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Monday February 21st, 2022
8:30am - 11:00am

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St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church
Monday February 21st, 2022
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James R. Salvaggio

SALVAGGIO---James R., 85, East Taylor Township, passed away on February 16, 2022 at Richland Woods. Born December 23, 1936, in Johnstown, son of Charles and Mary (Varatto) Salvaggio. Preceded in death by parents; first wife, MaryAnn (Andrews) who died in 1991, second wife, Rose (Yakemic) Salvaggio who died in 2020 and special uncle Sam. Survived by children, James R. (Janice); Marie (John); and Robert J. (Andrea); 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Brother of Charles “Bud” Salvaggio (Kathy) and Joanne Democko (Mike) and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by stepchildren, Todd (Kim) and Mark. Preceded in death by stepson, Scott. Survived by 3 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren. Jim was a 1955 graduate of East Conemaugh High School, where he played basketball. He owned Jim’s Barber Shop in East Conemaugh where he was a barber for 55 years. He was known as a people person and in addition to a haircut, many of his customers enjoyed just hanging out at the shop and eating homemade cookies baked by his wife, Rose. Jim was great at telling jokes and stories. He also owned Jim’s Bar, where people came from all around to enjoy their family pizza recipe. Most of all, Jim truly loved his family and spending time with them. He was always there to offer great advice. Member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, Woodvale. Lifetime member of the Conemaugh Independence Fire Company. He was a referee for PIAA along with his wife, MaryAnn and they were the first husband and wife referees in the state of Pennsylvania. Jim enjoyed playing tennis, ping pong, pool and golfing. He also enjoyed dancing and music and particularly listening to Jerry Vale. The family will receive friends from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. Monday at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel 229-231 First Street, Conemaugh, followed by Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, Woodvale, with Rev. James F. Crookston. Committal, St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Geistown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org to assist with Parkinson’s Disease research in memory of James R. Salvaggio. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. I never got to meet your father, but considering he raised such a great person, I sure he was an amazing man. Never forgot the memories you two shared. Sending prayers and condolences.

Michael Young Feb 21 2022 12:25 PM

Sending prayers and condolences. So sorry for your loss

Janet Coleman, Lori & Larry Dreibelbis Feb 20 2022 5:05 PM

Sending my deepest sympathy for the family. He'll be truly missed. It was awesome working being his care aide. Feeling sad, I didn't get chance to go and see him. I enjoyed being his DCW....I'll always remember him ..God Bless.

Margie Woodard DCW Feb 20 2022 10:16 AM

Will always remember our family gatherings and outings through the years, with our Dads causing trouble! Uncle Jim was my special birthday buddy, I will never forget that. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers, peace and prayers to you.

Niece Karen and families Feb 18 2022 8:27 PM

Jim, Rob and family. So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My sympathy to the entire family. God be with each of you during this really difficult time. Blessings 💔🙏🏻💔🙏🏻

Joetta Rager Feb 18 2022 1:44 PM

I was a customer of Jim's for a long time and I always enjoyed the time I shared with him. His humor and smile always brought laughter to his many customers. You didn't mind waiting for a haircut at Jim's; you had more time to laugh at his jokes.
May he Rest In Peace.

Walt Wojnaroski Feb 18 2022 11:42 AM

I enjoyed reconnecting with Jim.at Richland Woods and reminiscing about my experiences in East Conemaugh. He was a special person.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, test in peace.
Russ Gillman

Russ Gillman Feb 18 2022 6:39 AM

So sorry to hear about your dad. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Mary Grove-Stover and family

Mary Grove-Stover Feb 17 2022 8:48 PM