James “Baca” Giovagnoli, 71, of Jessup, died Friday at Carbondale Nursing Home after a long, hard battle with cancer.
Born in Peckville, but a lifelong resident of Jessup, he was the son of the late Charles and Julia (Bilski) Giovagnoli. He was a 1970 graduate of Valley View High School and was employed by the Scranton State School for the Deaf as well as the Clarks Summit State Hospital prior to his retirement. He was also an active member of the American Legion Michael Steiner Post 411, Jessup.
James had the most infectious laugh. He always found the humorous side to ordinary situations and would crack a good joke whenever he could. He loved his family and truly enjoyed spending time with his brothers. He never missed his Saturday morning breakfast and gaming trips with his brothers to St. George’s Family Restaurant. He was a big sports fan, especially the Baltimore Orioles, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He loved to golf and always enjoyed golf trips, outings, and tournaments with his friends.
James is survived by four brothers, Carl (Michelle) and Frank, Archbald; Gary (Jayne), California, Md.; and Gregory (Michelle), Olyphant; a sister, Patricia Giovagnoli, Wilkes-Barre; and several nieces and nephews. James is also survived by three children from a previous marriage, James, Jacquelyn, and Jason.
He was proceeded in death by his sister Janet Young; brother-in-law Howard Young; and sister-in-law Jody Giovagnoli.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home. 1003 Church St., Jessup. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends and family may pay their respects Wednesday from 5-7 pm in the funeral home.