Jamie John McPoyle, of Connellsville, PA previously of Drexel Hill, PA passed on May 28, 2023 at the age of 51 after a courageous battle with Epitheliod Hemangioendothelioma Cancer surrounded by his loving family. Jamie was born on October 7, 1971, in Philadelphia, PA, and passed away in Pittsburgh, PA. He is survived by his loving wife, Gwen (nee Dubler) McPoyle, and their four children, Jamison, Gavin, Maggie, and Sullivan.
Jamie was the devoted son of Kathleen Mary (nee Gallagher) McPoyle and the late Bernard John McPoyle. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Andrea Dubler, and the late Rev. Herbert Dubler. He was a cherished brother to Kathleen (Rick) Meekes, Karen McPoyle, Maureen (Joseph) Sullivan, Bernard J. McPoyle, Jr., Sean McPoyle, Brian (Stacey) McPoyle, Patricia (Timothy) Gallagher, Bonniejean (Francis) George, Joseph McPoyle, Mary (Joshua) Behl, Brendan (Jennifer) McPoyle, Melissa (Jason) Oxenberg. Loving brother-in-law of Karen (Roland) Creedy. Jamie leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins who will miss him dearly.
Jamie was a proud graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School. Graduate of Williamson Trade School specializing the the Electrical program. He attended Millersville University, where he earned his degree in Respiratory Therapy and Biology. He then went on to get his Masters at California University of PA. He was a dedicated and hardworking individual who made a significant impact in his professional life as a teacher. One of his greatest joys was teaching at Connellsville Middle School and than later Connellsville High School where he found happiness in teaching the required curriculum but more importantly life lessons. He loved those opportunities to teach at any moment possible. Jamie served as the President of the PSEA Pennsylvania State Education Association Union and was passionate about advocating for the rights and well-being of educators.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jamie was heavily involved in his local community. He coached Little League from 2003 to 2019, leaving lasting memories and positive experiences for countless children. Jamie was also responsible for orchestrating the rebuilding of Austin Park, demonstrating his commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for families in the area. He participated in "Camp Can Do" for children treated at Hershey Medical Center for cancer. The camp was a week of fun for these children with cancer. The children slept in cabins, had campfires at night, had a day at Hershey Park and at the end of the week closed with a dance. He also participated in WELS Wilderness, Experience, Leadership, and Service, The Saturday Club – working with students doing community service, and Earth Day – walking to school every year on that day with his children and encouraging others to walk to school also.
Jamie's passion for coaching extended to basketball, where he coached girls basketball at Connellsville High School, Connellsville Middle School, Recreation, and Travel. He also coached 9th-grade baseball at Connellsville High School, sharing his love of the sport and mentoring young athletes. He was a loyal and passionate Philadelphia Sports fan. He would be elated if he could get any Philadelphia team game on his television.
Jamie was a funny, faith-filled, and courageous person who touched the lives of many. He was known for his unwavering faith in God and his ability to find humor in even the most challenging situations. As the famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson goes, "It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Jamie's life was a testament to these words, as he lived a life of depth and meaning, making a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to know him.
Jamie's legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched, both personally and professionally. His memory will be cherished by his family, friends, colleagues, and the community he served with such dedication and love.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation 9-11:30 A.M. Friday, June 16, 2023 at Logan-Videon Funeral Home, 2001 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008 followed by his Funeral Mass 12:00 P.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. Interment at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jamie's Family, c/o Gwen McPoyle, 1211 Oak Street, Connellsville, PA 15425 or Connellsville Area Community Ministries, 110 W. Crawford Avenue, Connellsville, PA 15425. http://www.connmin.org/
Connellsville Area Community Ministries
110 W. Crawford Avenue, Connellsville PA 15425
Jamie's Family c/o Gwen McPoyle
1211 Oak Street, Connellsville PA 15425