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James W. Guest

August 23, 1931 — February 23, 2019


James "Jim" W. Guest, 87 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Paramount Senior Living in McMurray.

He was born on August 23, 1931 in Charleroi to James Harry and Pauline May Ermlich Guest who preceded him in death.

On June 23, 1951 in Charleroi PA he married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Joanne Waddell who passed away on August 20, 2014.

James was a 1950 graduate of Charleroi High School. After graduating high school he went to work at H&B Chevrolet in Charleroi. From 1957 until 1963 he and his brother Ronald owned and operated Guest’s Sunoco in McMurray . He was then employed at Town and Country Cars in Washington as a mechanic. Eventually he went to work as a steel fabricator with Piatt Machine in Washington where he retired as a shop foreman in 1996.

Mr. Guest was a 50 plus year member of the Bears Club of Meadowlands. He was also a social member of the VFW Post 553 in Strabane for many years.

James enjoyed gardening and every year had a large garden to tend to. He and his wife would can the bounty from the garden.

During the late 50’s and 60’s, James raced go carts for the Kiwanis Club. He was very handy and could always fix anything that needed fixed at home.

Since childhood, he and his family enjoyed weekends and vacations at the family cottage on Chautauqua Lake in New York. James loved boating and fishing for muskies on the lake and just relaxing being with his family.

He is survived by his children James R. Guest who resided with him in Canonsburg, Cynthia A. Derrico (Jeffrey) also of Canonsburg, and Kenneth L. Guest (Jill) of Washington, his brother Ronald (Judy) Guest of Canonsburg, his four grandchildren Justin Derrico, Jenna Derrico (Phil Rhein), Britni (Mark) Hunkele and Brogan Guest, two great grandchildren Henry and Charles Hunkele, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are welcome from 2~4 p.m and 6~8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, LFD, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120 where A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019 with Darla A. Tripoli, LFD and Certified Celebrant officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, 3739 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317.

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