Age 49, of Pittsburgh, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, after a sudden illness. Beloved husband of Cathy (Kremer) Ellis; son of Ruth Ellen (Ellis) Witkowski and the late James M. Ellis, Sr; loving father of Brady Michael and Ryan James; brother of Carol (William) Taylor and Cyndie (John) Kopie; late step-father John Witkowski; Jim had two great loves. First, his family. Second, fire fighting. Jim was a passionate fire fighter and began his career at the age of 16 as a volunteer in Mars, PA, now known as the Adams Area Fire District. He later served on the Board for this fire company. He then served three years in Wilkinsburg, finishing off his career with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire where he became a well-respected and renowned Captain. He also served 25 years with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Jim will forever live on in the hearts of his wife, sons, family, friends, as well as all of those he touched throughout his life and career legacy.
Friends welcome 5-8pm MONDAY and 2-8pm TUESDAY, WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Rd, Scott Twp 15220. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00a.m. WEDNESDAY, St. Bernard Church ( St. Michael the Archangel Parish) 311 Washington Rd (Mt. Lebanon) 15216.
In lieu of flowers donations suggested to the Brady and Ryan Education Fund Fundraiser by Genna Kicinski : Brady and Ryan Ellis Education Fund (gofundme.com) or to the Central Blood Bank Vitalant - Donate Blood, Plasma or Platelets with Vitalant.
Burial with honors will be in Mars Cemetery, Mars, PA.
Order a Jim Ellis benefit T-Shirt, all proceeds will benefit the Brady and Ryan Ellis Education Fund.