Commitment to community noteworthy

After operating the Warren-based funeral home his family has owned for more than 120 years, Jim McFarland announced recently the time has come for his retirement. But rather than just hanging it up without concern for the future of the funeral home that for generations has served the community well, McFarland was committed to ensuring the business would remain family owned, especially considering more and more funeral homes are becoming corporate owned.

It’s just one more example of the service that Jim McFarland and his family have offered our community through the decades — not just in business, but in life. Community service and volunteerism have been a way of life for both McFarland and his parents before him. Here are just a few of the many services he has given to the community through the years.

McFarland got his start as a Warren Jaycee. He also has served on the Warren-Trumbull County Library board for more than two decades and has been active on the advisory board of Kent State Trumbull University. He has a longtime commitment to historic preservation and for years has been involved with the Trumbull County Historical Society, including helping to move the John Stark Edwards House to the historic district on Monroe Street NW, along with upkeep of Warren’s Kinsman House. He also maintains a passion for the arts and has served previously as president of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County. McFarland also has served as a member of the Community Council at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, and there’s probably much more.

All this community involvement comes from McFarland with no expectation of personal reward — just a commitment to community. That’s why we weren’t surprised to see his hope that the community-based funeral home his family had operated for generations would remain family owned.

We wish McFarland well in his retirement and salute him for his years of service in both business and volunteerism. As the Jaycees’ creed goes, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”

Certainly, Jim McFarland has proven this to be true.