James P. Marra, Sr.

  • Died: March 19, 2021
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

James P. Marra, Sr., known to friends and family as "The Chief", died peacefully at home on March 19, 2021 at the age of 85. Jim was born on November 8, 1935 in Walkers Mill, the middle child to Michael and Antionette, and was preceded in death by them and his two brothers, Michael and Peter.

His faith and his family were the most important things in his life. In 1960 he married Trudie Coen, the love of his life, and together they raised the five children who survive him: James (Joni), Anna Marie Locke (Michael), David (Shanna), Lisa Argent (David), and William (Kacey). He was grandfather to ten and great-grandfather to six, and he was uncle to twelve nephews and nieces. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his particular pride.

His career spanned a variety of occupations--plasterman (20 years after he hung up his trowel, former clients still sought his services); staff manager for John Hancock, where he was sufficiently successful that he was able to retire before age 60; and golf starter at The Club at Nevillewood, which he often said was the best job he ever had.

He served his community in many roles—National Guardsman, Chartiers Valley school board member, President of Heidelberg Borough Council, Faithful Navigator and Grand Knight of Columbus (Council 11143), lector at St. Vincent De Paul Chapel, and a volunteer at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. He was a kind and compassionate man who never met a stranger. We will miss his limitless supply of laughter, love, and Luigi jokes; his grace and style as he danced nights away with Mom, and his beautiful singing voice.

Our family will receive friends on Sunday 6-8 PM, and Monday 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Twp., 15220. Friends may also call between 9-9:30 AM on Tuesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 330 Third Avenue, Carnegie, officiated by Fr. Aleksandr J. Schrenk, Parochial Vicar, and concelebrated by Fr. Donald P. Oleksiak, Vicar General for the Diocese of Cleveland and Reverand William A. Thaden, Pastor Sacred Heart Chapel, Loraine, Ohio.

Our family thanks the caregivers at Debbie's Angels who tended to our father's needs in the last weeks of his life with great skill and compassion. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully ask you to consider a donation to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110 (www.pittsburghfoodbank.org). www.slaterfuneral.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Lisa,

You are a great person. The best. I loved your parents. Great family. I think of you often. Sorry for loss Peace to family
Hugs Kisses

Kiran Sandhu
Kiran Murray

Posted by Kiran Sandhu - Carnegie, PA - Classmate   March 22, 2021

Please accept my condolences on behalf of Carole Schenk, the late Charles A. Schenk, III, and their children - Chris, Lisa, Andrew and Heidi.

We fondly remember Jim and the fun times at each others homes. I remember working with Jim at John Hancock and enjoyed his great sense of humor and kind ways. My memory of him is always with his great smile.

Posted by Heidi Schenk - Riley - Hobe Sound, FL - Coworker   March 22, 2021

Our prayers are with you and your family, Big Jimmy.

Posted by Ron Caporizzo - Drexel Hill, PA - Family   March 21, 2021

Jimmy and I grew up in good old Walkers Mills.
We as kids did many things together. All the kids in that wonderful town always got along together playing ball, kick the can, go sheepy go and we all walked to the Chapel on Wednesdays for our religious classes and always went as a group.
And we cannot forget the quarray where we all swam during the summer. In the evenings we all gathered on the bumpment and sang songs while my brother Mike played his guitar along with his buddy Buzzy.
We played ball in the parking lot of the bar across the street from my grandmothers........heck some of had a bat and some of used any old stick we could find........and sometimes our ball was sting rolled up in a ball and had bandage tape to hold it together.........
Yes, we have such fond memories of our childhood. We did not have much money to have the good things kids have today, but we all had the love of friendship and the love of God which set us in the right direction to grow into adults.
Jimmy, you will surely be missed by your loved ones and your friends.
Rest in peace in the arms of our dear Lord......
Your friend...........

Posted by Marianne Merchant Palombi - Carnegie, PA - Friend   March 21, 2021