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James Crawford Vance

January 19, 1962 ~ August 10, 2022 (age 60) 60 Years Old

James Vance Obituary

James Crawford Vance, age 60, lifelong resident of Brownsville, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on August 10th, 2022.

He was born on Friday, January, 19th 1962 in Brownsville, PA., the son of James K. Vance and Sara (Crawford) Vance. James was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim spent 18 years working for the Municipality of Penn Hills before starting D&B Environmental Services with his partner Josh Sphar. Jim was a Free & Accepted Mason and was a member of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.  

Jim enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was an avid hunter, traveling all over the country and beyond. He especially loved hunting and fishing with his daughter Darcy. He often visited his camp in Potter County with his lifelong friend George where they spent time fishing together. Jim spent many years training and running his bird dogs and guiding bird hunts at Hunting Hills. Jim He was a member and former President at the California Hill Gun Club. Jim loved attending Steelers, Penguins, and Penn State games with friends and family. He also enjoyed his weekly “meetings” with Dr. Dave and friends.

Left to cherish in his memory are  his daughter Darcy L. Vance and her mother Beth L. Vance, he is also survived by his cousin Joel L. Patterson and wife Danilelle of Cocoa, Florida, along with their son Joel and wife Mandy and their children Jada, Layla, and Cole, and their daughters Kayla, and Alyssa. He is also survived by a special family member Joanne Bailey, many friends, and his beloved dog Macy.

Friends will be received in the Novak Funeral Home, 515 Front Street; Brownsville, Pa., 15401 on Saturday August 13, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00p.m. And on Sunday August 14, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at which time funeral services will begin with Mr. Charles Bailey officiating.  Personal condolences and memories are welcomed and encouraged at

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