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Friday, March 14, 2014

Michael James “Jim” Falatic, Jr., also known as “Jim the Sign Painter”, 69, of Smethport, PA

Michael James “Jim” Falatic, Jr., also known as “Jim the Sign Painter”, 69, of Smethport, PA, died Thursday (March 13, 2014) at his residence, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born January 5, 1945 in Altoona, a son of Michael James and Katherine M. Gresko Falatic, Sr. On June 5, 1970, in Virginia, he married Carol J. Grimm, who survives.

US Army Vet

Mr. Falatic was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School of Warren, OH and attended college for Art. He served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army.

Jim was a sign painter and artist, running his own business, Jim Falatic Signs for many years.

Jim was a member of the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby and was a former member of the McKean County Sheriff’s Dept. His passion was painting and he loved fishing, hunting and traveling.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

two daughters: Michelle (Rob) Stuart of Smethport, and Teresa Wolfe of Park City , UT

2 granddaughters: Jersee Rae Stuart and Kendall Wolfe

one sister: Katherine M. Gresko of Warren, OH

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 17, from 10 A.M. to 12 noon at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held at noon with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating.

Memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


Anonymous said...

Why isn't there a flag flying on his obituary? He was a Veteran and deserves the recognition!!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Thank you for catching this omission. I am overwhelmed with posting today and missed it. Your help is greatly appreciated.