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.