James V. Nocera, 83, of Old Forge, died Sunday at the Scranton Health Care Center.
Born in Old Forge, he was the son of the late James V. and Lucy Petrini Nocera. He was a 1954 graduate of Old Forge High School and a 1956 graduate of Keystone College, both of which he played baseball and basketball. James was a member of the Old Forge School Board for many years. He was also an accountant and prior to his retirement, he was the controller of Kay Wholesale Drug Company.
James enjoyed a myriad of activities with his many friends including harness racing, boating, trips to Atlantic City, golfing and having coffee with the guys at the donut shop. He was a great sports fan, especially the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a kind, caring, compassionate man who would always help a friend at every turn. He had a large, kind, benevolent heart and soul for animals, especially those that society had abandoned including his closest friend, Mouse. His sense of humor and warm smile will always be remembered and bring a smile to our faces. Those that were closest to him would say that he touched each of them in a different way and the world was a better place because Jimmy was in it. God’s speed my friend. We spent many happy hours with James and he will be greatly missed and always loved.
James is survived by a sister-in-law, Ann Marie Nocera, Old Forge, nieces, Deborah Pepsin, Old Forge, Michele Curmaci, Bethlehem and nephews, Louis Nocera, Old Forge, Jeffery Nocera Bethlehem, great nieces, Ariane Pepsin, Alisa Curmaci both of Philadelphia and great nephew Matthew Curmaci, Bethlehem and many cousins.
James was preceded in death by a brother, Louis.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Louis V. Ciuccio Funeral Home, 145 Moosic Road, Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August Ricciardi, Pastor of the Prince of Peace Parish. Interment Old Forge Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Saturday morning 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A. of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes Barre, PA. 18702 or Scranton Animal Association, PO Box 3784, Scranton, PA. 18505 or a charity of the donor’s choice.