James D. Porter III was one of those people whom everyone knew in Millvale.
And no wonder. His service to Millvale as a police officer, volunteer fireman, council president, fundraiser, visionary and, when necessary, chief cook and bottle-washer was one that spanned generations.
“He had a lot of pride in his hometown,” said Millvale Mayor Vincent Cinski. “Jim didn’t do anything halfway. When he did something, he dove all the way in it.”
Mr. Porter, 75, died Monday.
Mr. Porter’s hard work and vision over the years were as varied as they were important, Mr. Cinski said. He noted that his friend and former fellow borough councilman was instrumental in the work of the Millvale Borough Development Corp., as well as the construction of the community baseball field, Millvale Riverfront Park, the Three Rivers Area Trail and the Three Rivers Rowing Association Training Facility. He also spearheaded the annual Millvale Days celebration.
“Everything he worked on, people are enjoying now,” Mr. Cinski said.
The mayor said Mr. Porter could as easily be found working alongside public works employees on the riverfront improvements as well as running the concession stand at the baseball field or cooking 1,200 meals for community members displaced by the flood of 2004.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Rosemarie Porter; three daughters, Lisa Simok of Toledo, Ohio, Kim Dembowski of Millvale and Lori Meinert of Reserve; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hahn Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 123 North Ave., Millvale, next to Holy Spirit Church. A burial Mass will be held Saturday at noon in Holy Spirit Church.
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