James "Jim" Leighton

Born: Wed., Feb. 17, 1954
Died: Fri., Mar. 17, 2017


Gathering of Family & Friends

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: The Mechanicsburg Club's Centurian Room


Time of Remembrance and Sharing

6:00 PM Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: The Mechanicsburg Club's Centurian Room


Closing Ceremony

8:00 PM Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: The Mechanicsburg Club's Centurian Room


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James “Jim” Michael Leighton

Loving Husband, Father, Brother, and Uncle -

James “Jim” Michael Leighton, 63, passed away peacefully while being comforted by his family in the early morning hours of March 17, 2017. 

Born February 17, 1954 in Baltimore, MD, Jim was the son of James Joseph Leighton, 94, and the late Patricia A. Morgan Leighton.  The family moved to Harrisburg soon thereafter and grew to include 12 children. 

Jim was a 1972 graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School and a 1976 graduate of Penn State.  After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Psychology, Jim moved to Mechanicsburg and began a job at IBM, where he continued to work as a logistics specialist for 37 years. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Lynn Gurski Leighton; his three children: Cassandra Lynn Leighton, Eric James Leighton, and John Patrick Leighton; his four brothers and seven sisters; and 19 nieces and nephews. 

In truth, Jim’s life seemed to begin in earnest one summer’s day at the Delbrook Apartment pool in Mechanicsburg when he met Lynn.  From the very beginning of their relationship, Jim demonstrated his strength, dependability, courage, perseverance, and vast capacity for love—characteristics that only grew over 29 years of marriage, allowing Jim and Lynn to be the epitome of a team until the very end.  His passion for his family was apparent in the relationships he built with his three children.  Never a day passed that he did not express how proud he was of his children’s accomplishments, and he never shied away from expressing the extent of his love. 

Jim loved watching Penn State football, spending time by the family pool, and entertaining family and friends.  His happiness in those moments was contagious.  His ability to surprise you with a quick one-liner or a goofy action would leave you speechless and always looking forward to what he would do next.  Jim was also an avid consumer of news, and he enjoyed continually learning about science and history.

All are welcome to join Jim’s family at gathering of family and friends on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a time of remembrance and sharing of stories to begin at 6:00 p.m. and a closing ceremony to take place at 8:00 p.m. all at the Mechanicsburg Club, 333 Heinz Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.  Cremation was private.

In celebration of Jim’s devotion to his children, memorial contributions can be made to one of the three organizations instrumental to their development: the Penn State Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania State University, 10 Schreyer Honors College, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, www.giveto.psu.edu, Fred’s Team of the NYC Marathon running for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research,  http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR/FredsTeamEvents/FredsTeam?px=3766180&pg=personal&fr_id=2921, or to Cumberland Valley Swimming/Water Polo, 1 Spruce Drive, Carlisle, PA 17105 in memory of James Leighton.

Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Jim’s full obituary and sign his official guest book at Buhrig.com

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Condolence Booklet

Mike & Stephanie Taylor
   Posted Sun March 19, 2017
Lynn and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief and sorrow. May the Lord comfort your heart as only He can do.

John Leighton
   Posted Sun March 19, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Lisa and John Leighton.

Jim: we will miss you. You will be forever in our hearts. Lisa, Kelly and Ben, Joyce and John Leighton


Claire, Jim, Sam and Max Corry
   Posted Sun March 19, 2017
Michael (I have never called you Jim!),

Thank you for being a great brother and were always there when I needed you. I will miss you and love you.

Lynn, Cassie, Eric and John - Know that you are in all of our thoughts.

Kyle Ann Connolly
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
Lynn and family, May the memories of happier times help you. My heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Kyle Ann Connolly

Ty and Michele Bornman
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
Lynn, Cassie, Eric and John,
What a wonderful man you have lost. May your fond memories sustain you during this very difficult time of sadness. I know that God is holding you in the palm of his hand and carrying you through this valley.

