuneralhome.com