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James S. Gum, 43, of Forks Township, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Easton Hospital, after six years of battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrigs Disease. Born in Easton on November 21, 1962, he was the son of Sherwood D. and June N. (Zanette) Gum of Wind Gap. Jim was employed as a Regional Sales Representative for EAM-Mosca Corp., Hazleton, Pa. He and his wife, the former Stacy L. Godshalk, celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary last July 4. He was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church, Easton, and a former member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Pen Argyl. Jim was a 1980 graduate of Pen Argyl High School and a 1984 graduate of Lehigh University. While at Pen Argyl High School, Jim was the quarterback and safety on the 1979 Colonial League Champion football team. He was selected to the All-League Team as a junior and senior. He was All Express Area as a safety in his junior year and quarterback and safety as a senior. He was a Northampton County All-Star First Team as a senior, All State Third Team defensive back as a junior and All State Honorable Mention quarterback as a senior. He was a Call Chronicle Area Blue Chipper during his senior year. He was selected to Americas Outstanding Names and Faces, 1978-1979, and was a First Team LARC Football Classic selection and Pen Argyls National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete in 1979. He was selected to the All Colonial League Baseball Team in 1979 and 1980 as a pitcher and a 1980 All Express Area First Team pitcher. In 1994, Jim was inducted into the Knights of the Round Table and in 2003, he was selected into the Pen Argyl High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim was a three-year letter winner in football at Lehigh University, where he played free safety. He was E.C.A.C. Defensive Player of the Week and ranked sixth in the country in interceptions in 1983. Jim was an assistant football coach at Penn Argyl High School from 1995 to 2001, coaching quarterbacks and defensive backs. He also coached youth football for the Forks A.A. from 2001 to 2003. Survivors: Wife; parents; son, Conor James Gum at home; sister, Debbie A. Martini and her husband James of Bethlehem; paternal grandmother, Madelyn V. Gum of Wind Gap; brother-in-law, Brandt L. Godshalk and his wife Chris of Johnsonville; three nieces, Lauren A. and Katelyn E. Martini, Maeve A. Godshalk; nephew, Kael James Godshalk. Services: An Eulogy will begin Friday, May 5, 2006, at noon at St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, Heller and Babbitt avenues, Pen Argyl, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from the church. There will be a visitation Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Guerro & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 126 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Pen Argyl. Interment will be in St. Elizabeths Cemetery, Pen Argyl. Additional information may be found at www.ruggierofuneralhome.com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jim Gum Foundation, c/o John Shigo, 14 Damascus Court, Blandon, PA 19530.
Published in Morning Call on May 3, 2006
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