James J. McGurrin, 74, of Clarks Summit, formerly of West Scranton, passed away unexpectedly Friday after being stricken ill. His wife and best friend of 51 years is the former Dolores “Dolly” McDonough.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Ann Cawley McGurrin. He attended Scranton Technical High School and was a member of the former St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Before his retirement, Jim was employed by the Scranton Housing Authority and currently he was employed by the Prescription Center.
Jim was adored and loved by his wife, daughters and granddaughter, and he adored and loved them as well. He always supported his family and never missed an activity for his girls. He loved baseball and football and was a lifetime Miami Dolphins fan. He also had a reputation as the best horseshoe player around.
Also surviving are daughters, Kelly Gillick and her husband, Gary, of Gouldsboro; and Wendy McGurrin and her husband, Richard Zackoski Jr., of Clarks Summit; a sister, Roseann Bedford and her husband, Harry, of Gainesville, Fla.; Jim’s pride and joy granddaughter, Jenna Santarsiero; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Fosse.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton.
Friends may call Friday from 4 until time of service in the funeral home.
Interment, private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions be made in Jim’s honor to the Children’s Advocacy Center, 1710 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA 18510; or to the Rock Steady Boxing (Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s), 1 Maxson Drive, Old Forge, PA 18518.