Munhall’s Jim Hogan valued family, friends, faith, charity
Jim Hogan’s tokens of love came in sixes.
The father of five daughters always made sure he had something for each of his girls and their mother, Mary Alexander Hogan, even on observances such as St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day.
“And if it was Easter, you could be sure there were six lilies” said daughter Kathleen Siegel of Knox.
James E. “Jim” Hogan, 80, of Munhall, died Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Mr. Hogan, who retired from Westinghouse’s East Pittsburgh plant as a human resources supervisor and volunteered for the St. Vincent DePaul Society, made family, faith and friends his top priorities, said longtime friend Vince DiRicco.
“He was a very good friend and we’ll miss him. We were Eucharistic lectors and golf friends,” DiRicco said. He recalled how he, Mr. Hogan and friends Harry Shope, Don Sullivan and the Rev. Nick Mastrangelo became known as the breakfast club after they began meeting for breakfast several mornings a week after Mass in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Munhall.
Although Mr. Hogan spent most of his professional life in human resources, he edited two newspapers, the Wilmerding Valley News and the Wilkinsburg Gazette, when he was a young man taking journalism courses in Duquesne University.
Siegel said her mother used to joke that back then, when Mr. Hogan suggested going for a ride after work, she never knew whether he wanted to relax or was still chasing down a story.
“When he got that job at Westinghouse, he felt it was a solid employer and he never went back to journalism. But even as he aged, he always had a newspaper or magazine with him. He loved CNN and the news channels. He loved to see what was going on in the world,” she said.
And he made sure his five daughters knew how to navigate the world properly.
“He was famous as a man of proper etiquette. He kept the Emily Post Etiquette in the bookcase as a reference. And if something came up in conversation while we were at the dinner table about how something should be done, he’d consult the book.
“He liked our lives to be fairly structured as far as church and school, but he always made sure we had a summer vacation,” Siegel said, recalling days at a cottage at Conneaut Lake.
Mr. Hogan, who was born in Connecticut and grew up in Forest Hills, was a son of the late James Elliot Hogan and Helen Grimes Hogan.
In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include four other daughters: Rosemary Wherry, Judy Webb, Ruth Ann Noblick and Alice Holzmann; a brother, Jerome Hogan; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today in George Irvin Green Funeral Home, 3511 Main St., Munhall.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
The family asks that memorials be in the form of donations to St. Therese Church.