YOUNGSTOWN — James “Jim” G. Doran, 73, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Hospice House, with his family by his side.
Jim was born November 16, 1948 in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, the son of the late James R. and the late Marguerite A. “Maggie” Gray Doran.
Jim graduated the Class of 1966 from Cardinal Mooney High School and attended Duns Scotus College, where his curriculum included Philosophy and Latin.
Jim graduated from Youngstown State University with a BA, majoring in history, with a minor in political science, then earned his master’s degree in criminal justice.
He served his country as a military policeman in the Ohio National Guard and was honorably discharged in March 1977 after eight years.
Jim worked for the Catholic Diocese from 1972 to 1975 in the Department of Education. He taught religious studies from grades nine through twelfth, was Key Club entertainer, golf coach, and football statistician.
He started working in 1977 for IBM Corp. as a facilities and contracts administrator until 1993. He then worked briefly for Habitat for Humanity.
Jim served as Social Action Coordinator and Program Manager from 1994-2002 with Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Youngstown. He then served as Director of Administrative Operations for Fleming Nationalease until his retirement in April 2016.
Jim had many interests and belonged to many affiliations: he was a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters; volunteered at St. John’s Cathedral in Cleveland and its soup kitchen; Board Member and Vice President, Lee County Habitat for Humanity; board member, Catholic Service League; Rural Opportunity Housing Corporation; Member, Interfaith Home Maintenance; and board member of the Youngstown Area Community Action Council.
Jim was also a current member of American Legion Post 194 in Mason; Sister Jérôme’s school; and Council 274 and Assembly 826 of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim, still an Irishman, was also a member of Division 6 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Youngstown. He and his wife are longtime parishioners at St. Patrick’s Church.
Jim leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Phyllis P. “Honey” Farragher, whom he married on September 30, 1995, at St. Patrick’s Church; and his brothers, Daniel (Maureen) Doran of Hingham, Mass; Mark (Mary Lou) Doran of Cincinnati and Patrick Doran of Boardman.
Jim also leaves his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kathy (Tim) Timms, Julie (Frank) Rosa, Susan (Bob) Bury of Lorain, Sally (Buzz) Kelty, Nina (Wayne) Cronan of Knoxville Tenn., Bill Farragher , Mary (David) Larson of Hudson, and Mark (Jean) Farragher and Todd (Renee) Farragher. He was much loved by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Jim had many close friendships throughout his life that he treasured and loved.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Church, celebrated by the Reverend Kevin Peters.
Family and friends can call 4-8 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2022 at Fox Funeral Home and 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Jim’s family has requested that material tributes be paid to the St. Patrick’s Church Preservation Fund, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown, OH 44507.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home 4700 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512. Jim’s family and friends can visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and leave condolences for the family. Doran.