James (“Jim”) Emery, 91, of Alachua, FL passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL after a brief illness. He was born September 1929 in Dravosburg, Pa., to the late David and Elizabeth Emery and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy, his sons, James (Chris), and Glenn (Kelly), his grandchildren, James, Michael (Ashley), and Tedi Marie and his great-grandchildren, Iris and Beckett.
He graduated from McKeesport Vocational High School prior to serving in the Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home after his service he became a carpenter at Mesta Machine Company where he worked for more than 29 years. Prior to moving to Alachua, Fla., Jim was a long-time resident of West Mifflin, Pa., where he coached his boys in little league, was their "den mother" in the Cub Scouts and biggest supporter in everything they did.
Jim was a Life Member of the International Association of Lions Clubs which he joined in 1982 and was an active member in PA and FL clubs as an ambassador of goodwill and "Tail Twister." He became known as "Spiderman Jim" as he fulfilled his roles and always had a smile and a trinket to give to all the people he met.
In lieu of services and flowers, the family asks that you please consider a memorial donation in Jim's name to Leader Dogs for the Blind at www.leaderdog.org and/or to Turkey Creek Lions Club at 476 Turkey Creek, Alachua, FL 32615. And for those of you that he gave one of his famous pennies, please remember that so long as you keep it, "you will never be broke."
Arrangements were in charge of Cravasse Simple Cremation, Gainesville, Fla.
Originally published March 17, 2021.