James Harvey Bond, 89 of West Chester, PA passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
Born November 10, 1929 in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late James H. Bond and Edna (nee Magee) Bond.
Jim graduated from West Chester High School in 1947. In the 1970’s, he attended classes at Villanova University relating to his career in Hospital Administration.
As a young man, growing up in East Goshen Township, Jim worked on several local horse farms until he joined the Army in 1950. After training at Camp Breckinridge, KY, he was deployed to Korea in 1951. He was discharged as a Sergeant First Class in 1952 after being awarded a Bronze Star. In 2016 he also received the Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea for his service in South Korea during the war.
Following his service in the Army, Jim returned home and went into the hardwood flooring business with his father and brother, Edward. After many years in the family business, Jim was hired as an Employee Relations Counselor in the Human Resources department at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA. He held several positions in the department in his 10 years there.
Jim and his wife, Peg, spent many vacations camping, hiking and fishing in the Rocky Mountains. With the mountains calling, Jim and Peg left Pennsylvania to head west for a new job and a new lifestyle. Jim found employment as the Director of Human Resources at Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where he worked until his retirement in 1992.
Meanwhile, Jim and Peg purchased land in Bondurant, Wyoming and built a log house that was truly their pride and joy. Countless guests, family and friends, came to visit and spend vacations and holidays. They were guaranteed a cozy bed, a home cooked meal and, no doubt, a Manhattan or two. Jim possessed an unlimited amount of practical knowledge and talent, which he shared with many of his Hoback Ranches neighbors from time to time.
He was passionate about all outdoor recreation including hunting and fishing, snowshoeing and hiking. Jim was athletic and played on an adult baseball league with the Red Men in West Chester and he enjoyed playing ice hockey, which he continued to play until age 70.
Jim felt it was his civic duty to give back to the community. He volunteered as an Executive on Loan to the United Way while working in Hospital Administration. He was a volunteer Firefighter with the Bondurant Fire Company from 1990-1998. He spent 3 terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission of Sublette County from 1992-2001.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Bond (nee Hall) and children, Brenda Di Bartolomeo (James), Judy Conley (Christopher), JB Bond, Thomas Bond (Donna). Eight grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Siblings, Edward F. Bond (Kathleen) and Elizabeth Brewer.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, David L. Bond in 2013.
Services and Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365
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