James John Protulipac

October 11, 1947March 12, 2019

James John Protulipac, age 71, of Franklin Park passed away at his home on Tuesday March 12, 2019. Born in Pittsburgh October 11, 1947.

He is survived by his children Steven, Matthew (Natalie), Emily Poshard (CJ) and Jennifer; loving grandfather of Mackenzie and Sawyer. Son of the late John and Barbara (Shaginaw) Protulipac and brother of the late Gloria Tortorete.

Arrangements are entrusted to Healy-Hahn Funeral Home, 512 Grant Ave, Millvale, Pennsylvania 15209. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019

James John Protulipac

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Ed Engle

March 16, 2019

Jim and I were in class together for four years at North Catholic High School. Jim was the smartest in the class and was our valedictorian. I remember him as kind, witty, charming and, mainly, nice. Our other friends in common were Frank Thomas, Frank Deutsch, Mark Fohl, Ed Feitl, and Frank Dittinger. I remember on Graduation night we all went around to the family parties. I still remember a slow roasted lamb dish at the Protulepac home, that was wonderful. I think it was called pashenka (sp? - phonetic) Haven't had it since and can't find a recipe. Good times! Good guy! Miss you Jim.

Natalie Protulipac

March 14, 2019

I couldn’t have asked for a better father-in-law and Pap Pap for our daughter. Jim was one of the most loving, caring, and generous people I’ve had to the pleasure to known. He will be deeply missed.
We will always love you, Jim/ Pap Pap! You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

Stan Yohovic

March 14, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We were classmates at St. Nicholas grade school in Millvale and also at North Catholic High School at Troy Hill. Jim was a great friend. He was one of the smartest students. Never do I remember Jim having a harsh word about anyone. We had fun in grade school. We all use to play baseball in the Sisters parking lot at lunchtime. Jim was a good hitter. I saw Jim a few years ago at a gathering. He was the same Jim I remember when we were kids. Jim, you and your sister, Gloria, are once again together. God bless you both.

Joyce Schumacher

March 14, 2019

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing and for your loss. Loving thoughts and prayers from my family to all of you.
Our St Nick's memories will always be with us to remember him. God Bless us all.

Danny Wolovich

March 14, 2019

Wow this one hurts as Jim and I not only attended St Nicholas Millvale Pa grade school but North Catholic High School as well. Jim's Personality was such that he was friends with all his classmates . I was sure glad that we reconnected after many years when our grade school and high school groups had socials. Jim would bail me out as he really liked to dance and would dance with my wife Cherie when I needed a bar break.
Our St Nicholas Class of 1961 and North Catholic Class of 1965 offer our deepest sympathy for Jim's family. We will always think of Jim and the positive influence he was for all of us. I attached a 1961 St Nicholas Graduating Class Picture . See if you can find Jim -this is the way I will remember him - a big smile = ALWAYS ! I am in the second row to the left of Fr Zagar with the high hair.

Danny Wolovich

Rich Shaginaw

March 14, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Jim's family. Jim was a good, decent, and brilliant person, but you know this. I have happy childhood memories of time spent with cousins Jim and Gloria. Jim and I have reconnected in recent years. He was so proud of you! I will miss him.

Eric Bakow

March 14, 2019

Hi Matt, words are hard to come by for an experience like this. Please know there many people out there who care about you and your family. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

Jeff Mukogosi

March 14, 2019

Matt - So sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!


David Donovan

March 14, 2019

Matt - I want to express my condolences to you and your family. I hope that many good memories help ease the loss of your Dad today and bring you comfort and a smile in the future.