Latrobe businessman remembered for generosity, love of family
James Barchesky, also known as Big Jim, was very proud of the corner lot where his dealership, Superior Motors of Latrobe, sits.
And he made it known, taking rides by it on Sunday drives so he knew what was going on.
“That was his corner,” said grandson Tomas Barchesky, who added Barchesky thought anything could be sold there including hot dogs and popcorn.
Mr. James M. Barchesky, 76, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Excela Latrobe Hospital.
Born in Latrobe on July 14, 1942, he was the son of Felix J. Barchesky and Annabel Morrison Barchesky.
Starting his business in the backyard of his Derry home in 1959, he eventually moved to his Latrobe spot in 1964 where his family continues to run the dealership that is known for its white cars and trucks.
While his passion for his business will be remembered by his family, so will his generosity.
“Everyone would say, hands down, he was the most generous guy you would come across,” said granddaughter Kathryn Manning. “He would help anyone.”
Knowing several people in the community through his business, Mr. Barchesky gave everyone nicknames and was known for his taglines including, “The treat you right guy,” “Where our customers send their friends” and “Get up and call me now.”
When Mr. Barchesky was not running his business, he was often spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking them to the park and on scooter rides.
In his free time, he enjoyed drinking Bloody Marys and taking car rides.
“He was always quick to come back with his wit,” she said. “He’d tell you exactly like it was whether you wanted to hear it or not. He was very loud and he has a very memorable laugh. He would just roar.”
He is preceded in death by his daughter Tammy Jane Barchesky, three sisters, Mary Alice Oliverio, Anna Mae Vitale and Patricia Barchesky and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Barchesky; son, James Michael Barchesky of Latrobe; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCabe Funeral Home, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at the Derry Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Derry Presbyterian Church.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .