Former Hazleton Mayor James A. Paisley, 81, passed into the arms of God on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. He was the loving husband of Irene Bonomo Paisley. The couple were married 57 years on April 18, 2010.
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Jim (Slim) (Sonny) was born on July 1, 1928, in Hazleton. He was the son of the late John and Frances LaRocco Paisley.
He was a graduate of Hazleton High School, Class of 1946.
Jim was a dedicated policeman for 20 years, retiring as captain in 1974.
He was an Army veteran, having served in World War II.
In addition to his work as a policeman, Jim was employed by Bonomo Decorators for 25 years as a drapery installer.
He worked for the Treasury Department from 1985 to 1989. He served as the executive director of the Hazleton Housing Authority, retiring in 2005.
Jim was an active member and officer of many local civic organizations. He was honored to serve his church as a lector and minister of Holy Communion for many years.
Jim enjoyed golfing, crossword puzzles, lunches with his friends and time well spent with his family and extended family.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Irene, are his daughters, Francine and Carmela, both at home; his son, the Rev. James J. Paisley, pastor of St. Therese's Church, Shavertown; a devoted brother, Michael and his wife, Natalie, Hazleton; many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton, with his son, the Rev. James J. Paisley, officiating. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church on Friday morning.
Private interment will follow in the family mausoleum at Most Precious Blood Cemetery, Hazleton.
Friends may call Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., at Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home Inc., 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton.
In lieu of flowers and Mass cards, donations may be made to Most Precious Blood Church, Fourth and Seybert streets, Hazleton; or St. Therese's Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown.
A "Book of Condolences" will be available at St. Therese's in Shavertown, St. Maria Goretti's in Laflin and St. Patrick's in West Scranton for those unable to travel to Hazleton.
Condolences may be sent through www.moranfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 22, 2010