James Lavelle

James P "Jim" Lavelle

Sunday, March 2nd, 1947 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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James “Jim” Pierre Lavelle passed away November 8, 2020, in the VA HJ Heinz Community Living Center, Aspinwall. Son of the late Bernard and Louise Lavelle. He was preceded in death by his beloved brother Patrick (Cheryl). He is survived by his sisters Linda Maxin (Ron) and Anne Oldaker as well as five nieces and nephews: Lisa Standish (Bobby), Nicky Owens (Brian), Jennifer Simon (Ted), Sean Lavelle (Erin) and Katie Oldaker. Jim was born in Irwin on March 2, 1947 and graduated in 1965 from Greensburg Central Catholic HS, where he played basketball. He then proceeded to amble his way from country to country via the Army and then from coast to coast of the United States thereafter, taking up residence in Las Vegas, NV, Asheville, NC, and Sedona, AZ at various times in his life. A gifted storyteller, Jim could make just about anyone laugh with his tall tales from his travels and vibrant existence. He returned to Irwin permanently in 2015, moving back to reunite with his deeply-loved family and to spend time with his brother. He was an active member of the Immaculate Conception parish, especially the This Man Is You Group. He loved watching sports, reading mystery novels, yelling about politics, rewatching old movies, and recounting the good old days. He will be profoundly missed. A celebration of life will be scheduled when it is safe to gather again. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin, the Norwin Public Library, or your local Democratic organization.
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Philip Kinney

Posted at 08:23am
Jim and I played basketball at Central Catholic. Though neither of us were starters, we had to compete for the little time we got to play. We went our separate ways after high school, as most of us did, but the few times I saw him at reunions, he always had a big smile on his face . My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Scott Meszar

Posted at 11:42am
Sorry very sorry to hear of the loss of Jim, he truly was a loving, caring, giving person. eternal rest grant unto him oh lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Scott Meszar


Posted at 08:29am
Rest In Peace, Jim.

Paul Mahady. GCC ‘67

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