PORT ALLEGANY - James R. Carlson, 72, passed away on Friday (April 8, 2016) in Sebring, Fla., following a lengthy illness.
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Born Feb. 23, 1944, in Olean, N.Y., Jim was the son of the late Philip L. Carlson Sr. and Phyllis Gillett Card. On Oct. 14, 1992, he married Liana Revero Alomia, who survives.
Jim was a 1962 graduate of Port Allegany High School and a 1964 graduate of Lincoln College in Illinois. Following his college graduation, Jim served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was then employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier until his retirement.
Jim was an avid golfer, bowler and fan of stock and NASCAR races. He collected Oldsmobile 442 vehicles and anything associated with that model. Jim owned and showed a 1983 Hurst Oldsmobile that was awarded "Best in Class" at many events throughout the eastern United States.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by four half-brothers, Gill Rennecker of Henderson, Nev., and Philip Carlson, Mark Carlson and Perry Carlson, all of Port Allegany; three half-sisters, Diane Herger of New Brighton, Candace Card Pavese of New Freedom, and Katherine Card Pool of Henderson, Nev.; five nieces; seven nephews; two grand-nephews; and three grand-nieces.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, James and Mabel Carlson of Port Allegany.
Memorial services for Jim will be held in Port Allegany at a later date.
Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the S.W. Smith Memorial Library; or a
Switzer Funeral Home
77 Willow St
Port Allegany, PA 16743
Published in The Bradford Era from May 4 to May 11, 2016