james bloomer
James E. Bloomer, 74, of Weirton passed away Friday February 1, 2013 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was the husband of Carol Hicks Bloomer to whom he was married for 53 years. Born on September 15, 1938 he was the son of the late Clifford and Estelene Kidder Bloomer. James was a proud 1956 graduate of Steubenville High School and was employed by Weirton Steel Corporation as a buyer in the purchasing department for 43 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was an avid Steeler and Big Red Football fan. He will be sadly missed by his family. Surviving in addition to his wife Carol are two sons James J. Bloomer of New Cumberland and Matthew W. Bloomer (Pam) of Elizabeth, PA; a daughter Alisa Bibbee (Don) of Weirton; four grandchildren Jordan Bibbee, Nicolette, Kaitlyn and Nathan Bloomer and two sisters Judy Pierce (Robin) of Newark, OH and Sue Weinman (Ed) of Boise, ID. Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St. Weirton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3432 West St. Weirton where additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Steubenville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hancock Co. Animal Shelter, 715 Gas Valley Rd. New Cumberland, WV 26047 or the American Lung Association of WV, P.O. Box 3980 Charleston, WV 25339 or to his Church in his memory.

Memories Timeline


  1. Jim will be sorely missed. He always had a smile and a kind word and we will always be thankful for having known him.



  4. Dear Bloomer Family, You have our deepest sympathy. We remember Jim fondly from church and the many “kitchen” experiences with Ralph cooking for church events! Jim always had a smile and kind word for everyone. All of you have a very special guardian angel watching over you. God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

  5. Dear Carol and family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I worked with Jim in Purchasing for years. He was a great friend and will be missed. Since i’ve been in Florida i have wanted to get in touch with him for awhile but never did. I am so sorry for not doing it. Jim was a great man and father. He always talked about his great family when we worked together. I will miss him greatly. May God Bless you.

  6. I loved the friendship that my Dad and Mr. Bloomer shared. Two genuine kind men, who generously loved their families and friends, and always had a kind word for everyone!! It was a joy growing up in a wonderful neighborhood with awesome families, including the Bloomers! He will be so missed!! To Mrs. Bloomer, Alisa, Jimmy, and Matt, you and your families are all in my thoughts and prayers!! Much love to you all!! Lisa

  7. Jim, Armond and I were good friends and hung out a lot in high school. Recently we’ve met a few times when I would come to Steubenville to put flowers on my parents graves. I will really miss him.

  8. Dad, have a great journey to heaven and I’ll see you again sometime soon. You were the best father and provider to our family,also my best friend. You will be sadly missed. I love you and thank you for everything

  9. Alisa, Don and Jordan, Please accept our sincere sympathies. From reading your Father’s memorial, I can see why you are such a great family, you had a wonderful example to follow. Your neighbors and friends, Chuck, Suzanne, Matthew & Luke Tenaglio

  10. Jimmy was one of if not the kindest and gentle man I have ever known. I will forever be indebited to Jimmy for being a great friend to my father and for looking out for him as he grew older. Jimmy was one of those who made you feel like you knew him forever the first time you met him. I will miss seeing Jimmy the few times a year I came back to the valley. God bless the Bloomer family. You will always have the comfort of knowing that Jimmy was a fine man, and a good friend to many.

  11. Bloomer / Bibbee Family the last few days has made me think of all the good times I had w/ Jim so many laughs and memory’s makes me smile sorry I couldn’t be there today due to work.My thoughts and prayers are with you all .. May God Bless and keep you til we meet again. Miss you guys. I still think Jim ate the Nut bread.. Here!!

  12. Dearest Mrs. Bloomer, Alisa, Jimmy, and Matthew, How I wish I could be there to tell you in person how sad I am about Mr. Bloomer. I can remember like it was yesterday his encouraging words as I battled the boys in the neighborhood in wiffle ball. I imagine he and Mr. Orecchio are now reunited and up to some serious mischief. My heart breaks for all of you. I pray God comforts and strengthens you during this difficult time. With much love and deepest sympathy, Desiree

  13. Dearest Mrs. Bloomer, Alisa, Jimmy, and Matthew, My heart aches to not be able to be there with all of you at this difficult time, but please accept my sincerest condolences and all my love. I will never forget you, Mr. Bloomer…you were such a gem in the neighborhood and you will be deeply missed by all of us. I will always remember your wonderful sense of humor, your kindness to everyone, and your unwavering friendship with my dad. All my love, Michelle

  14. Dear Carol and family, Our deepest sympathy is extended to all of you in the loss of your beloved husband and father. Jim was a great person and a wonderful caring father. He will be missed. Heaven has gained an angel to watch over you for sure! May he rest in peace!So sorry for your loss! Joe and Janice

  15. My deepest condolences to all family & friends of Happy Pappy! I’m so sorry I can’t be there to give you all big hugs! I am so sorry for his loss & to soon! My heart weighs very heavy for you all but also very greatful I got to be a part of your family if only for a short time & share in so much love! Everyone one who knew him is better off for it! I still hear his Whistle! & Here! When he would come by to check on the garden or mow the lawn & so Happy to do it for his best friend Jimmy! May he continue to watch over us all from heaven with a smile & his great sense of humor! From my family to yours sending all our Love, Strength & Prayers At This Tough Time! Specially From Chucky & I! He will always be greatly missed & Loved he was the closest to a father I ever had besides my Pappa! God Bless & Rest In Peace Happy Pappy! Janine

  16. I just found out about Jim’s passing and I want to extend my sincere sympathy to your family. I worked with Jim at Weirton Steel and he was a very kind, exceptionally nice man who loved his family! May God bless you and wrap his arms around you during this most difficult time.

  17. Dear Family of Jim Bloomer, What a GREAT GREAT guy Jim was to work with. I worked with Jim back in the day at Weirton Steel. He sure made so many people happy. You all have my sincere condolences for your loss. I am sure that the memories you all made will help you now as you travel the grief path of missing him. May God Bless you all. Just know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and Prayers. Thinking Love, Darlene

  18. Jim Sr. was such a brave, amazing and wonderfully kind man. I thank you for how you made me feel when you welcomed me into your family the very first time I had met you. What a very special father he was. But now he is one of Gods Special Angels. We miss you now, but we will see you again! Love you!

  19. Dad, I am so proud and honored to have had you as my father for 52 years. You were the strongest,most determined and loving man I know. You have left us with a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever. You have touched so many lives with that big smile and your special personality. There will never be a day that I don’t think of you Dad and you will be in my heart forever. Thankyou for all your love and devotion. I pray that God gives us the strengh to carry on without you. I love you very much and I will always be Daddy’s little girl. You can rest now Daddy, your job here is done. A job well done! Until I see you again. LOVE YOU ALWAYS! Alisa

  20. I was informed of Jimmy’s death in a letter in the Steubenville Herald Star today. We were neighbors growing up on Wellesley Avenue, and there was a time that we could have been considered best friends. We moved to LaBelle around 1945 and from about that time until I went away to college, Jimmy and I and some of the other Big Red students hung together, even though I was going to Central. I remember, as a teen, Jimmy was very proud of his DA, and carried a comb in his back pocket. When he bought his first car, a stick shift Ford, with straight pipes, we would cruise the town, looking for girls. I often thought about Jimmy and his two sisters, Judy and Susan, wondering what ever happened to those kids we all were, including the Myers girls. It was gratifying to see that Jimmy is mourned by his children and grandchildren, and by the smile on his face in his obituary picture, he must have had a very happy life. You have my sincere condolences.

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