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

The Bornman Family

Jan Press
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
Dear Lynn and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you! Jim was full of life and fun. His smile and kindness will be remembered always!
"Let your tears come. Let them water your soul." ~Eileen Mayhew
God's love, comfort and blessings,
Jan Press

Mary Kay Hyde-Bohn
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
To the Leighton Family - worked with Jim over the decades at IBM. He would change assignments, then I would and we would find the time to connect again. Enjoyed hosting him at our home in Rochester, MN.

Will miss his humor and common sense. Wishing you peace during these days of adjustment - Mary Kay & Jim Bohn

Bob Shindle
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
My Deepest Condolences to the entire Leighton Family

Osama Sudah
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
My deepest condolences to you, and your family.

I pray for your comfort and peace.

Osama Sudah

Jay Reddy
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
Dear Claire
so sorry for your loss. Thinking about you. We are all here for you and will always be!
hugs
Jay

Lenore A. Bryant
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
My deepest, deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Praying God's comfort, strength and peace during this difficult time. Blessings always!

Pat Ingerick
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Cassie, Lynn and family -- So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. Although I only met him once, I could tell he was a wonderful person.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat and JM

Mary Catherine
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Michael will be greatly missed,

Lynn, Cassie, Eric and John, you were his greatest treasure.

Love and Prayers, Mass will be offered for each of you.

RayRaymond A. Jaime
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Raymond and Cindy Jaime would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Leighton family. It was an honor and pleasure for me to have know and worked with Jim. He will be missed.

John, Deb, Taylor, Paige and John Gurski
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
We are all saddened by the loss of our beloved Jim and offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Lynn, Eric, Cassie and John as well as the entire Leighton family. Rest in peace Jim and continue to watch over your family from above. Thank you Jim for all the love and support these past many years.

Linda Kaufmann
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Lynn, Cassie, Eric and John, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. May the love of your family and the wonderful memories you made with him comfort you during this difficult time.

Roy Snyder
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Dear Lynn and family,
We are deeply saddened to hear about Jim. He was a great guy and your memories of the good times will live on forever. Thoughts, prayers and love to you.
God Bless, Roy and Alison Snyder

Cornelius Martin
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Try to make every moment a celebration of life and smile as much as you can.

Mary S Johnson
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Lynn and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked with Jim for some time at IBM. He
Was always cheerful and I could tell he loved his family. I've moved away from the
area after retiring and losing my husband but friends let me know of Jim's illness.
Prayers are coming your way as you grieve. May God comfort you and your children
At this time.

Mary Johnson

Susie and Doug Dahms
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Dear Lynn and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. This is way too young. Please know that we are thinking of you and your entire family in this most difficult time. We're sending you our love and hugs. Cherish your wonderful memories. Take care,
Doug and Susie Dahms

Angie finney/Derek henry
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
To Eric ,so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.angie (Dereks mom)and Derek henry

Dennis DeFrank
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the entire Leighton family.
Jim and I grew up together. Although we did not see each other very often when we did meet it was always fun talking with Jim and catching up.
His contagious smile will be missed.
God's Peace be with you.

Mike and Sue Hogan
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
Our family is deeply saddened to hear this news. PLease know you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Jesus promised to never leave us- may you feel his comfort
Jim was always a friendly and kind man in the many conversations we had through the years.

Joe Checa
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
It was an honor to work with Jim over the years at IBM...no one had more passion than he!

I pray for comfort and offer heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Sue Houck
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
To Eric ,so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. (Jeffrey Houck mom) Sue

Maureen, Michael, Sarah and Matthew Schneider
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
Michael, We will miss you and you will be forever in our hearts.
Lynn, Cassie, Eric and John, You are in our thoughts and prayers. As you move forward may you find peace and comfort from those that love you. Remember that Michael will be with you at each Penn State game cheering them on right next to you.

Janice and Gabrielle Young
   Posted Thu March 23, 2017
The Leighton Family...Sending our heartfelt condolences. He always wished me well during conference calls and asked about Gabrielle whom he met during take your child to work. May the LORD continue to bless and keep you safe in his arms.

nancy julian
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
Dear Lynn and Family,

Our condolences are with you in this sad time. Jim
was a kind and friendly neighbor. We never forgot
when Jim loaned us his snow blower and saved us
a lot of shoveling. You are all in our daily thoughts
and prayers.

