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James F. McCloskey, Jr., 68

September 07, 2020

Heaven gained a gracious, kind-hearted, quick-witted, and devoted angel on Monday, September 7, 2020. Known by many as “Jim”, James F. McCloskey, Jr., 68, passed away surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home.

Born in Lancaster, James was the son of the late James F. Sr. and Dorothy (Herzog) McCloskey.

Jim was the husband of Diane Maylock with whom they celebrated their 47th Anniversary in May. Together they went on to raise their daughter, Michelle and spent many wonderful years together in their loving home. Defined as a family man, Jim valued his family and cherished the memories he created with them. He was a man of faith and valued the many genuine friendships he made along his journey. Jim was the kind of man that would light up the room with his sense of humor and big heart which he expressed in a multitude of ways.

Through the years, he enjoyed listening to classic rock, watching Philadelphia sports, and riding his Harley Davidson with his son-in-law and best friend, Dan. Together they attended many motorcycle events which was ultimately highlighted with a trip to Sturgis in 2013. But above all, he loved spending time with his beloved wife, daughter, “son” and his grandson, Tyler, who was ‘the light of his life”. Jim and Tyler had a bond that will never be broken. Jim and his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandson enjoyed many trips together to the beach every summer and endless days just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. Jim adored his family. He also loved spending time with his “girls”, Sniffles and Ella. Jim was also a very Patriotic man who loved his Country and what it stood for. He also loved his sweets and his ice cream.

He attended and graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1969.

A skilled and talented tradesman, James was a plumber who worked for Jay R. Reynolds, Inc. where he retired in 2012. Upon his retirement, he worked for Phoebe Pharmacy where he worked as a courier. He worked there while battling cancer and enduring his many chemo treatments. He worked there until November 2019.

His memory will forever be cherished by his beloved wife, Diane; a beloved daughter: Michelle Leber wife of Daniel, his beloved and adored grandson, Tyler James Leber and his beloved three sisters: Cathy Gaenzle, Mary Baciotti wife of his “favorite brother-in-law” Joseph, and Doris Miller; brother-in-law: Jerry Brown; as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He will also be greatly missed by his furry companions Sniffles, Ella, and Cubby as well.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a sister: Susan Brown.

Family and friends are invited to the visitation on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 11AM-1PM at the Tent at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA with the Celebration of Life Service to follow at 1PM which ALL are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, American Cancer Society, and/or the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.

The family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and more specifically to Dr. Balepur for the care they provided to James as well as all of the nurses and doctors that took care of him thru his 6 1/2 years of battling cancer.

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September 15, 2020

Always so proud to call you my “Brother”. 
Love you,
Your sister, Mary

September 15, 2020

To Dee and family…so sorry for your loss. Jim and Roger shared some good times at Frey/Lutz. He was such a good person. So sorry we will not see you next weekend but our thoughts are with all of you.
Roger and Karen Martin

September 14, 2020

McCloskey Family,
 I worked with Jim at Brubaker Inc. He came in every morning with a smile and also a muffin. I started saying good morning (muffin) to him. I am fortunate I got to know him and call him a friend during that time he made us all smile.  Very kind and great person. I am very sorry for your loss and will be sending you all prayers, Erik

September 14, 2020

We will miss you always and forever, Dad.  This isn’t goodbye as I know you will always be with us.  Thank you for being the best MAN in the world.  Love you, Daddy!
Michelle M Leber

September 13, 2020

Dear Dee, Michelle , Tyler and Dan, 
Please accept our deepest condolences. No words can describe what Jim has done for us. He was kind, gentle and very welcoming . We adored him the moment we met. I will truly missed seeing his comment with my name attached on NextDoor. He left us too soon. Keeping you all in our hearts and prayers. 
With love and deepest sympathy,
Amy and Thia Huynh 

September 13, 2020

Dee so sorry I’m away in Delaware on Saturday. Your in my thoughts & prayers. 
Jessie

September 13, 2020

Dear Michelle, Dan and Tyler
I do not have the words…I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad and Granddad is such a beautiful soul. Michelle, you have his smile. Heaven became even brighter when he passed. His love for you was so very evident. Such a great man. Please know I carry you in my heart and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy 
Nicole, Dan, Joseph and John Martin

September 13, 2020

Dear Mrs McCloskey,
I am so so sorry for your loss. I will always cherish knowing Mr McCloskey and the way he radiated joy. In high school with Michelle when he saw me he shouted out “Bert” with such a smile. Keeping you in my heart and prayers always,
Deepest Sympathy 
Nicole 

September 13, 2020

Gone much too soon.  Prayers for your family.  May his memory always warm your souls.
Loretta Campbell

September 13, 2020

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Jim.  Mike graduated with him and we spent many happy times at St. Peter’s School activities with your Michelle & our Tim.  We saw Jim awhile ago at Ann Barshinger where he was fighting the courageous fight of his life. God bless him. Unfortunately he and Mike shared the same diagnosis of colon cancer. (Mike is to start his second bout of chemotherapy very soon.)
We will pray for you, Diane, for Michelle and your family. We are so sorry. 
Mike and Monte Ann Finegan   

September 13, 2020

Dear Cathy & family:.  We are so very sorry for your loss.  Please accept our sincere condolences.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this must difficult time.  May you be comforted in knowing he is at peace.  Sincerely, Carolyn and Dave Brown

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
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