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James Tyler Ayre, 96, of Carlisle, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 1, 2010 in his home. He was born on Thursday, October 16, 1913, in Wilkes-Barre, and was a son of the late James and Helen P. (Leiby) Ayre. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Charlotte (Brooks) Ayre, who died August 23, 1986.

James was a 1930 graduate of Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre, received his bachelors degree in education from Mansfield State College in 1936 and then he received his masters degree, also in education, from Bucknell University in 1947. Jim was a teacher, varsity track and field coach, high school principal and superintendent in the West Pittston School District, where he founded and served as advisor to the Key Club. He then served as superintendent of the Wyoming Area School District. Jim later served as assistant professor of education at Dickinson College in Carlisle. He was a member and former president of the Pittston Kiwanis Club. After his retirement from education, Jim was a real estate agent in Carlisle and he enjoyed woodworking and taking care of his home and yard.

James is survived by his devoted daughter, Pamela J. Ayre of Alexandria, VA and several nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Calvert and Durward Ayre and two sisters; Wilma Ayre Elston and Helen Ayre Nicholas.

A celebration of life service for Jim will be held on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle with Rev. Patricia Nicholas officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery, Carlisle. The family will receive friends for a visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013.


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I am very sorry for your loss.

Gene Klynoot
To Pam and the entire family --

'Mr. Jim' was a grand gentleman.  You're in my thoughts, as is he.  I'm sure he's 'buying low, selling high.'  My fondest regards to you, in the double bond  ---


Dear Pam,
Just a quick note to extend my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one, especially a father, who has been such a significant part of your life and with whom you have shared so many wonderful times. He will always be with you and memories will help fill the hole in your heart.
My prayers are with you and your family.


Lorraine Fenton


My deepest sympathy to you, Pam.   As our high school Principal and Superintendent of West Pittston High School, he was very caring and highly committed to creating one of the best school districts in the area. 

Barbara Hastie Bonita


Dear Pam,
So sorry to learn of your loss.  May God comfort you as only He can in this time of sorrow.

I always enjoyed the visits with your  mom and dad through the years and I shall always have fond memories of them.

Jessie Nicholas

My sympathy for your loss.  Your father was always friendly to me, although we didn't really know each other.  He kept me up to date on your ACS career.

Bob Leyon
Very sorry to learn about your dad this week. He seemed like a special man and his obituary offers some good clues. You and he are in my prayers this week.

John Doran
 Hi Pamela -                                                                                               I'm so sorry to see that your Dad passed away.  I remember him because Helen Ward was a good friend of mine, and I saw him often in her company.  He always had a smile, a positive attitude, and a warm greeting for everyone he met.  You can be so proud he was your Dad, and please know that he made a difference while he was here.  My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Anne Cox

Dear Pam -- I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.  I always enjoyed your updates on his independent spirit.  I am sure he is up there with his snow blower clearing God's driveway!!


Pam, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  Your dad provided a great deal of help to WPHS's students.

 Alan Melberger


Dear Pam.
Thinking of you at this time of the loss of your father.  I am proud to have been a part of the school that he was the principal and superintendent of.
He was a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Marie Alberigi Steinberger



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Since 1853
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