James Thomas Ferranti. 78 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with his wife and daughters by his side. James was born on June 14, 1942 and resided in Quebec, Canada until he was adopted by an America Family at the age of ten. James overcame many challenges throughout life.
His American roots grew strong starting from the moment he stepped foot onto American soil. Learning the English language, becoming a US Citizen and becoming one of the most Patriotic Americans ever. His Patriotism went so deep that he chose to serve in the American Army. He served from March 1964 to July 1964 and served five years in the US Army Reserves. James lived most of his childhood years in Masontown, PA with his Guardians from the Ferranti Family.
He was a 1962 alumnus of Father Kolb Memorial High School, Masontown, PA. In 1970 after serving his Country, James met the love of his life, Gloria Jean (Molinaro) Ferranti who he married in 1971 and shared a life with for 49 years. James and Gloria have two daughters: Kimberly Jean Ferranti of North Huntington, PA and Jamie Lynn (Ferranti) Shuster and her spouse Chris Shuster of Butler, PA and four grandchildren: Samantha Shuster, Alexander Shuster, Sydney Shuster and Jordan Shuster.
Jim was preceded in death by many loving family members and lifelong friends. Many whom he held dear to his heart. James is survived by his brothers, Phillip Ferranti, Edward (Michelle) Ferranti; sisters, Linda (Charles) Smith, Dr. SherylAnne (Dr. Maged Hamza) Hamza, Michelle (William) Alfano; and brother-in-law, Larry Morris. James’ Catholic Faith was strong. He was a lifelong member of Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church, North Huntington where he served as an usher. He was part of the Knights of Columbus.
James could always be seen serving the Lord in a multitude of ways and was always looking for ways to help others. Prior to his retirement James worked for Bombardier Transportation Division in the maintenance department.
Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church. Interment to follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published July 23, 2020.