James Anthony Cottone, 74 of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, formerly of Clairton, Pennsylvania, died on May 5, 2021. He was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania as one of eight children on December 11, 1946, to the late Eugene and Angeline (Leeper) Cottone. James was a 1965 graduate of Clairton High School and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a steelworker for the USS Irvin Works for nearly 20 years and worked as an insurance broker for the remainder of his very hardworking career, which continued until his death. James was a talented football player for Clairton High School and Parsons College. Throughout his life, he enjoyed camping, boating, dancing, music, sports, and spending time with his family.
James is survived by his daughter Ellen (James) Richey; sisters Joann (Jack) Geary and Mary Ann (Robert) Melani; and brothers Eugene (Bonnie) Cottone and Robert (Cindy) Cottone, and companion Dorothy Smoyer. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Anthony (Janet) Cottone and Frank (Dinka) Cottone as well as his sister Carmel (William) Donnelly.
Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 9th from 6-8 and Monday, May 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 11th at 10 a.m. presided by Rev. Marcia Rhoades, followed by interment at Saint Clare Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UPMC Cancer Center at 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15132 or by calling the center at (412) 623-4700. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
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