Harry James "Jimmy" Kum, 68, who was as much a part of the fabric of Weirton as making steel, died Tuesday March 1, 2011 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born on July 3, 1942 in Steubenville, OH, Jimmy was a son of the late Rosemond and Ida Dewitt Kum. Known as Weirton's number one fan, Jimmy retired from Starvaggi Industries. His passion in life was sports. He followed the Pittsburgh Steelers and the West Virginia Mountaineers but nothing compared to his beloved Weir High Red Riders and his Weirton Madonna Blue Dons. In an instance, he knew if you were a Red Rider, a Blue Don, a Golden Bear or a Brooke Bruin. He rarely missed a game in the last fifty years and never missed an opportunity to kiss a pretty girl. Very patriotic, his favorite time of year was, no doubt, the Fourth of July, where he enjoyed leading the parade down Main Street. Jimmy is survived by his brother, Larry Kum of Weirton; two sisters, Nancy Kum of Weirton and Barbara Snyder and her husband, Darrell of Arlington, VA; a nephew Darrell Snyder and his wife Rebeccah; two great nephews, Elijah and Ari Snyder all of Chambersburg, PA. Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8pm Thursday at the Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, where funeral services will be held 1pm Friday. The Reverend Father Dean Borgmeyer and Pastor Judy Jerman will preside. Carrie Oliver will be the minister of song and music. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, WV. Memorial contributions in Jimmy's memory may be made to the Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad, 1305 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062 or Weir High School C/O Main Office, 100 Red Rider Road, Weirton, WV 26062 or Weirton Madonna High School, 150 Michael Way, Weirton, WV 26062

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  1. Jimmy, you will be missed! Weir High Games and Weirton parades will never be the same without you. May you rest in peace.

  2. We saw Jimmy just last Tuesday at the Weir High basketball game. He sat near to us and talked as usual. He loved to talk about the cheerleaders. He even knew they had just been in Wheeling for competition. Jimmy is in a better place and at peace now. We will miss you Jimmy. Barbara Trushel & Kim Trushel and all of our families

  3. Larry and the Kum Family, The town of Weirton is in Mourning over the Loss of Your Beloved Brother Jimmy! He is a Legend in this Town and was deeply Loved by all that knew him! Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this very difficult time! Jimmy will be Sorely missed by all that knew him! Go Weir High! Rest in Peace Jimmy! Renee and Isaac

  4. I was very sad to here about Jimmy’s passing, he was a true icon in Weirton. Rest in Peace Jimmy may you bring the joy to heaven that you brought to Weirton. Jimmy you will be missed!

  5. Barbara, Nancy, Larry It was with saddness when I read about Jimmy’s death. I lived on Terrace Heights which is where Jimmy lived and he always watched over us. When my mom passed away in 1993 Jimmy was walking down pennsylvania avenue to come to the funeral and he thought the service was an hour later and as we were going up the hill in the limo we saw jimmy and I wanted to pick him up but instead a good friend of my dads picked him up and he came to the wake. He was visibly upset as I was and he told me he felt good when he saw my mom and dad. He will truly be missed as he was loved by many. My prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Peggy Barnabei Kula

  6. To the family of Jimmy Kum – although I never met any of you personally, I wanted to let you know how highly Jimmy spoke of his family each and every time I gave him a ride in town. I am a 1978 Weir High marching band alum and will fondly remember Jimmy following us around Terrace Heights during practice in the summer, as well as from the Community Center and up Main Street to the football field during home games. No matter how old I got, I was always, “Hey Weir High – pretty girl.” I also remember how proud Jimmy was during the years he worked. The City of Weirton has lost a sweet, gentle soul, who will forever be remembered in the hearts of many. We pray for you all during this time of loss and know for sure Heaven has received an angel. God bless – Kay Fenske

  7. My deepest sympathy to you Nancy and to the entire Kum family. I was blessed to have spent time with Jimmy over the past few years as a nurse on IMC. I loved him with all of my heart and will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  8. Jimmy, You will be missed by all! Every person you ever came into contact with has nothing but great memories to keep alive! May you rest in peace.

  9. To the Kum family, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Jimmy never failed to make us smile and always managed to make our day a little better whenever we saw him. This town will truly miss him. Dina, Alyxxa, & Ian Kolman

  10. Jimmy – You were a genuine Legend. May God be with you and your family. There will never be another like you. Rest in Peace

  11. Dear Nancy,barb,and Larry you have our deepest sympathy. There was no in Weirton who didn’t know Jimmy. He was weir highs, madonnas, and brookes, biggest fan. He was loved many and will be missed. Jimmy remembered and knew everybody that went to weir high. Weirton will not be the same without jimmy. May God rest his soul. With or deepest sympathy and love, Ted Ameredes and Laura hinchee.

  12. To Jimmy’s Family, A shinning star went up to the heavens today. May you find peace in the wonderful times you shared with Jimmy and know that he was loved by many. Jimmy was Weir High’s # 1 fan and his love and passion for Weir showed in his every move. He will be missed by many…

  13. To Jimmy’s family, We are sorry to hear this sad news; he was a friend to everyone in this community….we all will miss seeing or talking to him. Rest in Peace Jimmy!

  14. Jimmy was the best and most loyal fan that Weir High has ever had. No matter if we had a winning season or a losing season he stayed loyal and true and he brought up the school spirit, no matter what. I loved when I was an athlete and now a coach for my Alma mater that I still believe after all these years that we can do anything. Thank you Jimmy for all your support. Weirton just won’t bethe same without you…

  15. To Jimmys Family, I pray that the angels of the Lord guided Jimmy home, & he was greated with a grand welcome! Our communities Weir, Madonna,Oak Glen, & Brooke fans will greatly miss his pep & excitment—- and just being ONE of a kind, JIMMY!! U are loved our friend!! Blessings, Patti Barnabei & Family

  16. Jimmy, may you finally rest your feet, I don’t think anyones feet know the ins and outs of Weirton as much as you. Enjoy that big football stadium in the sky! Our hometown has lost a great member of our family today. We will always remember the way you could lite up the room. Sleep well!!!

  17. To Jimmys Family, I pray that the angels of the Lord guided Jimmy home, & he was greated with a grand welcome! Our communities Weir, Madonna,Oak Glen, & Brooke fans will greatly miss his pep & excitment—- and just being ONE of a kind, JIMMY!! U are loved our friend!! Blessings, Patti Barnabei & Family


  19. Jimmy will always be Weir High’s #1 fan. He knew everyone in town and everyone knew him. He was a special person and I’m sure he went straight to heaven. May God bless his family…..Jimmy you will be missed.

  20. What a dear heart! Weirton will be less without Jimmy. I had the good fortune to know him as a nurse at WMC and will miss him terribly. We could all learn a lot from Jimmy — he never knew a stranger, he had the ultimate school spirit and he always told you the truth. RIP, my friend.

  21. To the Kum family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time. Jimmy will be missed by so many. I have known Jimmy since I was little & he always looked out for me. May you rest in peace.

  22. Larry and Nancy sorry for your loss. Had known Jimmy for many years. He always had a smile and treated me with respect. We will miss him.

  23. To Jimmy’s Family – you have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother. When I think of Jimmy, I am a young girl growing up on Terrace Heights watching him walking to work carrying his black lunch box. Back in the 60’s, graduation parties were held at home and he would attend all of them. He always called the girls in the neighborhood sweetheart and pretty girl pretty girl. When I got married and moved back to Terrace Heights, Jimmy was the first one to welcome me “home”. I will miss seeing Jimmy on my evening walks and I will miss him standing at the old TV cable yelling woo hoo at 4:30 in the morning. Little did he know, he was my alarm clock. Looks like I’ll have to stop at the store tomorrow and buy one. Dearest Jimmy, as you had welcomed me back home all those years ago, I know the Good Lord is welcoming YOU home as well. Mary Kay (Barnabei)Angelo & family

  24. I am so sorry for your loss, for how much Weirton is going to be missing Jimmy, I can not imagine how much his family will miss him. RIP Jimmy

  25. Weirton has lost one it’s famous fans, Jimmy also loved the Weir High Band as much as he loved their sports teams. May his soul rest in peace.

