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James T. "Tom" McKernan of Hermitage passed away at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) in Butler VA Community Living Center. He was 75.
Mr. McKernan was born April 5, 1942, in Ford City, Pa., a son of John and Wilma (Emminger) McKernan.
He was a 1960 graduate of Ford City High School and received his associate's degree in business administration at Penn State, Shenango.
He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War as an aircraft mechanic.
Tom was employed: for 21 years at the former National Castings, Division of Midland Ross Corp, Sharon; Valley Mold and Iron Co., Hubbard; and Eljer Manufacturing, Salem, Ohio. He retired in 2004 as production manager at CCL Container, Hermitage.
Tom was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Sharon. He was a life member of Hickory VFW, post 6166, Hermitage, and a member of the American Legion, post 299, Sharon.
He enjoyed bowling and golfing in various leagues. Most of all, Tom cherished the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Susan Beno, whom he married on June 29, 1968, in Ford City; two daughters, Lisa Aloi and her husband David, of Sylvania, Ohio, and Lori Tumpak and her husband James, Hermitage; five grandchildren, Nathan and Morgan Aloi, Luke Krivosh, and Jamie and Alex Tumpak; six sisters, Jean Ann Bowser and her husband Gerald, East Brady, Pa., Joan Peters and her husband Robert, Sharpsville, Mary Cline and her husband Kenneth, New Wilmington, Bonny Sheesley and her husband Carl, Greenville, Rose Brindger and her husband Andrew, Valdosta, Ga., and Debbie McKernan, Ford City; three brothers, Robert McKernan and his wife Veronica, Ford City, Jack McKernan and his wife Karen, Kittanning, Pa., and Richard McKernan and his companion Sharon, Ford City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Diana Peters.
The family would like to thank the staffs of UPMC Horizon Oncology, Family Hopsice, the Butler VA Hospice, and Dr. Dean Petrucci for their loving and supportive care of Tom and his family during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be made to either, VA Hospice, C/O Butler VA Community Living Center, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001, or St. Joseph's Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.

James T. "Tom," 75, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, (10-13-17) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 1090 East State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m., Saturday (10-14-17) in St. Joseph's Church, Sharon, with Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Burial: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on October 11, 2017
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