James N. Porter, 78

James N. Porter, 78, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Passavant Retirement Center in Zelienople following an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born December 8, 1940 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Harry N. and Martha Balkan Porter. He was married to Evelyn Mehard Porter for 54 years. She survives.

Jim worked as a mechanical engineer at the former Aetna Standard in Ellwood City and at ARMCO in Butler. He graduated from Lincoln High School and received his degree in Engineering jointly from Geneva and the University of Pittsburgh. Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed sailing, wintering in Florida, photography and trips to the beach with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, survivors include two daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Lange of Pittsburgh, Barbara (David) Smith of Canonsburg; son, Eric (Claudia) Porter of Slippery Rock; sister, Harriet (Rev. Phillip) Vender of Naples, Florida; and 6 grandchildren, Becky Porter, Jeremy and Paige Lange, and Chuck, Tyler, and Jordyn Smith.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday December 12 from 2 pm until the time of the funeral service at 6 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. His pastor, Rev. Angelique Bradford will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.


13 thoughts on “James N. Porter, 78

  1. To a Lovely Uncle who I will remember very fondly- as fun, fair, calm, clever and very very very kind. All my thoughts and prayers are with those that he loved most.

  2. Ed and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you, Evelyn, and to your family. My father thought very highly of Jim. You know we would be there if we could. We will have a mass said at our parish here, in SC, in remembrance of Jim.

  3. So sorry to hear about Jim. We sure have wonderful memories of times at Oak Island, and all of our greatest years living near all of you in Ellwood.

  4. Dear Evelyn and Family,Tom and I are so sorry to hear about Jim’s death. Our Love and Prayers are with you and the family. Your former neighbors, The Berkebiles

  5. Evelyn, I am very sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Sympathy and prayers to your entire family. I remember the happy times at M.Y.F. Sunday evenings and Jim being an upper class man in h.s.

  6. Wish I could be there to celebrate Jim’s life. His was a life well lived and loved so much by so many. Emily and family

  7. Wish we could be with all to share in the celebration of a life well lived and love shared with so many. We will miss you Jim. Emily

  8. Miss you pap pap. I’m 14 now and I still think about you. I still have the blanket we were going to give to you on Christmas. I love you forever and always.

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