  26. To Jimmys family….my heart is heavy today for the city of Weirton has lost the best!!! I have so many fond memories of Jimmy and everytime he saw me he would always ask me if my Dad, who owns Gus’s Goodies, remembered his birthday was coming up on the 4th of July (as he told us) and if he was going to make him a cake!!! He always brought a smile to my face and will truly be missed by all who knew him…..he was our city’s greatest fan. May he rest in peace. Kris Monezis Taflan

  27. Jimmy will be missed around Weirton, His heart was made of gold. loved the guy. daughter worked at Dairy Queen, he offered to marry her if she would buy him a sandwitch. She did, after he ate it, : I not marrying you, just wanted the sandwitch. R I P Jimmy. She up there and I will bet she will buy you one. So sorry

  28. I always enjoyed seeing Jimmy around our neighborhood. Him and his brother would always stop and talk to me and my family. He will be greatly missed not only around the neighborhood but at the football games. You were and angel here on earth now you are up in heaven with our angels.

  29. Larry,Nancy and Barb, growing up on Terrace Hghts, brings many memories of Jimmy. Back around 1975 -1978 He loved following the Weir High Band with all their (pretty girls) around the neighborhood.(I don’t think anyone has walked as many miles as Jimmy) I remember the many times we picked him up and took him to St.Pauls church with us on Sunday mornings, anytime we are out Jimmy and Larry still stop by my parents house. He will be deeply missed by everyone in Weirton. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family today. Natalie(Caranda)Postlethwaite

  30. I really am going to miss seeing Jimmy around he was a very nice guy that cared about everybody and loved sports. RIP Jimmy Gonna miss you you were a great Guy!

  31. Jimmy, You are a part of the heart, soul, and history of Weirton. One of the most loyal citizens, and probably the biggest valley sports fan to come out of this area. May God bless you in your travels, and hopefully your smiling down on all of us today and the days to come. “Hey Weir High” Sincerely, Brandon and Naghma

  32. Nancy, Larry, Barb and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother, our Terrace Heights neighbor and Weirton icon. Jimmy always remembered me as “Weir High Band” and called my brother Chris, “Rick.” He affectionately called my mom “Rick’s mommy.” We will miss him walking through the neighborhood and talking about his birthday and seeing him in the Weirton parades. We will always remember him at Weir High football games, especially Homecoming where you would find Jimmy in his suit and tie with flowers waiting to kiss the new queen. He is now kissing the “pretty angels” and watching over all of us and cheering loudly for his favorite teams. God be with all of you. Weirton was a better place because of Jimmy. We will all miss him. Gerry, Melanie and Chris Donofe

  33. R.I.P. Jimmy. You will be missed by the town of Weirton and all the local sports teams. You was Weir High and Madonna Biggest Fan. Rest in peace Jimmy. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this time. Chris, Michelle & C.J.

  34. My sympanthy to his family and we will miss him as a known figure in Weirton. I shared his passing with my daughter, who did not have the pleasure to know him, but what i told her was this: Jimmy was a great person and lifted all of us to a better place by knowing him. You dont have to be famous or have a lot of money, just be who you are and the best you can be, Jimmy was and we will miss him. These emails are from all over the country, I can only hope to be remembered so kindly.

  35. To the Family of Jimmy Kum, Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. All of us in Weirton have lost a true and loyal fan, and a kind man with a smile and a handshake for anyone he met. He will be missed!

  36. For Jimmy’s family, What a loss we all share with you. There will never be anyone like Jimmy- not even close. He made us cheer, he made us laugh, but most of all he made us appreciate the good things about our town. He walked long distances to support literally thousands of Weirton youth over the years. Nothing held Jimmy back, nothing. Not weather or distance or even his own troubles. We could all learn how to better approach life from Jimmy. It just won’t be the same next fall without him.

  37. Truly Weirton has lost a shining soul – i remember jimmy as a kid and always remember his good will and cheer. He always cheered weir-high. I have spoken to him on ocasions and have something to learn from him. I am shocked and feel weirton and all of us have lost a friend. Jimmy wasa community Icon. My condolences to the family of a good man! I think I will go to a weir high game now in rememberenace of him. God bless Brian Starvaggi

  38. We have many happy memories of Jimmy from our years of service @ WAARS. He would stop in at all hours of the day & night. He always left us with a smile on our faces; and laughter in the air. Most often he would grab a quick cup of coffee, crack a few jokes with the guys, & flirt with all the ladies on station… always making sure to tell us girls he just wanted some coffee and not to marry any of us… lol. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times over the years we bumped into Jimmy attending sporting events for Weir, Brooke, & Oak Glenn… he was The Ultimate Fan. He will truely be missed… RIP Jimmy.

  39. I am sorry for the families loss – i knew jimmy since i was a kid – he was everywhere at events and games and he was always happy and cheerful and nice. I knew jimmy was different but he was a good person. As all have said he was a part of weirton jusy like weirton steel, earnest t weir, mike starvaggi etc. May his soul rest in peace and is sad to loose him – he will be in my memories – rest in peace jimmy E. Brian Starvaggi

  40. Jimmy has been a big part of my life in Weirton since I was a small child visiting my sister and her husband on Terrace Heights in the 50’s until now. You could say that I grew up with Jimmy. He always had a kind word for most people that he knew and treated him right. This is a man that will be sorely missed in Weirton. God rest his soul. Amen.


  42. He was Weirton’s biggest booster. Everyone in town knew Jimmy. He was always ready to shake your hand, introduce himself and ask you your name. I was truly saddened to hear of Jimmy’s death. Generations knew him; Weirton will never be the same. God Bless you, Jimmy!!

  43. He was A good person I remember watching in the parades as a lil girl & saw him every where.He is truly Weirtons Pride& Joy. Im truly sorry Weirton lost there biggest Fan


  45. To the Kum family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember Jimmy from my early years on Weirton Heights,then the football and basketball games, cheering for Weir and admiring all of “the pretty girls” My daughter and I just spoke with him last monday, he was gaving breakfast and greeting all who entered Patty’s. He even remembered my daughter had been a cheerleader, though it had been 11 ro 12 years ago. He was truly the area’s biggest fan. May he rest in peace.

  46. I grew up blocks away from Jimmy = Playing ball on Terrace heights and him as a cheerleader – Weir High – Go Weir High – rest in peace Jimmy you have taken a part of history with you that will never be replaced

  47. Our thoughts and prayers to the Kum family. Jimmy will truly be missed by the Weirton community. His spirit will be remembered by all the students that went to school at Madonna and Weir High. RIP, Jimmy.

  48. To the Kum family, Sorry to here of your loss.Jimmy will surely be missed by all that knew him. He is now Gods personal cheerleader!!! R.I.P. Jimmy

  49. Larry (& Family), We are deeply saddened over Jimmy’s passing. We offer our most sincere condolence to you and pray that you find peace in knowing that Jimmy’s heart is beating stronger than ever as he watches over you from above. Weirton’s loss is Heaven’s gain…what a fan and cheerleader. Jimmy knew no stranger. Hugs from Coach Dan, Beth, Josh & Danielle.

  50. My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Jimmy’s family for their loss. It feels like the entire city of Weirton has lost a family member. May he rest in peace and hopefully your family will will find peace knowing that he is now in a better place.

  51. Jimmy, u are very nice guy.. everytime I saw u walk through our town like everywhere. u are brave guy. U tell me weir high always have pretty girls, true.and he always come weir high game all time, but he is biggest fan of our team… god bless to him.. our town gonna miss u so much. We all love u.. u are our legend in town… rest in peace, brother.

