Lifelong area resident James V. “Jim” McNicol passed away at the age of 92 at 11:51 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Vista Center in Lisbon. He had been in failing health for some time and now joins the love of his life, Jean, who was waiting for him in Heaven. He has won his earthly race and done his duty in so many ways.
The oldest of nine children born to the late Harold Vincent and Artie Leigh McNicol, he was born in East Liverpool on February 4, 1925. He attended St. Aloysius School and remained a devout member of St. Aloysius Church, and later attended Sacred Heart. He was a 1943 graduate of East Liverpool High School and was a proud member of the ELHS Alumni Association later in his life; he was a strong and loyal supporter of the community more than anyone ever realized.
Following high school, Jim served his country during World War II with the United States Army Air Force, receiving two Bronze Stars. He was a dedicated member of the Rainbow Divisions Veterans Association, where he had been vice-president and board member, and also held memberships in the United Steel Workers of America Local #1212, the National Guard Association, Chester VFW, and Disabled American Veterans. Throughout his life, he supported many World War II and veterans’ foundations and associations.
He received his technical degree at DeVry Technical School in Chicago, and was an electrician in the Cold Strip at Crucible Steel Corporation, retiring in 1983.
On December 13, 1952, he married the former Eleanor Jean McIntosh, and they made their home on Bentley Avenue in Newell for many years. He lovingly cared for her until her death on October 3, 2013.
Jim is survived by a sister, Bonnie LaScola and her husband, Phil, of East Liverpool, along with four brothers: Ralph McNicol of Lisbon; Patrick McNicol of Columbiana; Richard McNicol and his wife, Inabel of Hubbard; and Mike McNicol and his wife, Kathy, of Rogers, and a sister-in-law, Patricia McNicol of Pickerington. Many nieces and nephews survive as well.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Jim was preceded in death by a sister, Grace McNicol, and by two brothers: Robert McNicol and Joseph L. McNicol.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Family Center, 220 West Fifth Street, which was the former McNicol family home, on Friday. The family will present from 3 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, with Father Jeeson Stephan officiating.
Burial will take place at Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide full military honors.
Following the burial, the family and friends will return to the Dawson Family Center for a continued time of fellowship.
Contributions may be sent in Jim’s memory c/o Rainbow Divisions Veterans Association; to Buckeye Hospice, 810 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 100, Boardman, Ohio 44512; to the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association, 216 East Fourth Street, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920; or to the church or charity of one’s choice.