James Francis Bannon

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PITTSTON — James Francis Bannon, of Pittston, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Born in Scranton on March 22, 1918, he was a son of the late Julia and Francis Gaffney Bannon. He celebrated his 96th birthday on March 22, 2014

A 1936 graduate of Pittston High School, he went on to serve our country with honor and distinction as a member of the U.S. Army.

He was a partner with Bright Construction Company for more than 46 years. He was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. He was recently honored with a 75-year Service Award.

After retiring, he worked part time for Riley and Associates.

He was honored by the Greater Pittston Sons of St. Patrick with the W. Francis Swingle Award. He served as a member of the Pittston Area School Board and The Pittston Planning Commission. He is a Fourth Degree Knight, Past President of the Knights of Columbus Pittston and Past President of the Greater Pittston Sons of Saint Patrick and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bright; brother, Kenneth; step-mother, Mary Finneran; step-brother, Joseph; and step-sister, Angela; son-in-law, Gerard F. Gallagher.

Surviving are his daughters, Ann Gallagher, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kathy Sulima, Pittston; four grandsons, James Gallagher (Denise), Carmel, Indiana, Gerard Gallagher (Kari), Granger, Indiana, James Sulima (Cindy), Pittston, Joseph Sulima (Kate), White Plains, New York; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Family and friends attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Friday morning. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

For further information or to express your condolences to James's family, please visit

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Pittston, PA 18640
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Published in Times Leader from July 29 to July 30, 2014