  52. To the Kum Family, our deepest sympathy of the loss of Jimmy. Jimmy We will miss you. Your warm smile will be missed by all. The angels came and got you and gave you a ride to heaven where now you are with the Lord . May you rest in peace. Arden, Nancy, Jeffrey Ford

  53. To Jimmy’s Family, We are very sorry to hear about Jimmy…he was one of a kind…such a gentle spirit and soul. He will be truly missed by the people of Weirton. Rest in Peace Jimmy and may your spirit be felt on the streets of Weirton. God Bless David, Melissa, Blade & Sam Huggins

  54. I am soo verty sorry for the loss of Jimmy. you will be missed very much. I will always remember you as my patient at weirton medical. As soon as you got there you would say you were going to alk to Dr Makar to let you go home. RIP the Altomare family

  55. Jimmy will be truly missed. I was a cheerleader for Weir High and remember always being kissed on the hand, and he always said Weir High had “pretty girls” Also, homecoming will never be the same without him being the first to present the queen with a rose. I can’t believe we just talked to him the week before. Our prayers are with you. Sheryl Linkesh

  56. I did not know Jimmy personally, but everytime I saw him (which was usually at ANY high school sporting event) he put a huge smile on my face. His love for life, sports and the citizens of Weirton will never be forgotten. Simply put, Jimmy was a true Weirton “icon” and he will be dearly missed by all.

  57. Jimmy, You are a legend here and everyone that knew you would agree-what an angel heaven has now, you will be greatly missed-Weirton will never be the same for theres nobody with your spirit , a spirit that was contagious, I know that there is a heaviness in my heart knowing I’ll never see your happy face, but I know your up there cheering for the blue dons, you sure loved blue don cheerleaders and we loved you too! Rip Jimmy you’ve left a impression on Weirton that will carry on forever

  58. To Jimmy’s Family So sorry about Jimmy’s passing. To me, Jimmy was the face of Weirton Heights. From his grass cutting days at Starvaggis hut coming up the hill, to his sweeping the walk at the Rider Mart, to him sitting on any wall or bench going across Penna Ave. I, like many others, was always glad to take him to him to any of his many destinations. He was a man that truly lived his life one day at a time, enjoying all that that he could, most of all HIS beloved “WEIR HIGH”, “BLUE DONS”, “PRETTY GIRLS-WOO HOO” and “NAN’s SGHETY”(spaghetti). Thanks Nancy for letting Jimmy be Jimmy and showing us what life ‘should’ be all about. I’ll miss him.

  59. If there’s a Convenient Food Market on a corner in Heaven, it’s made a little brighter by Jimmy’s presence.

  60. On behalf of the Weir High Band I want to send our heart-felt condolences to Jimmy’s family. He was the spirit of our band and our school. Not only was he a fan of me and the band but he was a true friend. I will miss our talks at the convenient store or driving him home on a cold winters night. He may be gone but his spirit will live on with me and the Weir High Band. God Bless you Jimmy. Love Ray Seifert

  61. He was a genuine hometown hero. He fullfilled the purpose God planed for his life. We should all be different, like Jimmy, who taught us what unconditional love looks and feels like, and keep that alive in our own lives. I am proud, and unmeasureably grateful, to be a PRETTY GIRL.

  62. Jimmy was the “Spirit of Weirton”. As a Weirton native it was always a highlight to see Jimmy. I wish everyone was as cheerful and loving as him. God will definitely have a special place in Heaven for Jimmy. Probaly welcoming Pretty Girls as they arrive, and the Blue Dons, Weir High, and Brooke Saints. “GO JIMMY!!!”

  63. My deepest sympathy to Jimmy’s family. Weirton will never be the same without him! But we will always remember him.

  64. My deepest sympathy to Jimmy’s family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I will always remember Jimmy while riding the bus to Weir High in the mornings watching Jimmy carrying his lunch box walking to work. Being a member of the Weir High Band always having Jimmy’s support at parades and football games. Weirton lost its biggest fan!! Our sporting events will not the be same. Jimmy was truly an icon. RIP Jimmy. Blessing, Renee, Jim, Nicole and Joey Lemal

  65. Weirton has lost a great personality in Jimmy. Every time he saw us it was “hey Blue Dons”. And he always had a kiss and a hug for you. I’m sure the Lord has a place for him in heaven. Tony & Ruth Licata

  66. Deepest sympathy goes out to the Kum family in this time of your loss. Jimmy was one in a million. Everybody in the valley knew what a legend he was. I would talk with him from time to time and give him rides to wherever he needed to go. It was a joy to be in his company.God Bless Jimmy.

  67. I grew up on the corner of Pikeview Road and 11th Street. We always saw Jimmy walking down 11th Street. He was always so friendly and nice to all of us kids. Was a die-hard Red Rider Fan. His imfamous quote “Go Weir High”. When I think back growing up, Jimmy always came to mind. He holds a special place in my heart and I am sure alot of others too. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Sincerily Anna (Leszun) Badalamenti

  68. I grew up on the corner of Pikeview Road and 11th Street. We always saw Jimmy walking down 11th Street. He was always so friendly and nice to all of us kids. Was a die-hard Red Rider Fan. His imfamous quote “Go Weir High”. When I think back growing up, Jimmy always came to mind. He holds a special place in my heart and I am sure alot of others too. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Sincerily Anna (Leszun) Badalamenti

  69. It has been a privelege to grow up in Weirton and have Jimmy be a part of my life. I remember Jimmy marching up and down Heights St. while Weir Band practiced when I was a young child. As I grew up and cheered on our local sports teams, Jimmy was there. When I got married, Jimmy was dancing with the band. And as my children played for Weir High, Jimmy was there. When we had our graduation parties, Jimmy was there to celebrate. As I look back, Jimmy was a big part of my life, and my families and touched us all in a very special way. He showed his pride and loyalty in a very unique way and he has touched the hearts of all who knew him. I wish you could have been here to see the new stadium Jimmy, but at the first game I go to I will save you a seat…..

  70. Heaven has gained a very special angel. He was a true gem to the city of Weirton, and especially to those who lived on Terrace Heights. For those who only saw the cheering Jimmy at sporting events, please know he had a sweet soul, huge heart, and gentle, caring eyes. God Bless you Jimmy.

  71. Knowing Jimmy made us all better people.The McDonalds will not be the same with out jimmy in the front booth greeting everyone in the morning. RIP Jimmy I will miss you!!!!

  72. It is amazing how one man has had such an effect on a community. Jimmy, thank you for the gifts you have given us…lessons in love, kindness and compassion. Because of you, we are better people. Our hearts are broken but your smile is lighting up Heaven. God bless you old friend.

  73. To the Family of Jimmy: To read and hear all the kind words the people of Weirton are expressing must be a joy to your heart. Jimmy is now receiving his heavenly reward. We will all remember Jimmy with a smile.

  74. Nancy, Larry, Barb and family, I will miss Jimmy’s politeness when driving him home, his excitement over Nan’s spaghetti, his friendly greetings no matter how many times he saw you in the same day, his favorite sports attire, his plaid summer shorts, his excitement on the 4th of July, his waves, his walks through the neighborhood, his support of area teams, his love for the band, his ability to be anywhere he wanted, his laugh and his smile….I will miss everything about Jimmy…you were blessed to have him as your brother, I was blessed to have him as my friend.

  75. To the Family of Jimmy Kum, Please accept my condolences. I will pray for Peace for Jimmy and for his family. Oh how i wil miss Jimmy. He is a great soul. I used to pick him up and take him home once in a while. I met Jimmy in the 1960’s when he helped some people i knew move their furniture into a new apartment. One of these friends , Nelda Martin was a neighbor to Jimmy’s on New York Blvd. Since that day Jimmy & i have been friends. The town sure won’t be the same wthout his famous words. Yea Weir High…..

  76. Jimmy was an angel on earth now hes an angel in heaven. LOVE YOU JIMMY. You will be missed always. R.I.P.

  77. Like so many in the community it’s hard to remember a time when I didn’t know Jimmy. He truly is a Weirton legend. I know he’d enjoy all the kind words and attention he’s getting now. God bless you Jimmy!

