James F. Tress, 88, of Chippewa Township, Pa., passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 6, 1929, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to the late Charles and Margaret Cashbaugh Tress. He was a lifelong practicing Catholic and parishioner of St. Monica Catholic Church, Beaver Falls.
Jim was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran, served as company commander when his unit was mobilized, and was a Captain.
Jim had a very accomplished and diverse career. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Geneva College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for Crucible Steel and Westinghouse. He then entered politics, being appointed to fill an unexpired term as Beaver County Controller, where he was twice re-elected. He did not seek a third term and re-entered the private sector, accepting a position with IBM. Jim became the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Beaver County in May 1968 and led the Authority for over 29 years until his retirement in September 1997. Jim was a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (PAHRA). His vision, leadership, and achievements were further honored by receiving a Career Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the administrative offices of the Housing Authority of Beaver County being renamed the “James F. Tress Administration Building.” Jim loved raising his family in Patterson Heights and traveling with his wife Eleanor.
Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 60 years, Eleanor Copus Tress; son, Jim, San Ramon, Calif.; daughter, Monica Tress, Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren, Richard, Matthew and Michael Kruchten; two great-grandchildren; brother, John (Mary Pat) Tress, Beaver, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Tress.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Prayers will be held on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Monica, Chippewa, with Father Kim Schreck as celebrant.
Interment will be private.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.