James Francis Urbanski, 72, known to his friends and the world as “Uncle Jimmy”, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at UPMC Passavant. An accomplished horseman, aviator, and businessman, Jim was born in Coraopolis on May 28, 1949, to the late Joseph Francis and Julia Elizabeth (Moy) Urbanski. Jim found his two great passions, flying airplanes and riding horses, at the age of 15. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State University. He flew for many years in the Air National Guard and later as a commercial airline pilot, quickly rising to the rank of Captain at US Air (formerly Allegheny Airlines). Later in life he founded and served as first President of Uncle Jimmy’s Brand Products, an international equine and poultry products manufacturing company located in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Jim was an active equestrian throughout his life and competed in a variety of equine events, including team penning and CMSA Events. He served as a founder, director, and past president of the Steel City Gunslingers CMSA club. He was also a member of the Northern Ohio Outlaws and Lake Erie Vaqueros CMSA clubs. With his wife and longtime partner, Colleen, Jim was involved in an equine camp for children. Jim also enjoyed cooking, maintaining his horse farm, entertaining friends with bonfires and parties, and above all the time that he spent with his family. James is the beloved husband and long-time companion of Colleen Kelly; the loving father of Dr. Christy L. (David) McCandless; adored “Pappy” of James and Lydia; and brother of Janet (James) Parise. Arrangements by Copeland’s. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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