  78. Jimmy, I’ve only known you for a short while, but now I see what I have been missing. You touched my heart. A new brilliant star is in the sky with your smile on it. Love, Bonnie

  79. Deepest sympathy to the Kum family. You can define his legacy by the many comments others have submitted. Jimmy will be missed.

  80. One Christmas morning there was a knock on my door. Out side was Jimmy, dressed as Santa Clause. He had come as Santa to visit my children and wish them Merry Christmas. This was the kind of soul that was Jimmy.

  81. Dear Barb, Nancy and Larry. My heart is so heavy over the loss of our beloved neighbor, friend and Weirton’s No.1 Fan. My condolences to you and your family. Jimmy didn’t know strangers. He could probably tell everyone what school he remembered you from. He always asked me where my brother ‘patches’ was and remembered me from Weir Hi Band over 35 yrs ago! I’ll never forget the time when I got sick during band practice and had to go to hospital and he ran up the hill to tell my mom! What an amazing person he was! He had a pure heart of gold. His cheers for my kids @ Weir too! We will miss him so much. May you rest in peace Jimmy. We love you! Blaine, Brianna, Brendon and Barbi (patches sis) Kelley-Sadler family

  82. To the Kum Family, I have very pleasant memories of Jimmy growing up. The one that sticks in my mind is I never was afraid climbing Water Tank Hill after a Football game because Jimmy would walk me home and then start singing on the rest of the way to his house. He was one special guy and I know he is having fun in Heaven sharing stories with my mom. God Bless him and may he rest in peace.


  84. Jimmy has been a huge part of Weirton for as long as I can remember. RIP Jimmy, your friend the Oak Glen Cop.

  85. To Jimmy’s Family: A beautiful person has left us and entered as an angel in heaven. The City of Weirton has lost a true legend. The community will never be the same without his sparkling personality, his waves to all, his love for the Weir High Band and his support for all the local schools. You will never be forgotten Jimmy. RIP.

  86. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kum family at this time, It will be sad to come home and not see Jimmy out wandering the neighborhood or the streets of Weirton, God Bless You Jimmy

  87. Thanks for all the support and cheers, Jimmy. I hope there are pretty girls and that Weir High is winning for you in the afterlife. The mansion waiting for you should be the largest.

  88. My condolences to the family of Jimmy Kum – Athletes become part of history for playing the sport we love. Jimmy Kum has become a legend for cheering us on!

  89. Jimmy was definitely a Weirton legend. I remember him from the time I was a very small child. Weirton will miss him. My condolences to his family.

  90. I grew up on New York Blvd.right across the street from Jimmy…I have known him all of my life and will always have fond memories of him…May he rest in peace with all the pretty girls…You will be missed…My deepest sympathy to the family…

  91. I grew up down the road from Jimmy on Oregon Ave, I would always see him walking and it was an honor to give him a ride anywhere he needed. And anytime I would see him at convenient he would ask me to get him a pack of smokes, and of course it was never a problem. Weirton lost a legend and he will never be forgotten…Rest peacefully Jimmy….Go Weir

  92. Dear Nancy and Family-I was saddened to learn of the loss of Jimmy. Growing up on Terrace Heights there was hardly a day that I did not see Jimmy. Always reminding me that “Weir High had pretty girls,” and reminding me of whatever the next sporting event would be. I have given Jimmy rides to his many destinations and he always had a smile on his face. I moved away for a brief time but upon returning to Weirton I would give Jimmy rides again with my son (now 9) who now also knows how much Jimmy meant to everyone in Weirton. God Bless Jimmy and the Kum Family. Debbie, Greg and Evan Boniti

  93. Those of us who grew up in Weirton will always remember Jimmy. He is legend and will be an integral part of Weirton’s history. His memory will live on. RIP

  94. My condolences to the family. All of Weirton is going to miss him. He was a big part of Weirton. You will be Sadly missed Jimmy. I remember you sitting on my porch waiting for me to get home from work so that I could take you home. Will miss you very much and will miss the words hoo hoo pretty nurse.

  95. He was a good person, had few worries or sorrows, and touched the lives of many of us in the Weirton area. The big game he is attending now has him in the front row of the stadium cheering for all his favorite teams. RIP Jim….

  96. To Jimmy’s Family, We’re so sorry for your loss. I believe the entire community is saddened by Jimmy’s death, and will miss seeing his friendly face around town. He sure could get around!! I wonder if Jimmy realized how many friends he had, and how he touched so many lives. Weirton will never be the same. May all the wonderful memories you have of Jimmy help get you through this very sad time. Kenny, Michele, Kasey, Garrett, & Kelly Lemasters

  97. Jimmy is a Weirton icon that will be truly missed by anyone that crossed his path. Rest in peace, Jimmy. My prayers go out to his family and close friends. Weir High will never have a greater fan!

  98. Weirton has truly lost “one of it’s finest” citizens ~~~ hopefully by knowing how loved he was by all of Weirton, his family will always be comforted. Memory Eternal, Jimmy !!!

  99. To Jimmy’s Family–What an angel Heaven has gained! Jimmy was so real–Heart of Gold. He will truly be missed by all. RIP Jimmy.

  100. Jimmy you sure will be missed by all that knew and loved you! Weirton will never be the same! RIP buddy! Cristen

  101. To Jimmy’s Family, Jimmy will be missed by the whole town. He was always there to brighten your day with a “Weir High got pretty girls.” He never met a stranger, he was a friend to all. RIP Jimmy

  102. I would like to offer my sympathy and prayers at this time to Jimmys family. I remember seeing him at football games, and occassionally getting a kiss on the cheek from him. Jimmy is a Weirton icon (you can tell by all of the comments posted), and he will be missed by all

  103. The Weirton Community has lost a truly special man. What a loving, kind and gentle spirit he was. Now he is resting in peace after all of his earthly challenges. This “Weir High pretty girl” is praying for his family and dear friends. May you all rest in knowing that he is now at home with his Father and may all the memories with him carry you through the difficult days.

  104. To the family of Jimmy Kum: Weirton will never be the same. From when we used to hang out at Mcdonalds in the late 70s to all four of my children graduating from weir high, to him stopping to see me and bringing me fruit where I work, he has been a part of everyones lives. I dont know of any man who has made such an impact on so many people as what Jimmy did. God Bless you and prayers to comfort you at this time. He will be missed.

  105. To the best sports fan in weirton, we will miss you and your cheering. So many people got to be a part in your life, prayers sent to your family

  106. Jimmy was the communities’ son, brother, friend… he was someone to everyone. He is someone you let family from afar know that he is now an angel, as being a part of our lives, he was a part of our families. What a sweetie! ~Always Remembered

  107. Dear Nancy, Larry, Barb and Family: To see all the wonderful tributes to your brother Jimmy speaks volumes of what the people of Weirton truly feel about the loss of such a special person. He obviously has touched so many lives in one way or another. My husband Michael “Mugsy” worked with Jimmy at Starvaggi’s and has many fond work-related memories, as well as memories of growing up on Terrace Heights. Michael and I have had the pleasure of Jimmy’s company on many occasions over the years, whether seeing him at Convenient or at different social and sporting events. We also had the opportunity to give him a ride here and there, and he was always so entertaining that we would be uplifted by his enthusiasm. We are deeply saddened by Jimmy’s passing, as is my mother, Helen Barnabei, who has known Jimmy for years and was with us on many of those rides. We will miss Jimmy!! May God be with you in your time of sorrow. Michael and Kathy Ballato and Helen Barnabei

  108. To Jimmy’s Family, On behalf of Weir Middle School, I would like to extend our sympathies to you and yours. Jimmy was an extremely positive part of many of our lives and definitly the community of Weirton. Jimmy, Thanks for the memories. You will be genuinely missed!!!! Dan Enich Principal Weir Middle School

  109. Sad time for weirton, including myself. I can remember my dad picking Jimmy up for football games when I was young. He always kept the rides interesting. Then he cheered for me when I played. Now that I have a family, I’m glad my wife and children were fortunate enough to meet him. My wife isn’t from here, but he still called her “Weir High Cheerleader”! You will be missed! Thanks for the memories Jimmy. Dan,Jackie,Austin,Selena,Xavier

  110. Jimmy was the biggest fan of all area teams. He had a heart bigger than most of us will ever have. A true and faithful fan there will never be. You are with God and he shall truly bless you and watch over and comfort your family in this time of need. God Bless and R.I.P Jimmy.

