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James T. Collum Sr.

November 12, 2022

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James T. Collum Sr.

November 12, 2022


James T. Collum Sr., 84, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at his home.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Harry and Loretta Curtis Collum.  Jim was a graduate of Wilkes Barre Area Schools. He proudly served with the United States Army during the Korean War and then served with the United States Navy from 1956 to 1959.  He was formerly employed by the Westinghouse Elevator Company and the Schindler Elevator Company, prior to his retirement.


Jim was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception in Wilkes-Barre.  He was also a member of St. Conrad’s Young Men’s Society.


Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who will be sadly missed by his family and friends.  He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, boating and fishing. He particularly enjoyed spending time at the family trailer on Lake Oneida, N.Y., a tradition he carried on for over 40+ years.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ann Saporito Collum in 2020 and by his son, Brian Collum in 1997.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Lingle and by his brothers, Edward and Frank Collum.


Jim is survived by his son, James T. Collum Jr. and his wife, April of Kingsley and by his daughter, Jean Marie Temarantz of Plains.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Adkins and Ian and Ashton Temarantz; great grandchildren, Brian Dunlap and Videl Adkins and by several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services for Jim will be held on Wednesday morning at 10 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 am in Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on 9 – 10 am on Wednesday at the funeral home.


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