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James "Jim" Alexander Porter

November 19, 1931 ~ May 15, 2020 (age 88)

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On Friday, May 15, 2020, James “Jim” Alexander Porter, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 88. Jim was born on November 19, 1931 in Pittsburgh, PA to James and Margaret (Mager) Porter. After he graduated high school, he worked on the North Side and put himself through college at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Then, he served in the US Army for two years. When he returned, he attended Duquesne University where he earned a degree in accounting. While at Duquesne, he met his future wife, Anita Louise Ricci, and they were married in November 1961. Upon graduation, Jim started working for the United States Treasury Department as a special agent. He and Anita moved to Johnstown in 1963 and settled in Westmont, where they raised one daughter, Christine, and two sons, James and Michael. Jim retired from the Treasury Department in 1982. Jim enjoyed many diverse passions including painting, gardening, reading, playing bridge, exercising, square dancing and following his favorite sports teams, the Steelers and Pirates. He loved to coach youth sports, including West Suburban Little League where he coached baseball for 10 years. He was also a self-taught investor in the stock market and enjoyed following the latest technology trends and companies. He was a member of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Jim always had a kind word for people and was known for his infectious smile and compassionate spirit. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James, his mother, Margaret, and his wife Anita. He is survived by his three children, Christine (Rick) Mitchell of Erie, PA, James (Adena) Porter of Arlington, VA, and Michael (Amy) Porter of Potomac, MD, and six grandchildren, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Thomas, Patrick, Henry, and Grace, and his sister-in-law Estelle (Bernie) Sacunas. A funeral service will be held privately. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church

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