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James E. Thorpe Obituary
JAMES E. THORPE, 78, OF BOYERTOWN James E. "Jim" Thorpe, 78, of Boyertown, husband of Carol (Wolfe) Thorpe, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014. Born in Syracuse, NY and raised in Marcellus, NY, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth (Torrey) Thorpe. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Marcellus HS and went on to LeMoyne College where he received his BS in Labor and Industrial Relations. He worked in retail and management for Firestone Tire Co. for 26 years and later worked for Kenn Spinrad Inc. in Reading as a Job Placement Specialist, retiring in 2001. He was a member of St. Columbkill RC Church in Boyertown, where he served as an usher. Jim loved sports and enjoyed going to Phillies spring training in Clearwater FL with Carol. Surviving with his wife of 54 years are sons, Tim Thorpe, husband of Maryellen, and Scott Thorpe, daughter Cathy Kandler, wife of Jeff. Jim is also survived by brothers Richard, husband of Kathy, Joseph, husband of Maryanne, Michael, husband of Helen and Dennis Thorpe; sisters Sue LaPierre, wife of Herman and Nancy Thorpe; and grandchildren Meagan, Matthew and Zach Thorpe, Grace and Sam Thorpe, and Elizabeth Kandler. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Jeffrey. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, 11 a.m., at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in James's name to the Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center, 1600 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 or the Boyertown Area Multi-Service 200 W Spring St, Boyertown, PA 19512. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements. View obituaries or send condolences at
Published in The Mercury on July 29, 2014
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