James F. Doran, 87, of Port Carbon, passed away Monday at home.
Born in Branchdale, Dec. 20, 1925, he was a son of the late Joseph and Nellie Quinn Doran.
James graduated from St. Patrick Catholic High School.
Because of James' love of country, he joined the Navy during World War II
. He was commissioned on the USS Missouri and on Sept. 2, 1945, he was in Tokyo bay when the Japanese signed and surrendered documents to end World War II.
After he got back from the War, he attended Penn State University
and then graduated from the Ford Business School. He worked as a engineer for AETNA Steel until it closed and then became a self-employed contractor until retirement.
He was a member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Port Carbon, where he was a lector for many years. He was a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians dating back more than 50 years ago. He was also named Irishman of the Year in 2005 and Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pottsville.
Jim was also very active in local politics. He served as councilman for Port Carbon for many years. He was also a Democratic committeeman. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the DAV, a member of the Sierra Club, a member of Port Carbon American Legion and Catholic War Veterans Post 1051, Pottsville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Sister Joseph Helen Doran, Mary Doran and Marjorie Purcell; five brothers, the Rev. Joseph Doran, the Rev. Thomas Doran, Robert Doran, Jack Doran and Fritz Doran.
James is survived by his wife, Virginia Meros Doran, Port Carbon; four daughters, Kathleen Andrusisian and her husband, Stephen, Dallas, Mary Ellen Marchi and her husband, Dr. Robert, Natrona Heights, Patricia Doran Rainone, New Town Square, and Dr. Susan Finlayson and her husband, Ted, Annapolis, Md.; a son, Jimmy Doran, Lancaster; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Gregory and Jenna Andrusisian, Kaitlin and Robert Marchi, and Alexandra Doran Rainone; a sister, Alice Murphy, Pottsville; a brother, William Doran, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Port Carbon, with the Rev. David W. Karns officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon. Interment with military honors will be held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Church Memorial Fund, 218 Valley St., Port Carbon, PA 17965 or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.