James A. McAteer - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

James A. McAteer

January 2, 1928 - June 7, 2019

James A. McAteer, age 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland on January 2, 1928, Jim resided most of his life in Delaware County, PA and was a son of the late William and Bridget (Carr) McAteer. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He began his career with Pennsylvania Railroad in 1950 and began his distinguished IBEW career in 1968, when he was initiated into Local 2271 in Philadelphia. Jim served as his local’s general chairman then as secretary-treasurer and assistant general chairman of System Council Number 7 and finally as the System Council’s general chairman.  He was appointed an International Representative in 1979 and was assigned to the Tenth District, which services the IBEW’s Railroad Branch. Jim served as secretary-treasurer and president of System Federation Number 1 of the Railway Employees Department of the AFL-CIO, as chairman of the Amtrak Labor-Management Productivity Council and as a member of the Second Division National Railroad Adjustment Board. He retired in 1993.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette J. (McKenna) McAteer; son, James T. McAteer; and siblings, Mary, Margaret, John, Alice, Tom, and Joe. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Chance (Ernest) of Punta Gorda, FL; son, John F. McAteer (Beth) of Folsom, PA; stepchildren, Roy, Joanne, Mark and Michael Farthing; brothers, William McAteer (Rosemary) of FL and Francis McAteer (Jean) of PA; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s name to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


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9 Condolences for James A. McAteer

  • Mike and I are keeping your family in our prayers. We loved spending time with Uncle Jim and Jeanette on Alice’s birthdays in 2001 and 2011. We still miss Jimmy. Hugs to all.

  • Poppop, I love you so much! I’m grateful for all of our times together. Sing loud and proud from the Heavens with Mommom. You will be in my heart forever. ♥️

  • My deepest condolences to The McAteer Family, may he rest in Peace and be your Angel Above when you need it most.

  • To say that Jim was a great guy and a great friend doesn,t nearly cover it. My sincerest condolences to Patty and Ernie,Johnny and Beth.

  • We have so many wonderful memories of our beloved Uncle Jim. There was no better person to sit and have a beer with and talk about a variety of subjects then Jim. He was the best. We will miss him very much. Our condolences to his entire family. Rest in peace.

    Love, Chuck & Colleen

  • Our heartfelt condolences to you Pat, Ernie and your family. Prayers go with your Dad and all of you. 91 is many years for many cherished memories.
    Sincerely, Michael & Shelley DiSabatino

  • I’m sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • My condolences to you and your family upon hearing of the passing of Mr. McAteer. May he rest in peace.

    -Arturo Campos Jr

  • From the above, Mr. McAteer was a grand fellow. Please accept my condolences.