  111. Jimmy was a awesome person! He always kept me happy at work, and always carried my daughters picture in his pocket, he also loved my father George Vargo, and cheered for the “Blue Dons”. We will miss you soooo much, the basketball games are just not going to be the same, he was a amazing person, and the Vargo family loved you Jimmy! He went straight to Heaven!!!! Now you have to watch over all of us in Weirton!

  112. I smile every time I think of Jimmy. He was always so kind. In the early 80’s, I was one of his “Weir High Pretty Girls” no matter where he saw me. I loved his enthusiasm for his Weir High Red Riders and the band. He will be missed. I am proud to say that Jimmy Kum made a difference in my life and I am proud of my hometown for taking such good care of him. It has been a long time since I have seen Jimmy. When I see him again, it will be at Heaven’s gate. I can only imagine the parade with Jimmy as God’s cheerleader. Rest in Peace, Jimmy! Those of us from Weirton will miss you!

  113. Our deepest sympathies are with your family on the loss of Jimmy. Even though we haven’t lived in Weirton for 26 years, when I heard of his passing, I could vividly picture his smile and enthusiasm. He was a wonderful example of exceptional loyalty, warmth, and acceptance of everyone. We could all learn a lot from him. Our prayers are with you and God Bless you Jimmy, from Cork (Weir High) and Monica ( Madonna) Gable.

  114. I was saddened to hear about the news of Jimmy’s passing. He was a Weirton ICON! I will miss that infectious smile and hearing those words, “Weir High Pretty Girls” along with that gentle kiss on the cheek. I remember my family providing Jimmy with a drink when he was thirsty, a dinner when he was hungry and a ride home when his feet hurt from walking all day. He touched more people’s lives than he will ever know! Jimmy was EVERYWHERE. I will miss seeing him when I am in town visiting family and friends. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time. Weirton will NOT be the same! I was glad to hear Weirton paid tribute to him on WTOV9 news. RIP Jimmy. You will be truly missed!

  115. When I heard that Jimmy had passed, I was in shock and am still numb. Jimmy used to sit on the corner behind our home on South 11th Street. He waved at every car that passed and never failed to yell, “Yeah Weir High!” He was a die hard fan that was loyal to the end. He will be greatly missed. It is seldom we meet someone who leaves a lasting impression on our minds and hearts. Jimmy was someone who not only leaves that memory but I will always hear his voice as he cheers for his favorite team. I hope they leave a seat dedicated to him at the new stadium. We will miss you Jim…………..

  116. Weirton has lost a true community symbol and a constant thread that has obviously touched so many. Jimmy had a special talent of making everyone he spoke with feel they were important and he was truly their biggest fan. I will never forget being in a game and hearing his cheers above the crowd, “Let’s GO LoLo!” He has been an inspiration to all and a great blessing to the community. He always put a smile on my face with his generous waves, exuberant cheers and bear hugs. His presence will be missed by many! I can just see him right now waving and cheering us on from above! Lori(Conley)Vandeborne

  117. never met a man quite like JIMMY!!! WE GO BACK TO 1962!!!!! I’M GONNA MISS HIM!!!! LIKE FAMILY!!!!I’D LIKE 2 TRY AN GET A MEMORIAL SET UP 4 HIM!!!!!!!CONTACT ME!!!

  118. Jimmy truley was an Angel!! Sure am going to miss him, daily work life at Convenient just wont be the same without hearing him calling me “Cowboy”. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.I have been blessed just to have known him!! R.I.P Jimmy,i will miss you always thanks for the memories! Love Cowboy!!!

  119. I heard about Jimmy yesterday and it seriously brought my day to a stand still. He was one of the reasons I looked forward to my visits back home. I lived across the street from him and he always welcomed me with “Hi Weir High band, such a pretty girl.” It always made my day. I knew that I would have a great day when I seen him, and gave me a smile and a laugh. Weirton has truly lost the greatest treasure ever. So many people will greatly miss you Jimmy. I know your in heaven watching down and cheering us all on. My condolences go out to you Nancy and Larry. <3

  120. Dear Nancy, Larry and family, Jimmy was just full of love. He’d say our names then “Weir High Band”! We will never forget him. God bless each of you at this difficult time…………..

  121. I am so sorry to hear of this loss. We will all miss Jimmy. I remember how delighted we all were to see him at the football games. He brought so much joy to so many people. Irreplacable. Thank you, Jimmy! Have fun in Heaven!

  122. I remember seeing Jimmy for the first time when I visited my grandparents on terrace heights back in the ’60’s. What I remember then about him was the “hey pretty girl” he would say to those stopping in at the Rider Mart. I’ve since gotten to know Jimmy, he was kind-hearted to both friend and stranger. He loved the local schools and their sports. He even called my wife “Brooke” everytime he saw her. Weirton was blessed to have someone like Jimmy as a resident. He was special, and will be missed. R.I.P. Jimmy. Thanks for the memories. Our condolences to Jimmys’ family.

  123. You will be missed, Jimmy. You always called me “Weir High Cheerleader”. I never was a cheerleader, but you never believed me. You would just laugh and move along. The streets of Weirton Heights have lost a soulmate, but the streets of heaven have gained one. Love & prayers to your family.

  124. I would like to share a great story about Jimmy, When I was a senior in High School, I played basketball for the Blue Dons, during one of the games I was at the foul line for a big pair of free throws. The entire gym was silent. As I prepaired to shoot my first of two shots Jimmy yelled out “MY COUSIN MIKE” while holding up my senoir picture and kissing my photo. The entire gym errupted with laughter. He was a Weirton icon and will be sorely missed by all.

  125. Dear Kum Family, Jimmy was a wonderful person and truly a sweetheart..Everytime anyone saw him he was all smiles..Weirton will never be the same with out Jimmys love of the local football teams and local high school bands.. God has gained our angel and we will all miss him!!!

  126. Thank You for loving us Jimmy. Thank You for always being there to lift our spirits. You are loved and never forgotten….. You are a Rider, a Blue Don, and a Weirton Icon…. Your friend, Johnny…..

  127. My job will never be the same….Jimmy came into the place I work sometimes even before we were open….always wanted soup! Gonna miss him…..he always brightened my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  129. I always remembered Jimmy when I marched in the 4th of July parade in Weirton. He would always yell yeah Weir High band best band in Weirton. He was a true fan of the schools in our area. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  130. Weirton will never forget you Jimmy! You will always be remembered! I will always keep the “pretty girl” kisses dear and near to my heart. Rest in peace Jimmy. My condolences to his family.

  131. Nancy, Larry and Barb Thank you for sharing your brother with all of us. Jimmy always put a smile on my face. I will miss him yelling from my front yard, “Hey Lou, where is the old man?” Terrace Heights will never be the same but we are blessed to have an Angel watching over us.

  132. It will be very sad to attend a football or basketball game without Jimmy being there. He will be missed!! RIP Jimmy!

  133. My heart aches for the Kum family. Jimmy was as genuine as they come. I’ll always remember how he cheered for the Weir High Band and always complimented the pretty girls. There has never been a greater fan than Jimmy. I’m sure we will hear him cheering from heaven. May God be with your family at this time.

