CONNEAUT — James P. Clancy, age 89, of Conneaut, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, with his family at his side at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.
Jim was born May 26, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Patrick and Sophia (Davis) Clancy. He was a 1943 graduate of Conneaut High School, and while a senior in high school, Jim worked 3rd shift for the Nickel Plate Railroad. He entered the United States Navy and served until he was honorably discharged.
Following his return to Conneaut, Jim worked at the former Astatic Corp., the Ashtabula Bow and Socket Co. and later retired at the age of 62 from the Pittsburgh and Conneaut Dock Co., where he worked as a structural welder and repairman.
Jim was a member of St. Mary/ St. Frances Cabrini Parish, where he attended daily Mass and was an Altar Server for many years. Jim was a very civic minded man and believed in serving his country, Catholic charities, and volunteering many hours for the church. He was a member of the Conneaut Railroad Museum and enjoyed model trains. Jim enjoyed fishing and wood working and his favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch, enjoying Conneaut.
Jim was long time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, marching in parades for many years and assisting with military honors for veterans. Jim was instrumental in having the local VFW monument designed and placed in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy Laird Clancy, whom he married June 21, 1947; brothers, Richard and Edward Clancy; and an infant sister, Mary Ellen.
He is survived by his son, Michael and Susan Clancy of Conneaut; daughters, Laura and Russell Todia of Medina, Ohio and Martha and James Tessmer of Conneaut; grandchildren, Megan Clancy, Ryan and Julie Clancy, Jason and Andrea Strle, Sarah Dean, Matthew Clancy Dean and Angela Peterson; great-grandchildren, Chloe Clancy and Julia, Lillian and Jacob Strle; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 13th, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 14th, at RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 14th, at St. Mary Church, 480 State St., Conneaut, with Fr. Philip Miller, of St. Mary/ St. Frances Cabrini Parish, presiding. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, where the American Legion Cowle Post 151 Honor Squad will conduct Military Honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Conneaut Railroad Museum or Hospice of the Western Reserve, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Villa at the Lake, the Ashtabula County Nursing Home and Hospice for the care and compassion given to Jim during his stay.
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