James Gilbert McLane died at the UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport, on March 17, 2017.
He was born in Williamsport, Pa., on January 21, 1952, a son of Dr. Charles McLane, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Gilbert) McLane. He grew up in South Williamsport, graduating from South Williamsport High School in 1969. He graduated from Penn State University in 1973 with a degree in finance. His early career years were spent in banking at various institutions including Fidelity Bank and the Lock Haven Savings and Loan. Jim and his wife, Melanie, met at a real estate closing at the Lock Haven Savings and Loan Office in Williamsport and were married on May 10, 1980.
He is the father of two children, Lauren (Greg) Gross of York, Pa., and Clark (Josie) McLane of Jersey Shore. He has three grandchildren, Cayson and Callen McLane and Eleanor Gross, who were the lights of his life. In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, he is survived by two brothers, Charles (Marilyn) McLane III of Newtown, Pa.; Michael (Dorothy) McLane of Lansdale, Pa.; and one sister, Kathryn (Ron) Lay of Annville, Pa., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In 1992, he received a MBA from Bloomsburg University. He entered the real estate business in the early 1990s and was a co-owner of Jackson Real Estate.
A lifelong Catholic, Jim was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Jersey Shore. His faith was strong and deep, leaving his family with the assurance that he is with God and they will meet again. “For God’s faithful people, life is changed, not ended.”
A past president of the YMCA Board in Jersey Shore, he was serving as a director of the West Branch Valley Association of REALTORS® at the time of his death. He coached youth basketball at the YMCA for several years, and in his younger days he was an avid tennis player and runner. He still regularly played golf and fished. A lifelong lover of learning, he was an avid reader. He was proud of his Irish heritage and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Lock Haven, Pa. He was a past member of the Jersey Shore Lions Club.
Jim was known for his quick wit; his love for his family and his dog, Sandy; and the most special place to him in the world, his cabin in Potter County. He was a faithful and true husband, father, and friend.
The family will receive friends at the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St. Jersey Shore, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. A memorial funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 118 Kendall Ave. Jersey Shore, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Concelebrants will be Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, of St. Mary’s Church, York, and Fr. Bert Kozen, of St. Luke’s Church. There will be a funeral luncheon immediately following the Mass. Burial will be privately conducted at Wildwood Cemetery at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to either the Jersey Shore Public Library, 110 Oliver St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740
or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, http://www.jdrf.org/