  134. Jimmy was a gentle soul and now that soul will be walking around Heaven shouting out Go Blue Dons or Go Weir High and hey pretty girl to all of those from Weirton who have gone before us. In a world where we have been told to be wary of strangers, Jimmy was one you could always trust. Thank you Kum family for sharing your brother and uncle with us. Pennsylvania Ave will not be the same. God bless you at this time of loss. We are all sharing in the loss of a truly loving man.

  135. To Jimmy’s Family Our community has lost a icon. His enthusiasm will be missed by all. He was the happiest person in this town. His heart was as big as this city. Everyone will miss him. But now heaven has a very special angel. Whether getting off the elevator at the hospital or leaving the Convienent Food Mart I will never forget hearing “Hey Madonna Mom” Rest in peace Jimmy. This community will never be the same without you.

  136. Weirton has lost an Angel but Heaven has gained an Angel. We will miss you Jimmy and remember you always.

  137. Geez, what can anyone say that hasn’t already been said? He loved everyone and everyone loved him. He LOVED football and all area schools. Once I heard him say “Go Wheeling Park”. That was sweet and music to my ears. I can’t be there formally, but most definitely am there in spirit. RIP, Jimmy. You are loved and will be sadly missed.

  138. Jimmy will be sadly missed – i am honored to have been one of his “PRETTY GIRLS” and will never forget Jimmy and all his kisses he shared through out the years. Even though a lot of us are no longer in Weirton – we have Jimmy in our hearts traveling around the country. Jimmy, you will always be loved and greatly missed by thousands around the country. Jimmy’s family – always remember, whenever you need someone to talk to, no matter the time or place, ALWAYS LOOK UP, Jimmy will be waiting to blow you kisses and to help you find your way. God Bless Jimmy and his family!! missi and chuck petrella and Leona paterra

  139. Amazing what one person can do to brighten a community. Jimmy had the greatest heart and the most genuine soul of any human being on Gods great earth. He will truly be missed by many! See ya again one day Jimmy..Sincerely “Hey Brooke”

  140. My favorite memory of Jimmy was from quite a few years ago. I was driving up Pennsylvania Ave. and Jimmy was on the side of the road trying to get a ride. So I pulled over to offer him a ride and he replied by saying, “No thanks, I’m not getting in your truck. I have a suit on for the funeral home.” Rest peacefully Jimmy. Domenick Tonacchio

  141. So sad to hear about Jimmy. Everyone knew him and loved him. My Dad drove School Bus for 30 years for Weir High and Madonna. We got to know him well. Now they are together in Heaven. Dad on his bus hauling the Angel’s football team and Jimmy yelling to the Angel Cheerleaders..Pretty girls.

  142. I’ve seen Jimmy around town all my life. He always said hi. He was a good guy. I’ll miss seeing him around.You have my deepest sympathy.

  143. My heart was broken when I heard the news about Jimmy. He was such a great person, who touched so many lives. There will be no one who can fill his shoes with the love he shared in our community. Thanks for the memories. I’m sure God had a special “corner” reserved for Jimmy. Friendship love, Dee

  144. Thank you Jimmy for sharing the joy of life with us. Your excitement was contagious. You became an icon to Weirton and we will never forget you. We will indeed miss you!

  145. We have so many fond memories of Jimmy. We would often include him on our many road trips to away Madonna football and basketball games, which always incuded dinner. (which he loved). He was quite a guy and will be truly missed.

  146. Dear Kum Family, Thank you so much for sharing your brother with the Weirton community. He was a true blessing. Most sincerely, Lisa (Runkel) Boron

  147. Jimmy was so much a part of the fiber of the community. His smile was contagious and he always made you feel like he was so glad to see you. He will be very much missed. My deepest condolences.


  149. Jimmy was a man with many friends and will be greatly missed. He was well known and loved by all. I haven’t seen him in many years but can still hear him saying “Weir High Pretty Girl” every time I seen him. May you rest in peace Jimmy.

  150. To Jimmy’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy always had a smile on his face & that is one of many things that will be missed. He always had something to say & was a friendly person. He will be missed by me & so many people.

  151. Jimmy was a hero for Weirton and touched many. Parades will never be the same. Fond memories of Jimmy from the time I was young thru adulthood will be cherished! God speed to you, Jimmy. Deepest condolences and heart felt sympathy to his family…”Go Weir High” “Pretty girl, pretty girl”

  152. Awe, my heart dropped when I heard the news. Back when I was a freshman, Jimmy said to me, “Go Blue Don cheerleader; pretty girl”. A year later, I seen him in McDonald’s, he kissed my hand and said, “Go Blue Dons”. When I told him that I was now a WEIR High Red Rider, he said, “No, Blue Don”. Though I graduated from Weir, I will always be Jimmy’s Blue Don/Red Rider girl. Even when I didn’t feel very pretty or our team lost, Jimmy’s compliments would brighten my day. I remember as a little girl, passing him on Pennsylvania Avenue. He was dressed in a suit, walking to church every Sunday in the heat, rain, or snow. I truly admired that about Jimmy, and regret not ever telling him. Jimmy always had that REAL JOY down in his heart. THANK YOU JIMMY FOR BEING WEIRTON’S #1 FAN FOR 68 YEARS!

  153. I had the privilege of being his physician and a friend for more than 25 years…he enriched all our lives with his ever present smile and enthusiasm….along with so many whose lives he touched,I will miss him dearly…he was a genuine legend……..

  154. Jimmy loved life, people and sports. We hope he knows how his simple life has touched us and made us all better people. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

  155. Weirton will never be the same …. I was pleased to see Jimmy still here and doing well after my return from 15yrs in Cal. ….It seemed to make the coming home transition feel complete …..R.I.P. Jimmy

  156. No Weir High or Madonna sporting event will ever be the same without the number one fan. RIP Jimmy….

  157. Its a very sad day in Weirton by the loss of a very special person. Jimmy will always be remember! With Sympathy, chris Miller

  158. Dear Family, Growing up with Jimmy in Weirton was a wonderful experience. He was treated as part of our family and brought us much happiness with his friendliness and jovial personality. To the family we share in your grief and may God bless you. Irene Kapiris

  159. If you were from Weirton, you knew Jimmy ! A smile and a wave to everyone that passed….”Go Blue Dons” Jimmy ! The town will surely not be the same without you.

  160. I am living across the country from weirton now, but when i got the news of Jimmys passing,a friend asked “whos Jimmy Kum and what made him so special” well, at first i didnt know where to start to explain “our Jimmy” but the words started to flow, i explained his huge heart full of enthusiasim and excitement, his love and support for all the h.s teams, the way he was EVERYHERE kind of magically, he never met a stranger, he was tall and strong and full of life..he was everyones friend…he made us smile,he held our hands, he made me feel like a “pretty girl” , this guestbook is a beautiful tribute to Jimmy, even a total stranger is touched,and can see what made Jimmy so special…

  161. Jimmy, I know that you are still cheering for all of us from heaven!! You are in the hearts of all that grew up in Weirton. I will never forget you. We will all cheer again together some day! Go Blue Dons!!!

  162. Guestbook of Jimmy Kum We all loved Jimmy, Truly , his smile and love was like the Rays of Sunshine. We can truly say that we all learned lessons from Jimmy. Love and Prayers ,Joe & Steve Buelich

  163. Rest well, God bless you, Jimmy Kum, a gentle soul. You will always be a part of warm memories of Weirton.

  164. I Will Always Remember the words Pretty Girl Or Go Weir High. I thought Jimmy was just the kindess person you could ever want to meet! And I am happy that I lived in the same town with such a kind soul and A True fan for the teams he loved so much. Heaven now gets to enjoy his smile and warmth like we all did for Many Years! R.I.P Jimmy!!!

  165. What a sad day for the city of Weirton, but, what a huge gain in heaven. Jimmy was full of life and touched everyone who came in contact with him. May God Bless and comfort his family in this difficult time.

  166. Will miss seeing Jimmy around town and giving him rides down Powerhouse hill. Always had a good word for everyone and brought smiles to countless faces. Will be sadly missed!

