Welcome to the memorial page for

James J. McCabe

February 10, 1952 ~ March 8, 2017 (age 65)

James J. McCabe, 65, of West Chester, died March 8, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Jim was born in Oceanside, New York on February 10, 1952 to the late James F. McCabe and Arline McCabe (nee Herr). He graduated from Oceanside High School in 1970 and New York Maritime College in 1974. Upon graduation, Jim entered the world of transportation at duPont transitioning to ship brokering, chartering, and trading for Sun Oil. He went on to have various roles in the energy trading industry including Director of Power Trading at Conectiv Energy. During this time, Jim also served in the Naval Reserves retiring as a commander in October 1997.

Actively serving his community, Jim started as a firefighter in Oceanside, New York at the age of 18 where he was a member of Terrace Hose Company. He joined Fame Fire Company of West Chester in 1981 and served faithfully ever since. During his time at Fame, Jim was as a lieutenant for 11 years. 

Jim was also an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time in the outdoors.

Jim is survived by his wife Nancy, his sons Jim and Ryan McCabe, his daughter-in-law Jessica McCabe, and his grandchildren Laura McCabe (3) and Jim McCabe (2); and Nancy’s children Kimberly Covert, Heather Vuyovich and Robert Day; and Nancy’s grandchildren Alexander Covert (24), Camryn Covert (17), Riley Vuyovich (21), Jack Vuyovich (17) and Ella Vuyovich (13), to whom he was affectionately called “Pops.”

Join the family for one last story and one last drink for A Celebration of Life at Fame Fire Company, 200 E Rosedale Ave, West Chester, on Saturday, March 18th beginning at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fame Fire Company Capital Campaign.

Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home of West Chester, PA 610.696.1181

Charitable donations may be made to:

Fame Fire Company Capital Campaign
200 West Rosedale Ave, West Chester PA 19382

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