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JAMES MILNE, 91 James Milne died Monday, June 2, 2014 after a long illness. He was three days short of his 92nd birthday. "Jim", as he was widely known, and who had no middle name, was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and arrived in the United States with his parents when he was three years old. The family settled in Quincy, Massachusetts, where his father went to work with a ship building company and Jim got early training and interest in yachting. He graduated from Quincy High School and enrolled in Burdett Business College. A short time later WWII broke out and he promptly left college and volunteered for the Navy Air Corps. He flew his beloved PBY40 amphibious airplanes off the coast of Africa and over the Canary Islands. After the War, he was accepted at The College of William & Mary, where he earned his degree in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa. He married Nancy Jessup in 1948 and they had one son, Michael Edgar, of New York City, before divorcing a few years later. Jim joined the General Electric Company and went through their management training program. He was chosen for a variety of management and financial positions, in a number of locations. In 1956, while on a company audit in Memphis, he met and married Nellie Faye Baker, a Tennessee girl. Their union produced four more children, Pamela of Richmond, VA, Scott of Wall, NJ, Lucinda of Moorestown, NJ, and Rebecca of Lansdowne, PA. Jim rose through the ranks of GE executives, eventually becoming Manager of Finance in GE locations around the world, including Rio de Janiero; Evandale, Ohio; Richland, Washington; Bogota, Colombia; Schenectady, NY; Milan, Italy; and finally King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. At King of Prussia, his responsibilities were extended yet again, as he began to teach in the General Electric Company's management training program. After his retirement from GE in 1987, Jim volunteered at local hospitals, youth groups, and the Freedoms Foundation. He loved golf, yachting, and reading. He was notorious for his dry sense of humor and quick wit, and known, throughout his life, for his faithful dog companions. He is survived by his wife, five children, and two granddaughters: Ashley Grace Schneider, world traveler, and Greta Lochie Schneider, a student at his alma mater of The College of William & Mary. A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held at Devlin Rosmos Kepp & Gatcha Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 517 South Main St, Phoenixville, PA on June 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial in Washington Memorial Chapel Churchyard, Route 23, Valley Forge, Pa. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Salvation Army, the , or the Freedoms Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.devlinrosmoskepp.com
Published in The Mercury on June 5, 2014
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