Age 93, of Overbrook, passed away on Feb. 4, 2014. He was born to immigrant parents of Italy, the late Anthony Passanante and Dori Priore. He was preceded in death by seven extremely close, loving siblings born in Pittsburgh. He was the last survivor and was born in Ellwood City, PA. James was married to the love of his life, Alice McGarr Passanante, whom passed in 2008. He is survived by their children, Dorrie Sites (Chuck), James (Barb), Patrick, Alice Davis (Joe), and the late Cpl. William James Passanante; he is the proud grandfather of six grandchildren and one step- grandchild; great-grandfather to 11 and one step-great-grandchild. James was disabled young and was employed as a Manager/ Dispatcher of Catholic Non-profit stores for over 20 years. He was a WWII veteran and survived 42 months in the jungles of the Philippines in the Army as a Decoder and Cryptographer. As most men of that era, that story was never disclosed until he was in his 60s. He was a loving, kind, humble husband and father. He felt his greatest achievement was his family. When he was younger, his hobbies were hunting with his children. My only wish is that everyone could have the honor of having a father just like him. He will always leave a hole in our hearts as our mother still does. A special thanks to all his caregivers. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 from 2-9 p.m. at CIESLAK & TATKO FUNERAL HOME, 2935 Brownsville Rd. Service will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Norbert Catholic Church. Out of respect of James family request visitation be for adults. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be used to purchase children's library books in his name. Please send donations to Dora Sites, 120 Oakwood Drive, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 or Center for Compassionate Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243, 412-572-8800.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Feb. 8, 2014