James R. Briskie, 81, of Corry passed away Dec. 15, 2013, after a short illness at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
Jim was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Corry, the son of the late Joseph and Genevieve Briskie.
He was raised and educated in Corry, graduating from Corry High School in 1950.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1952 where he served on the aircraft carrier the Harry S. Bauer. After his honorary discharge in 1956, he was employed as a machinist at Barnes Group in Corry, where he retired in 1988.
Earlier in his life, he joined the YMCA in Corry, where he became a lifeguard. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast. Jim was the 1973 Pennsylvania State Champion and competed at the national level for qualification of the U.S. Olympic Team. He enjoyed outdoor activities with his family, such as water-skiing and snowmobiling. Jim was an avid hunter and golfer. He also enjoyed western square dancing, traveling abroad, woodworking, and was always willing to help friends and neighbors with construction projects.
Jim enjoyed monthly get-togethers with fellow classmates for breakfast. He was well known for his good sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Nancy (Krichbaum) Briskie, of 60 years whom he married in Meadville, July 3, 1953; a son, Robert J. Briskie of Wentworth, N.H.; a daughter, Brenda and husband James Falcone of Corry.
There will be a private service with the family and no calling hours will be observed.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society or the American Lung Association.
Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y.