James Joseph Lavin Jr., 84; police official in Phila., Jenkintown

James J. Lavin Jr.
James J. Lavin Jr.
Posted: March 11, 2014

James Joseph Lavin Jr., 84, of Skippack, a police official in Philadelphia and later Jenkintown, died Tuesday, March 4, of cancer at home.

Mr. Lavin spent his entire career in law enforcement. He retired in 1981 as a detective with the rank of lieutenant from the Philadelphia Police Department and then served as Jenkintown chief of police until Sept. 30, 1990.

"It's time," Mr. Lavin told the Borough Council in August 1990. "After eight years, it's time to go onward."

A Philadelphia native, he was a former resident of Roxborough and East Norriton Township.

He graduated from Roman Catholic High School and served as a Navy quartermaster second class aboard the USS Meredith during the Korean War.

Mr. Lavin was a member of St. Eleanor Catholic Church in Collegeville, where he served as an usher.

He was also a fourth-degree member of St. Titus Council 11040 and the Knights of Columbus in East Norriton.

Mr. Lavin was a member of FOP Lodge 5, Philadelphia; the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania; the Catholic War Veterans Post 1683, Norristown; the Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club; and the Pennsylvania Live Steamers in Perkiomen Township.

He loved to travel, and in any group was the life of the party, said his wife, the former Anne F. Dziewit.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Lavin is survived by sons J. Joseph III, Thomas, and Stephen; daughters Helen, Joanne Hlywiak, and Trish Stein; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m., Monday, March 10, at St. Eleanor Catholic Church, Sixth Avenue and Locust Street, Collegeville. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, East Norriton Township.

Friends may call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105; or the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia 19111.



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