James W. Haines Sr. died on February 4, 2012 at Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh following a short illness. Born May 15, 1931 the son of the late Walter C. and Mildred (Richter) Haines Mamula. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School and remained on the class reunion committee to his death. Mr. Haines was well known for his jovial personality, kindness and love of all people and all food. He started his career as “Cactus Jim” a disc jockey at WCVI in Connellsville. He moved to Monongahela in 1958 while working for Metropolitan Insurance where, in 1976, his was honored as “Agent of the Year”. He achieved the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter by The American College of Life Underwriters. In 1983 he was conferred the Outstanding Veteran Award by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. After his retirement Mr. Haines continued his Income Tax business until his death. Throughout his life he was active in many community activities including the Chairman of the Monongahela Bicentennial in 1969. Some of his memberships included St Damian of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church), Monongahela Elks, Past Veterans of Metropolitan Insurance Company and The Monongahela Neighborhood Boys Club. He was on the board of The United Way, Monongahela Sewage Authority, and Past President of MIDA; Chairman of the Mon Valley Heart Fund; Mon Valley Progress Council and Mon Valley Education Association Board of Directors. He also volunteered for many years at the former Mon Valley Catholic High School where he met many lifelong friends. In 1988, he was the recipient of the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” award and the 22nd Congressional District Award. He was a member of the Pitt Golden Panthers, of which he took great pride. Jim was a sports aficionado attending many sports events including Pitt Football and Basketball, Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He cherished his season tickets which he shared with his children and grandchildren. His dedication to Pittsburgh sports was evidenced by his attendance at 67 consecutive opening day Pirate games. He loved Cape May, NJ where he spent much of his last 36 summers.
His greatest love was his wife of 55 years Ida Jane (Waller) Haines who died June 30, 2009. He is survived by a son James W. Haines Jr and friend Maureen Mesing, daughters Jane Anne (David) Perecko and Cheryl DeRosa and friend James Long. Six grandchildren, Jennifer Perecko, Darryl Perecko and fiancé Stephanie Wingerter, Leah (Marc) Berry; Gary DeRosa, Natalie (Anthony) Pisano, Gino DeRosa and fiancé Colleen Butela and their father and dear friend Jeff DeRosa; and a brother-in- law Thomas Waller and numerous devoted nieces and nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his brother Richard and sister Marjorie. Friends will received in the Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess St. Monongahela, 724-248-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com from 6-8pm Monday and 2-4 and 6-8pm Tuesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be Celebrated in St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) on Wednesday February 8, 2012 at 10am with Fr. William Terza as Celebrant. Intermnent will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Twp. Contributions can be made through the family to The Forbes Hospice, 2570 Haymaker Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146.