James L. Conlon Jr., 86, a life resident of Inkerman, Jenkins Township, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, surrounded by his family.
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Born June 17, 1926, to the late James and Mary McAndrew Conlon, he graduated from Jenkins Township High School in June of 1944.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in September 1944 and served overseas with the Third Army, 90th Division, and fought in campaigns in Central Europe and Rhineland, Germany.
Upon his discharge from the Army in August 1946, Jim returned home and completed his apprenticeship in the stereotype department of the International Color Co. In 1956, he took a position with the Wilkes-Barre Record. Jim worked for the Record until they went on strike in 1978. Prior to the strike, he served on the Unity Council as treasurer. The striking newspaper men and women went on to begin the publication of The Citizens' Voice. At The Citizens' Voice, Jim was a member of the board of directors and foreman of the plate department until his retirement in 1989.
In spite of his full-time job as a newspaperman, Jim with his friend, Ray McGarry, started NE Penn Salvage Co. in 1970. Jim took over the business a few years later. NE Penn Salvage Co. had been in business for 35 years and employed over 25 people. NE Penn Salvage Co. served as an agent for many insurance companies and auctioned over 200 vehicles per week. In 2006, the family sold the business to Adesa Impact.
Jim had been a member of the Jenkins Township Volunteer Fire Department since 1948 and served as fire chief from 1970 through 1991. He also belonged to the Luzerne County Fire Chiefs Association and the Greater Pittston Mutual Aid. Jim was also a member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Fox Hill Country Club, Knights of Columbus JFK Council 372 as a fourth-degree knight; Veterans of Foreign Wars Dupont, American Legion in West Pittston, and a life member of St. Mark's Church in Inkerman until its closure and became a member of St. Maria Goretti Church in Laflin.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, the former Jean McGarry; and children, James III and his wife, Colleen; Mary Jo and her husband, Richard Pacchioni; William and his wife, Maureen; Robert and his wife, Karen; and Maureen and her husband, Joseph Fetchko. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Kathryn, James IV, Kelly, Mary Kate, William Jr., Michael, Megan Conlon and Molly Jean Fetchko.
Funeral services will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday from Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, with full military honors by Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909. Interment will be in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Care and Concern Clinic; The Children's Clothes Closet or to the Greater Pittston Food Pantry, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.
Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 30, 2013