“Jim”… James Raymond Mann appeared on this earth on September 15, 1946. The first born of Abraham Raymond Jr. and Helen Virginia Benner. Followed shortly thereafter by brother Robert Alan Mann, sister Susan Rae Mann Kuczera and brother Timothy Peter Mann. “Jim” is immediately survived by his incredibly faithful wife, Joyce Susan Mundis Mann of 53 years. Jim Leaves behind three sons: Jason Gabrial Mann with wife Tina Marie, Joshua Ivan Mann with Julia Ganong and James Abraham Mann. Grandchildren consist of Christopher James Mann, Ashley Elaine Mann, Elijah Joseph Mann, Alona Mae Mann and Jayvean Joseph Anderson.
Jim apprenticed under Edward H. Leman in the late 60’s through early seventies, freelanced until 1976, until he landed a job with The Planning Office at the University of Pennsylvania, as an architectural illustrator; a job he cherished and grew well beyond it’s original parameters, until retirement in 2015.
Jim worked mainly in watercolor as an illustrator. His work can be found with the National Park Service, various national magazines, on book covers, calendars, on walls across North America and in the bowels of academic architectural archives. He lived blissfully on a small farm with most of his children, raising at various times: steers, pigs, goats, alpaca, numerous chickens, cats, dogs, forage and assorted wildlife… and plowed the fields on his beloved, Oliver 550. Jim and Joyce drove all over the United States and Canada visiting lighthouses, train yards and all manner of far-flung and historic venues that tickled their fancy in “Old Blue”. Jim bucked every establishment he came upon with various degrees of success. If Jim wasn’t growling about something, he was damn happy.
Jim’s next move is back to the University of Pennsylvania where he expects to be parted out into the waiting arms of future doctors and surgeons. If anyone feels the need to purchase flowers or provide anything of value to the bereaved… give your money to Meals on Wheels or someone who really needs it. Peace. Out.