KANE - James R. Airgood, 61, of 22 Old Mill Road, Kane, died Tuesday evening (June 7, 2016) at UPMC Hamot in Erie after a heart attack last Friday.
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Born Feb. 5, 1955, in Ridgway, he was the son of Blaine H. and Dorothy L. Reese Airgood. On Feb. 9, 1980, in Kane, he married Debbie Gillotti, who survives.
A car enthusiast and mechanic, Jim owned and operated the former Airgood ARCO station in Kane. Later, he owned and operated Airgood Busing in Kane for 21 years, and sold Karcher Pressure Washers as well.
He was an ambulance driver during the 1985 tornado, traveled to the Ukraine while his son was doing missionary work there, and worked with missionary teams during the Katrina recovery efforts.
Jim was a proud member of the Rotary Club of Kane, having served as its club president. In the early 1990s, he served on the Kane Area School Board.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Rebecca A. Miller, PA-C; a son, the Rev. Michael B. Airgood of Pittsburgh; a sister, Sharol (Terry) Neuroth of Hammond, N.Y.; and grandsons, Hemi T. and Warn J. Miller. A nephew and several nieces and cousins also survive. He also leaves behind his sidekick, "Riga."
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Carol Sheehan.
Friends may call on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home Inc., and may attend a service there at 11 a..m. Saturday with his son, the Rev. Michael B. Airgood, pastor of the Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton, and the Rev. Calvin Cook, incoming pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Kane, co-officiating. Interment will be in Brandy Camp Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a church or
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.
Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home
103 South Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
Published in The Bradford Era from June 9 to June 15, 2016