SUN CITY, Ariz. —
James A. Conley, 86, of Sun City, Ariz., and formerly of Meadville, died Saturday, April 6, 2013.
He was born in Pittsburgh, a son of Adele B. and James G. Conley.
He was a graduate of David B. Oliver High School, Pittsburgh, attended the University of Pittsburgh and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He married Joan Dickey, who preceded him in death on May 15, 2007. He owned and operated Vicon Inc. until he retired to Sun City in 1993.
He was a Meadville YMCA swimming coach and an avid sailor, ice skater and boat racer. He was a builder and inventor, having held many patents over his lifetime.
Survivors include a daughter, Jaime James and her husband, Kevin, of Phoenix; a son, Robert S. Conley and his wife, Kelly Anne, of Meadville; and two grandsons.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert J. Conley; and a son, David M Conley.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, with military honors and a memorial service at 3 p.m.
The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix; or the Meadville Area Recreational Complex, 800 Thurston Rd., Meadville, Pa. 16335. Condolences can be sent to hansenmortuary.com.