James “Jim” Clair Shoup, age 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Latrobe Area Hospital. Born February 19, 1929 he was the son of the late Peter and Marie Murray Shoup and was born, raised and lived in Emporium, PA. He was a 1948 graduate of Emporium High School and it was there that he met the love of his life, Marilyn “June” Shoup. The two enjoyed 71 years of marriage together, welcoming 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Jim worked for the Game Commission and retired from West Penn Power after 38 years of service. He was very active in the community, serving as a 4H Horse Club leader and later receiving a lifetime achievement award for the many years he served on the Penn State Extension Committee. He was a member of the Cameron County School Board for 25 years, 9 of those serving as president. He enjoyed spending time as a member of several clubs including the Emporium Men’s Club, Bucktailers Campers and Hikers, the Emporium Driftwood Lodge F&AM, and the Coudersport Consistory. He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him for his contagious smile, love of his family, caring heart, and big hugs.