  167. It was great sadness I read of Jimmy’s death. He will be missed by us all. Heaven gained one of our best Angels. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. RIP Jimmy.

  168. I knew Jimmy for about55years and he would have never hurt anyone . He loved everyone we will missu Jimmy .Prayers for u jimmy love SHARON

  169. Dear Kum family, My sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved Jimmy. He was a true blessing to all who knew him. When I saw him several weeks ago, his trademark smile and handshake were in place, as well as his enthusiasm for life. He always thought of others, not of himself. All of his cherished teams now have an angel on their benches, cheering them on. God bless you as you travel this hard path in life, but know that Jimmy is still smiling at you and cheering you on. Thank you, Jimmy, for blessing us all with your life.

  170. I loved it when he called me “Pretty Girl” You’ll be missed greatly by so many. Rest in peace my wonderful Cousin. Cousin Marie

  171. I was saddened by the loss of Weir High’s # 1 Fan. Weirton won’t be the same without Jimmy but Heaven has gained an Angel. He never forgot a face, I was home a few months ago and ran into him and it was still Go Weir High Cheerleader and Pretty Girl, he made my day!! RIP Jimmy!!

  172. I remember my mom telling me about the 12 yr old boy that came to the back door when we where moving into our house. All he wanted to know was “Where there any kids moving in?”. We have know Jimmy a very long time and he will be greatly missed now and forever in Weirton. My family sends Jimmys’ family our prayers. Jimmy you will be missed. “Go Weir High”

  173. Jimmy”s family, It was very shocking to hear of his passing. I am alumni of the weir high band from ’94-’97. He was a part of my high school years thru the band. he was one of us. And a legend in Weirton. He had a kind heart. Allthough He never knew my real name, (he called me ” Weir High Band”) he never failed to say hi. Even untill a few weeks before his passing.

  174. Dear Barbara, Nancy, Larry & family, You know, I never thought of the day that Jimmy would no longer be on Terrace Heights. He was always there while I was growing up and always there whenever Bill and I would come back to town. So very sad for me to think of that! And yet, as I read all the condolences, I realize that he IS still there, even MORE so than ever, as his spirit and love is shinning through us all. He taught us so much when he was alive and we didn’t even realize it as much as we do now that he is gone to be with The Lord. What a wonderful world it would be if we could all live our lives as he did, and as your family did in loving him and teaching him so very much. Please know that all of us, no matter how far away we are, will always remember Jimmy. We hope and pray that we can follow his beautiful example of a ‘Life Well Lived’! God Bless you all, With Deepest Sympathy,

  175. Barb,Nancy and Larry We all know that Jimmy was the greatest fan for the Weirton area high schools. He always had a kind word for everyone he met. He will be missed.

  176. Jimmy touched everyone in a special way. Weirton has lost a favorite son and a kind soul; and Weir and Madonna sports teams have lost their greatest fan. May God Bless Jimmy and make his memory to be eternal.

  177. i grew up in weirton and always have fond memories of jimmy. my family always welcomed him. god bless the family and may he rest in peace.he will be missed. eileen

  178. Our family has grown up with Jimmy. From our high school days to our children’s high school days, Jimmy was always there cheering on our teams. He always had a kiss for the girls and a pat on the back for the guys. He will be sadly missed…

  179. To the Kum family, I am sorry for your loss. Jimmy touched so many lives as seen by all these memorials. He made paving the streets of Weirton fun. He would follow us from street to street. Usually arriving there before we did. We took to picking him up and dropping him off most days. We considered him part of the crew. He will be sorely missed. RIP Jimmy Cowboygirl

  180. We sure will miss Jimmy!!!! He certainly was Weirton’s NUMBER ONE fan! The Weir High and Madonna games will never be the same without him! I know he will continue to cheer from up above!!!! Love, The Tokash Family

  181. God truely blessed us with you Jimmy. God gives certain people the abiliy to put smiles on everyone’s face they meet, you were one of them. You were always there for us in the Weir High Band of the 70’s! We will miss you and I am glad you are now resting in peace with God. You deserve the best and now you have it! RIP Jimmy.

  182. Our condolences to Jimmy’s Family. Jimmy was a great man that did not hate, he never would do any wrong to anyone. He also had a welcome friend smile, hand shake, or kiss for everyone. He trusted and loved his fellow man as God has told us all to do. Jimmy will always be with us and he is forever young. RIP Jimmy the light you have shined so brightly shall guide us all the rest of our lives.

  183. MY deepest sympathy to the Kum family. Shortly after moving to Heights St. almost 3 yrs ago, I was on my way to work and saw this guy standing in the rain, so I picked him up and gave him a ride, that was the first time I met Jimmy. The thing I remember the most about him was when the radio station would play the National Anthem at 7 am, he would always say it was his favorite song. He would always tell me when it was sketty wednesday, he loved his sisters sewer pipes..lol. I will miss picking him up.We are glad we got to know him, we will always remember Weirs legend.

  184. Jimmy was the spirit of Weirton.He was loved by both young and old. Weirton lost someone special. My sympathy goes out to his family. May you rest in peace Jimmy. You will be missed.

  185. How everyone in Weirton will miss this kind, gentle soul. His happiness, humor, and kindness are the gifts that he left us and a flood of memories that will forever bring a smile to the faces of everyone who knew him. How wonderful to know a person who didn’t have an enemy in the world and a person who never hurt anyone and a person who lived life to the fullest. We will miss you, Jimmy. Thank you, dear friend, for everything.

  186. Weirton has lost a legend and his memories will live on forever in our hearts R.I.P Jimmy and “Go Weir High” Love all the “Pretty Girls”

  187. If their were more Jimmy Kum,s in the world, their would be no need for armies, for their would be no wars, I will forever miss you buddy, your neighbor.

  188. I grew up knowing Jimmy and have many stories but my favorite probably came as an adult. At the time, my future sister-in-law who was from Philadelphia, encountered Jimmy in Sheetz. She was with my brother but they were not together inside the store. My brother heard her calling for him. Jimmy had sought her out and knew she wasn’t from town. Not quite sure how to react to him, she was a little nervous. When my brother found her and saw who it was, he simply said, “oh, that’s Jimmy. He’s harmless. How’s it goin’ Jimmy?” and then walked away. Is there a greater tribute to a man than for another man to leave his nervous fiance with him and continue shopping? Jimmy simply had a job to do and that was to scout out this new person in town. Thanks Jimmy for never knowing a stranger. My drive to work in the morning will not be the same without seeing you sitting on the WAARS bench nor will the end of my workday be the same without seeing you on my way into Convenient.

  189. Growing up in Weirton I cannot recall an event of any kind where one would not see Jimmy. He loved the city and everything about it. We should all be so lucky to have a legacy of love and kindness like the one Jimmy leaves behind.

  190. Jimmy will be surely missed.I met him in the 90’s when we moved here from ohio.My brother Michael attended the Sheltered workshop and I met Jimmy thru him. I will miss his smiling face and his conversations. He was a GREAT AND SPECIAL MAN. We’ll miss you. Jana Springer and Michael Kennedy

  191. I met Jimmy in 1967 when I started attending Weir High . Jimmy was always there, and yes, he was always trying to kiss the girls. He was loved by everyome and will be missed by all the people of Weirton, Follansbee,New Cumberland,& Steubenville. He could always cheer you up when you were down. the people of Weirton always looked out after Jimmy like he was one of their own children and he will be missed forever and will never be forgotten. How can you ever attend a Weir High football or basketball game again & not look for Jimmy? But don’t worry, he’ll still be cheering us on in heaven & I’m sure will convert all the other angel up there by cheering”Yeah Weir High”

  192. To the family of Jimmy: No matter where I went, I would always see Jimmy. He was one of a kind. We are all going to miss him. God be with you all at this sorrowful time; but know that Jimmy is in heaven– shouting “Go Weir/Madonna” or “Pretty Girl”.

