After graduating from Lincoln High, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of Corporal and became a jet mechanic for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk jets with the Black Sheep Squadron 214. Upon his discharge from the USMC, he worked for the Philadelphia School District as a carpenter for 30 years.
Sports and the outdoors were lifelong interests that Jim pursued. He followed Philadelphia sports from the Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Flyers and could often be found in his favorite chair watching a game with a Philly pretzel and a Bud. Everyone loved coming to his annual Superbowl parties to taste his goodies as he was a great cook. NASCAR was fast and furious, and he was an avid fan and fan driver with his best friend Brian at Dover Raceway. Jim also enjoyed playing his weekend golf with the guys at Linksturs Golf League until he was unable to play. Vacationing and fishing with son Jimbo, brother Mark and sister-in-law Kimmie in Vero Beach, Florida and riding quads with his daughter Jessica and dear friends across the logging trails in Canadensis, PA were among Jim’s many interests. One of Jim’s favorite stories tells how he taught his nephew, Steven, to drive a stick shift. Apparently, they lost count of how many times the car stalled, and Jim laughed and laughed. All in all, Jim was a quiet man who loved his family and friends and was kind to all he met.
Jim met his wife Ave Marie in fifth grade where their lifelong journey began. He referred to their relationship as “peas and carrots”. Jim is survived by his loving spouse, son Jimbo, daughter Jessica, brothers Charlie, John and Mark, sisters-in-law Kim, Kathy, Linda, brother-in-law Chuck, and nieces Crystal Lynn, Kristina, Brittany, Samantha, nephews Shane, Matthew, Jefferson, Jimmy, Steven, great nieces Amber, Alyssa, great nephews Dominic, Brian, D’ante, Cameron, Acacius, Kaden, Cordae and faithful loving dogs, Petey Parker and Coffee.
His Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11 AM in All Saints' Episcopal Church, Torresdale , 9601 Frankford Avenue, Phila 19114 , where his viewing will begin at 9:30 AM. Committal and burial services, with full military honors will be on Thursday July 16, 2020 at 9:30 AM, precisely, at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Avenue, Newtown, Pa 18940. Please arrive at the cemetery at 9:15 AM.
Please be advised that masks must be worn and strict social distancing will be observed.
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