James Sutor, executive at Provident Mutual

James F. Sutor
James F. Sutor
Posted: June 07, 2014

James F. Sutor, 90, formerly of Lafayette Hill, an insurance company executive, died Sunday, June 1, of a cardiac ailment at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne.

Known as Jim, Mr. Sutor was a retired vice president and secretary of the board for Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., which for many years had offices in a majestic building at 4601 Market St.

Long after Mr. Sutor retired, the company reorganized and merged to become Nationwide Provident.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Sutor was a 1942 graduate of Germantown Academy and the Haverford College Class of 1947.

He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Monterey in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander, and he joined the Naval Reserves with the same rank.

Mr. Sutor was a longtime member of St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh; the Union League of Philadelphia; the Skytop Club, and Sunnybrook Golf Club.

Active as a civic volunteer, he was a board member of the Citizens Crime Commission; the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program - Montgomery County, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia. He made recordings for use by the blind and dyslexic.

Mr. Sutor also was the former board secretary for Chestnut Hill Academy and a past president of the Germantown Academy Alumni Society Board. He belonged to the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States. Son Peter V. Sutor remembered his father as a man of integrity who gave to community and family.

The 6-foot-3 Mr. Sutor was a "tremendous athlete" and was captain of the baseball and soccer teams during his time at Haverford College, his son said. Later, Mr. Sutor and his wife, Flora Van Sciver Sutor, played golf across America and Europe.

"They'd take a bag and a bag of clubs," his son said.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by another son, George W. "Gary" Helme, and three grandchildren. A brother died earlier.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, 610 Church Rd., Fort Washington. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Haverford College via www.haverford.edu/.



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