Richard A. James

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Richard A. James, 73, Old Forge, died early Thursday morning at Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton after an illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, caregiver and best friend, Joann Mecca. The couple celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on Aug. 3.

Born on Aug. 18, 1945, and raised in Waverly, Richard was the son of the late Chester and Mary White James. A graduate of Clarks Summit-Abington High School class of 1963, he worked as a finishing supervisor when he met his wife at the former Fitchburg Coated Products. Before his illness, he worked as a counselor at Marworth in Waverly, offering guidance to many along the way.

A natural athlete who especially loved football, he was a die-hard fan of both the Miami Dolphins and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. For many years, he was an avid bowler on the local bowling circuit. Notching several 299s, he then proudly achieved the elusive 300 game. He loved antique cars and spent time restoring a Mustang of his own. Passing away peacefully, Richard will be always loved and forever remembered.

Joann would like to acknowledge Dr. Armando Sallavanti and the entire staff of Allied Skilled Nursing's 3-South for the collective care, compassion and love shown to both she and Richard throughout the years.

In addition to Joann, he is survived by three daughters, Lisa and husband, James, Nicholson; Karen and husband, David, Factoryville; and Brenda and husband, Steve, New York; siblings, David James, Clarks Summit; Phil James and wife, Lorraine, New Milford; and Dorothy (Dottie) Porto, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Bob Mecca and wife, Deb; and Joseph Mecca and wife, Mary Pat, all of Old Forge; eight grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A eulogy will be shared on Saturday at noon in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Private interment will follow at Miller Cemetery, Clarks Summit.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday from 10 to noon at the funeral home.

Visit the funeral home's website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street
Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
(570) 562-1590
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Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 11, 2019