In deepest sympathy for your loss,

John and Nancy Julian

Carol Tritt
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
Mrs. Leighton & family, my sincere sympathy in your loss.

I worked with Jim at IBM many years ago & found him to be a true gentleman.

May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Dave Gontz
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
To the entire Leighton family,

My deepest sympathy to you all on Jim's recent passing. I played football at McDevitt on the JV squad in 1972 when Jim was a Senior and graduated the following year along with his brother Bob and sister Barbara. May he find comfort and peace in our Lord's loving embrace. He was a good guy, always nice to me and I will miss him.

Dave Gontz class of '73

Sharon Muscatell
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
Words never seem adequate but my thoughts and prayers are heartfelt for the entire Leighton Family. Lynn, Cassie, Eric, and John, he will be with you always. With Love, Sharon

Patricia Kellerman
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by The Kellerman and Robinson Families.


Bob and Ruth Lady Paran
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
We send our sincere condolences to the Leighton family on Jim's passing. It was our privilege to know Jim and work with him at IBM.

May the peace and love of Christ be with you especially at this time.

With sincere sympathy,

Ruth and Bob

David R Lebo
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family at this time. Jim was a wonderful co-worker and was a mentor to me in my early days in IBM Parts Planning department. He was a wonderful positive influence on all of his friends at IBM.

Jack and Joanne Ward
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Saddened by the loss of a good friend and colleague. Our deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Doug Weirich
   Posted Tue March 28, 2017
To the Leighton family"

Many thoughts and prayers to the entire Leighton family. I have many memories from my college days of the family and will never forget them. Jim (who I knew as Michael in the early days) was my best man at our wedding. He always had a smile and a twinkle in the eye. But then I don't have to tell other people that. May you all remember the great time you had with him. -- Doug Weirich

Janet Hunter Shields
   Posted Wed March 29, 2017
Dear Lynn and family,

While I never met Jim, I am deeply saddened by his passing. We have shared fond memories and stories about our loved ones during down time at the State Board of Nursing meetings in the past, so I feel like I know him. Even though he touched my life only in this minor way, I wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

An elderly neighbor who recently lost her husband told me that her husband promised her he would never leave her, and I responded that I was certain that he did not, 10but was just waiting for her in a different place. I hope you can find comfort in family and your faith.

Janet Hunter Shields

Mike Sim, New Orleans, LA
   Posted Thu March 30, 2017
Jim and I pledged Zeta Epsilon Phi together in the fall of 1972 ... always a brother ... Rest in peace my friend.

Mike Sim, New Orleans, LA

Bill Morgan, Wernersville, PA
   Posted Thu March 30, 2017
Dear Lynn and family
I have no way of knowing how you and your family feel, but I know you you are suffering with the grief that comes from shared love. This was something that I know your family has had too much of. I know that you and Jim share a deep and blessed faith that is epitomized at Easter. I have had a deep admiration for Jim's Commitment to you and Penn State and your Mom and Dad. I can only admire his strength and courage that he demonstrated throughout his illness. I have tried to understand this suffering often. A word of comfort that I discovered when visiting Arizona a long time ago, that I have cone to rely on comes to mind. This I found in a Native American Reservation quoting an ancient chief. We don't die we pass from this world to a better World. Jan and I would like to express our deepest Love to you and your Family, Bill and Jan Morgan

American Cancer Fund
   Posted Thu March 30, 2017
The staff of the American Cancer Fund® at www.AmericanCancerFund.org is sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Patricia A Kellerman
   Posted Fri March 31, 2017
Lynn, Cassie, Eric and John

Someone recently told me that " no time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or prepare our hearts to say goodbye. May you take comfort in knowing you were his pride and joy. He will be forever in our hearts.

Rick and Patty Kellerman

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