James Zipay

Obituary of James M. Zipay

James M. Zipay, Esq., 75 years old from Peckville, passed away from Parkinson's related complications on August 30th at Allied Hospice. His wife and soul mate of 35 years was the former Paula Belcastro Zipay who passed away on September 8, 2020. He was born in Peckville, the son of the late Edward Zipay, Sr. and the late Kathryn Romanovich Zipay. Jim graduated from Blakely High School and due to his football excellence, he was awarded a full scholarship to Temple University where he distinguished himself in academics and football. After Temple ,he was accepted to Dickinson School of Law and graduated near the top of his class. Jim was employed by the Justice Department in Washington D.C. During that time, he was sent to South Dakota as a negotiator for the government concerning the Wounded Knee "civil disorder" of 1973. Shortly after he left the justice Department, he began his own law practice. His legal expertise extended to working for the Area Agency on Aging, counseling many seniors in need. Jim is survived by his brother, Edward Zipay, Jr. and wife Lila Zipay, several cousins, and his beloved cat, Sparky. Ed and Lila Zipay wish to thank Chris Kelleher, Nancy Roamnovich Clarkson, Ed and Annie Borowski, Randalll Brundage, D.O., the staff at Geisinger Medical Center and Allied Hospice. They tended to his needs with compassionate care. Jim was an ardent animal lover, feeding the wild turkeys, birds, and deer that visited daily. At Jim's request, there will be no viewing or funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rock Steady Boxing of Northeast PA, 1 Mason Dr., Old Forge , PA 18518 or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411. Arrangements are under the care of the James M. Margotta Funeral, Home, Peckville, PA. For online condolences please go to, "www.margottafuneralhomes.com."
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