  193. My condolences to Jimmy’s family. He was everyone’s friend and a part of my fond memories of growing up in Weirton. He will live on in all of our memories. Weir High, Weir High !!!

  194. Everytime Jimmy and I met the first words out of his mouth: “Blue Don” followed by, “Where’s George”? (Coach Vargo). He was without doubt a blessing to this community. Thanks for your examples on how we should live our lives. We are all better for having known you.

  195. A good man He will be missed , i will never forget the time every time i seen him when i was driving around he would always look at me and yell WEIR HIGH what memories… R.I.P. Jimmy, my prayers and thougts sent to you & your family..

  196. Anyone that knows anything about Weirton knew Jimmy. Had you ever seen him in a bad mood? He loved life and he loved sports and pretty girls (even if they weren’t pretty, he called them that). It will be hard not seeing him on the side of the road waving to anyone that would wave back. If he was done talking to you he would wave his hand toward you and say, “Get outta here!” He meant no harm. He just wanted to talk but NEVER took up a lot of one’s time. One of Weirton’s Icons is gone but far from forgotten. He will be missed by a lot of people. Even the ones who didn’t know him or talk to him. Rest in peace, Jimmy, and cheer for your favorite team from up above.

  197. To Jimmy’s family We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy. He will be greatly missed. Not only at the games but seeing him around town. He was the true spirit of Weirton. And i always like to talk to him. The city and all the Sporting events will not be the same with out him. He was always there when we went to Weir High and He was always there when my Kids went the as well. Weir High, Weir High Pretty Girl, Pretty Girl We Love Ya Jimmy Mark & Sherry Swiger

  198. My condolences to Jimmy’s family. He will always have a special place in all of our hearts. Don Buchanan Weir High class of 1981

  199. What a special man heaven has gained! Rest in peace Jimmy! Weirton will never be the same – you will truly be missed.

  200. Growing up in Weirton and being in the band meant you were bound to see Jimmy at least once a week and hearing him shout “Weir High Band” ! He touched many hearts with his enthusiasm for life. My deepest sympathy to the Kum family. Lois (Cain) Fishback class of 1971

  201. Friday night football games will never be the same. He was an icon in Weirton and will be sadly missed.

  202. What a wonderful man, who didn’t know a stranger in his life. God bless you and keep you by his side.

  203. Rain,sleet,snow or sickness could keep jimmy from visiting with everyone he met in his many travels..no one was a stranger..Jimmy- you will be missed

  204. I grew up across the street from Jimmy at my grandmothers. When I would come home for a visit. I would always see Jimmy somewhere around town. He will be missed.

  205. Dear Jimmy, Thank you for ALWAYS being my biggest cheerleader. I think you were at every one of my homes games when I played basketball for Madonna. I remember you’d sit almost on the floor cheering me on. The memories are wonderful and so were you. Always happy, always said I was a “pretty girl””, so that proves you had great taste too. (me and every other girl but whos counting) You were a great part of my life growing up in Weirton. You will never be forgotten. Thanks for your heart of gold & your ever present voice in the crowd! Love you & God Bless you! Monica

  206. What a wonderful tribute to Jimmy with the firetrucks!! Will never forget his wonderful smile, his, pretty girl! He now is greeted in heaven with our beautiful angels! Will miss his presence.

  207. I grew up close to Terrace Hgts. Jimmy was always at every sandlot game played between Terrace Hgts. and WeirtonHgts. Elementary school.Jimmy never remembered my name whenever we would see each other he would greet me by saying Hi, Bud. I will miss that greeting. May he rest in peace. He will be in my prayers .

  208. I will always remember Jimmy…”Pretty Girl””Pretty Girl”, he always had a smile to share…He will be greatly missed…My deepest sympathy…..

  209. Our condolences to Jimmy’s family. What a tribute these posts are to how Jimmy lived his life and profoundly touched everyone he met. -God Bless you Jimmy.

  210. I just drove thru town Friday night and saw Jimmy on the Markey at the Convient on Pa Ave and automatically thought is that the Jimmy Im thinking about? So I took to the internet for the answer I wasnt looking for. Last time I saw Jimmy I was at the Dollor Store and asked him how Weir High was doing and he always had an answer, good or bad. I feel so grateful to be able to say that even though I didnt know Jimmy personally, I knew Jimmy. Gonna miss yeah man Love Phil

  211. When residents look back over the last 50 years, Jimmy was one of the most memorable and loved residents. He had an unbelievable love of WEIR HIGH and all the people he met in Weirton. He will be missed by all of us.

  212. No matter where you traveled in the world. If you met up with someone from Weirton, it is certain that you had at least one thing in common. You both knew Jimmy. Rest in peace my friend. You have touched so many lives.

  213. I’m a member of Weir High’s class of 76. Jimmy thought ALL girls were pretty girls and was always kind enough to say so. I’m saddened to hear of his passing but happy to see that he was so loved. Go Jimmy! Weirton won’t be the same without you.

  214. My condolences to Jimmy’s family. He will be sadly missed! I will always remember him greeting me, “Pretty girl” and his enthusiasm for Weir High. He touched the lives of many, we will never forget him.

  215. Jimmy will always be part of Weirton and all of us who knew him. Just thinking of him brings a smile to my face and wonderful memories of my youth. Thank you Weirton for taking such good care of Jimmy, while many of us moved away. I am proud to say I grew up in a wonderful place. God Bless you Jimmy. GO WEIR HIGH!

  216. Being a Terrace Heights girl, I grew up knowing Jimmy. Always a sweet guy, I would stop and talk to him all the time.. Out of school for 10 years, he was still able to remember I was a Weir High band girl. It will be weird going to Convenient and not seeing him there.. You will be truly missed..

  217. Sad day when I heard that Jimmy had passed. Memories of him at football games and seeing him around town. After being away for yaers you’d visit home and he was still there. You’ll not be forgotten.

  218. I will never forget the last time I saw you.. It was years ago, before I came to TN. I had a slight chance to talk to you that night and I just always wished I didnt take tomorrow for granted. You were sweet like your dad.. We loved your family very much!! You will be missed Jimmy.. But Heaven needed another angel.. but doesnt ease the pain that you are not with us any more.. Love the Duni Family..To the family.. we just heard.. or we would of made the trip home.

  219. There are people who touch lives and there are those who unite communities. Jimmy did both. We are all richer for having known this dear man. Weirton lost a treasure, but gained a million good memories.

  220. Hi Jimmy, its very sad to see you leave this good earth, may your spirit live on forever in the lives and heart of Weirton WV. I moved away about 25 yrs ago, but I can still hear you saying,” Yeah Weir High, Yeah Brooke, Yeah Madonna,” you did not know me, but we all knew YOU. thank you for being part of what I love about my old hometown, may you forever look down on Weirton and smile , knowing that you touched the lives of so many

  221. Jimmy was “man about town” when I was growing up in Weirton. He was always the 1st one there for a game, always happy when we won, and always the 1st one to cheer us up after a loss. There was always the next game when we would get them. It was with pride and pleasure that the Weir High Football Team took Jimmy on the team bus to the WV State Championship Game. We played a good game, but ended on the short end of a 10-7 score. Jimmy made the ride home better and helped lead the cheers when the town turned out at midnight to welcome us home. God has called his biggest cheerleader Home. We are all better for having Jimmy Kum touch our lives. Thank you Jimmy.

  222. Jimmy, You touched the hearts of so many people. Coming “home” will be a different place without you. Your “super fan legacy” will be retold for generations as we share the fond memories you created for so many who passed through the doors of Weir High. You will be missed.

  223. Jimmy, you were always so much fun to talk to and loved your devotion to the local high schools., ” Go Weir High! Beat Brooke !” The following year it would be the other way around. He was funny. I had the pleasure of seeing Jimmy near his home while I was hauling asphalt to pave his street not far from the high school. He stood out next to the paver shouting out to the workers making sure the guys were doing a good job.

  224. You will always be missed the spring weather and football season always remind me of you and your great smile and energy

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