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James R. Wardrop


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James R. Wardrop Obituary
James R. Wardrop, of Sewickley, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, after a painfully short battle with cancer. It is with great sadness that we announce his passing. He passed away in his home, surrounded by family and his favorite furry companions. Jamie will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He was born March 21, 1941, in Sewickley, the son of the late Mary Blair and Edmund Donnan Wardrop. He was preceded in death by his brother, Barker Donnan Wardrop. He is survived by his brother, William Blair Wardrop (Susan), of Sewickley; and his sister, Alexina Wardrop Brooks (Frank), of Birmingham Mich.; and his nieces, Elizabeth Lawley, Georgiana Giancamilli (Andrew) and Mary Byrd (Brandon); and nephews, Blair Wardrop, Daniel Brooks (Cara) and Colin Brooks (Casey). Jamie pursued life with passion. As an accomplished photographer, Jamie traveled the world documenting the wars in both Israel and Vietnam for the American and foreign press. His photographs remain his legacy, chronicling his life as a private pilot, a member of the Tucson, Ariz., police department, western bronco rider, race car driver, and sailor, among his many other interests. Most recently, Jamie was dedicated to his alma mater, Sewickley Academy, where he inspired and challenged generations of photography students. Jamie retired as the Sewickley Academy archivist and instructor of photographic arts. He will be fondly remembered by the students and school community for supporting the Academy sporting events, ringing the celebratory bell and siren on his antique fire engines.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the COPELAND FUNERAL HOME, Beaver Street, Sewickley, Pa. Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Sewickley Presbyterian Church, 414 Grant St., Sewickley.
Kind contributions can be made to Animal Friends of Camp Horne Road.
Published in Sewickley Herald from May 19 to May 31, 2018
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