A loving and selfless husband, father, grandfather and friendâ€¦. James "Jim" Michael Torok, 85, of Erie, died Monday, August 23, 2010 at St. Vincent Health Center. He was born in Erie, Pa. on June 2, 1925, a son the late Michael and Kathryn (Birk) Torok. A lifelong resident of Erie, he graduated from Academy High School. He served in the U. S. Army during WW II, Technician Fifth Grade Regular Army, as a medic and in the supply division. He was employed as a Lithographer at Diamond National Corporation and Haysite Engineered Plastics retiring in 1990. Jim was very active as an usher, officer and board member at the Community United Church of Christ, and was instrumental in moving the church from its original location at 9th and Sassafras St. to the present location on W. 38th St. He was involved in the leadership of the new congregation, having served on the church council for decades. His ancestry with the church dates back to its founding. Jim's loyalty and commitment to the church's mission was admirable and his influence will be felt many years into the future. He was an avid photographer with a love for nature and a keen eye for scenic beauty as can be seen in his hundreds of photographs. He loved sports, was a lifelong and loyal Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, and enjoyed attending many Sea Wolves games. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Amitrone) Torok; two sons, James Torok of Tampa, Fla., and John Torok and his wife, Terry, of Millcreek; two grandchildren, Jeremy and his wife, Staci, of Baltimore, Md., and Jessica Torok of Erie; a sister, Shirley Fernandes; and a brother, Charles Torok, and his wife, Rita, all of Erie; along with several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St. on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend a funeral service on Friday at the Community United Church of Christ, 1011 W. 38th St. at 11 a.m. with Rev. Richard Moyer officiating. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com. Burial will be at Erie Cemetery, with a gathering at Community United Church of Christ following the service. Memorials may be made to the Community United Church of Christ, 1011 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 26, 2010