James P. Caulfield Sr., 81, of 201 Schuylkill Ave., Shenandoah Heights, passed away Friday morning at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street.
Born in Lost Creek, March 9, 1929, he was a son of the late Patrick M. and Mary Byrne Caulfield.
Mr. Caulfield was a graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School, Class of 1947.
He was a Army veteran of the Korean War.
Prior to his retirement, Jim worked for 15 years for the former Metropolitan Mirror & Glass Co., Frackville. Earlier, he worked in the local coal industry.
He was a member of St. George’s Church, Shenandoah.
Mr. Caulfield was a former member of the Shenandoah Valley School Board, where he served as vice president.
Jim was actively involved in regional and local veterans associations. He was a life-member and former commander of the Shenandoah AMVETS Post 7 and served as commander for the Eastern Region State Amvets Association. He was past commander, an officer and a member of the Anthony P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792 and was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1107, both of Shenandoah.
Mr. Caulfield had served as president of the Northern Anthracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame for the past 30 years. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame. In his earlier years, he played semi-professional baseball for the Lost Creek Rebels and the Ringtown Aces. He served as manger for the Phoenix Fire Company Little League Team and was a member of the Shenandoah Valley Quarterback Club. Jim was an avid supporter of all Shenandoah Blue Devils Sports programs.
He was a member and former fire chief of the West Mahanoy Township Fire Department; a former member of the West End Fire Company, Lost Creek, and an active volunteer of the Shenandoah Rescue Hook and Ladder Fire Company’s fundraising events.
Jim was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens, both of Shenandoah, and a former member of the Frackville Elks Lodge.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Catherine Caulfield.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Joan H. Masaitis; a daughter, Susan D., wife of Joseph B. Lawson Sr. Zion Grove; three sons, James P. Caulfield Jr., Shenandoah, John M. Caulfield and his wife, Tara, and Joseph R. Caulfield and his wife, Andrea, all of Shenandoah Heights; six grandchildren, Rachael and Joseph “Ben” Jr. Lawson and Allison, James III, Logan and Trevor Caulfield; a brother, Thomas M. Caulfield, Shenandoah; two sisters, Rose A., wife of Paul Zimmerman, Ringtown, and Anne O’Pake, Mahanoy City; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.
Religious and military services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah, with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Friends may call at funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.