James “Jim” Richard Lipchak, age 75 of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, passed away at his home on September 22, 2021. He was born on March 26, 1946 to the late John and Agnes (Harnak) Lipchak.
Jim grew up in the North Side of Pittsburgh. He attended St. Gabe’s elementary school and North Catholic High School. He was a star basketball player during his high school years. Jim furthered his education at California University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and then went on to complete his master’s degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Jim spent over three decades working in financial sales. During his successful sales tenure, he contributed his professional expertise to several companies, including Ingersoll Rand and Westinghouse. He reached the height of his career with the CIT Group where he eventually retired. Jim was very well-respected and appreciated by his colleagues and customers alike. Among his countless admirable qualities, he will always be warmly remembered by those who knew him for his easy-going nature, soft spoken demeanor, keen sense of humor, fairness, honesty, and unmatched wit.
Jim began dating his beautiful wife, Linda “Lynn” when he was 22 years old. Jim and Lynn crossed paths at the United States Post Office and their magical love story began. They were engaged for a year and half and were then married at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Mt Washington on May 17, 1969 and celebrated the reception at the Bottoms in McKees Rocks. This past year, they celebrated 52 wonderful years of marriage. They thoroughly enjoyed traveling, gambling, and golfing together. They played 75 golf courses together and had a special fondness for Cable Hollow and Beaver Creek Meadows.
Jim was the most cherished uncle to his many nieces and nephews. They all loved him dearly and appreciated his unique sense of humor. Jim always made time for his family and friends. In recent years, Jim shared his card shark skills with his great-nephews, Jack and Finn “Sharkey” Gallacher. Finn and Jack adored their uncle Jim and will always have a special place for him in their hearts. Jim also always remembered special treats for his beloved furry friend, Joanie, who will greatly miss Uncle Jim’s visits.
Jim was an avid reader, golfer, and Steelers fan. He thoroughly enjoyed golfing with his friends in the McMurray Men’s League and mingling with his buddies at Lindenwood. It was a joy to be around Jim and spending time with him was a gift. He had a specialness about him that was truly unique, and he will be dearly missed by all those who had the pleasure of meeting him and the privilege of knowing him.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife Lynn, his brothers Jack (Margie), Jay (Helen “Cookie”), and sister Joyce, his niece Jackie (Matt), his sisters-in-law Patricia, Darlyn, and Sandy and his brother-in-law, Robert (Beverly), him many adoring nieces and nephews and grandniece and grand nephews.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents John and Agnes.
The family wishes to thank all of those who loved and cared for Jim over the years especially Dr. Oleg Akilov and nurse Sue McCann from the UPMC Cutaneous Lymphoma Program. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, https://www.clfoundation.org/, Telephone: 248-644-9014 Fax: 248-644-9014, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A mass and a celebration of Jim’s life will be held on a later date yet to be determined. Arrangements were provided by Warchol Funeral Home. Special thanks to Natalie Jackson for her care and kindness.
“One never knows, do one?” – one of Jim’s favorite quotes