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Vincent "Jim"
Nese

October 23, 1915 – September 3, 2020

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Vincent “Jim”

After nearly 105 years of an incredible life, Vincent "Jim" Nese humbly embraced his journey to heaven and peacefully passed in his sleep with his two surviving sons by his side. Born October 22, 1915, Jim grew up in Pittsburgh with several siblings. Upon marrying his love, Carmella Collosimo, on May 8, 1943, he established his life in Penn Hills where he lived with his wife for seven decades. Still a newlywed, he entered World War II serving in the Navy as an electrician on the ship Halsey Powell when it was hit by an enemy plane. After the war, he was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as an electrician and worked for the company until his retirement in 1975. Having four sons, Pap was the much beloved patriarch of a very large Italian family that grew to 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He figured prominently at Sunday family gatherings, for he loved watching and, more specifically, debating, all Pittsburgh sports with his sons, oftentimes loudly and vehemently. His love of sports encompassed his grandkids' athletics, and he attended their countless competitions and events. As a grandfather, he demonstrated being a kid at heart, whether playing Pacman on his Atari or swinging on a playset. Even in his later years, Pap was an active man with planting a garden, hitting golf balls in his yard, swimming, and playing pool. Despite his advanced age at several of his grandchildren's weddings, he loved to dance, and he was always the first one to start the Chicken Dance. Honored by both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins on two separate occasions for his military service, Pap found himself on the jumbotron as the fans stood and applauded him. He would say both times that he wasn't a hero, and yet the way he lived his life couldn't be more heroic. Humble of heart and faithful of spirit, he was known for leading his entire family in a rendition of "Jesus Loves Me" at several family gatherings, and everyone sang loudly because that is what Pap wanted. No matter how silly one felt, one sang along because in those moments, that simple message rang true. Faith-filled, Pap lived the message of "loving everyone." For that reason, we do stand and applaud Pap. He lived a life of hope, and that hope is his legacy to his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Carmella and two sons Jimmy and Joe Nese as well as his several siblings. He is survived by his brother Robert "Bo" Nese and his sons, Richard (Liz) Nese and Paul (Randa) Nese as well as his daughters-in-law, Linda Nese and Deborah Nese, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends received, Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd./Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road) Penn Hills, where a Blessing Service will be held Wednesday at 10 AM. Due to COVID-19 and present restrictions on gatherings, guests attending visitation may be asked to wait to enter the building. Entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Hazelwood. Given Pap's intensive study of the Bible, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a bible-based church of one's choice.

First Visitation

When Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location
Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd./Roth Chapel
Address
7450 Saltsburg Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Additional Information Do to Covid-19 and present gathering restrictions, visitors may be asking to wait before entering the building.

Second Visitation

When Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd./Roth Chapel
Address
7450 Saltsburg Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Additional Information

Service Information

When
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 10:00am
Location
Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd./Roth Chapel
Address
7450 Saltsburg Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Interment Information

Location
Calvary Cemetery
Address
718 Hazelwood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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