James Edward Rice

Jul 29 1946
Jul 17 2022
75 Years
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

James Edward Rice, 75, of Coatesville, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at the Pocopson Home, West Chester, PA. He was the beloved husband of Katherine A. Franciscus Rice with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late James Thomas Rice and Anne Cunningham Rice. 

Jim was an area resident all his life and a 1965 graduate of the former Scott High School in Coatesville. He was employed by the West End Fire Company in Coatesville as a firefighter and a paramedic and in addition, he was retired from Vietri Electric.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by two children; Roderick D. Rice and wife Brenda of East Earl, PA and Brandi Lee Rice of Parkesburg, one grandson Vincent A. Rice of East Earl and two sisters; Barbara Kauffman of Wagontown, PA and Jeannie Meacham of Coatesville. PA.

Funeral and burial services will be private. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg.  Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com


Jim and I were school mates in the vocational system at Scott. We were also fire fighters together at the Brandies. He was a great guy with a heart of gold. To his family I'm sorry for loss. May Jim rest in peace and heaven gained a great fireman! 

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So very sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a great dad. Always taking care of his little girl. I will always remember growing up and looking forward to see his Christmas displays. As I married and had kids of my own, I would take them around the house when they were younger to see the lights.  My deepest sympathies to you and the family . 


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Jimmy was a great guy who would do anything for you. He taught me so much as a JR. Firefighter at the West End. We had so much fun back then. I’m so sorry for your loss. My father Joe sends his condolences as well. They fought a lot of fire together back in the day. 



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Jim and I went to school together saw him at fire house all time when I was working as a Coatesville Police officer.  He was one heck of a guy and the house I had on Madison street he did the electric work.  He did amaze me with all the things he could do.

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