James W. Pacek, 49, of Derry, passed away January 27, 2020 at his home. He was born on August 11, 1970 in Greensburg, a son of the late James R. and Anne R. (Briscoe) Pacek. He was a 1988 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School. He received his associate’s degrees in both Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. James was always happy when he was standing behind a stove cooking and worked as a Chef at DeNunzio’s Restaurant in Jeannette. James was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish. He enjoyed playing hockey and loved watching the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was great at trivia and would have been an excellent jeopardy contestant. He will be remembered for his larger than life personality, his ability to make you laugh with a good joke, and his quick-witted character. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Janet Marie Caviggia. He is survived by his wife of over 23 years, Alicia M. (Caviggia) Pacek; his three children, Abby, Ally, and Adam Pacek; his sister, Meri Beth Elder (John); his father-in-law, Richard “Tank” Caviggia; his sister-in-laws, Karla Mitchell (Chris), Kelly Klassen (Ryan), and Courtney Caviggia Bridges; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 in the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home Inc., 1500 Ligonier Street Latrobe, PA 15650. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 11AM in the St. Vincent Basilica Parish, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe PA 15650. Everyone please go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to be put into a trust for his children.