James F. Conlin, a retired steelworker, died Sunday in his Lackawanna home after a long illness. He was 78.
Born in Newfane, Mr. Conlin, who was known as "Pappa," had lived in Lackawanna for 38 years. He began working for Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1948. He was a subforeman in various departments, including in the open hearth and blast furnace areas. He retired in 1983.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Conlin was a big fan of heavyweight boxing, the New York Yankees, the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at his cabin in Farmersville.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Genevieve Fronczek; a daughter, Linda Brown of Buffalo; two sons, Dennis Abram of Lackawanna and James F. Jr.; a brother, Robert of Burt; and seven grandchildren.
Services are private. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.