James B. Alpin Sr., 76, former crane operator

Posted: June 04, 2014

James B. Alpin Sr., 76, of Jacobstown, a former crane operator at U.S. Steel in Bucks County, died of leukemia on Wednesday, May 28, at home.

After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in 1955, Mr. Alpin worked as an Army medic in West Germany during his 1956-58 military service.

Mr. Alpin began his career in the Rolling Division of U.S. Steel in Fairless Hills in 1955, before entering the Army, and retired in 1987. He made it a career, daughter Suzanne Fenton said, because "he was good at it."

Mr. Alpin and his wife, Gloria, then opened a Burlington City franchise for the national firm PIP Printing & Marketing Services, which they operated until 2003.

Besides copying documents, Fenton said, "we also designed documents, letterheads, brochures, business cards. It was a family business," Fenton said, where she also worked.

The Alpins left the printing business in order to have time for travel, taking part in four international cruises as well as visiting Ireland more than once.

Besides his wife and daughter, Mr. Alpin is survived by sons James B. Jr. and Brian, a brother, a sister, and seven grandchildren.

A visitation was set from 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 6, at the Church of the Assumption, 28 Monmouth Rd., Wrightstown, before an 11 a.m. memorial Mass there, with interment at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown.

Donations may be sent to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Suite 300, Five Eves Drive, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.tilghmanfh.com.


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