SOUTH RIVER - JAMES JOSEPH CORRIGAN JR. laid his body aside and transitioned into his new life quietly at home on Sunday, November 15, 2020, after a long struggle with COPD.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, to James Sr. and Edna Eckrote Corrigan, Jim graduated the Class of 1958 from Coughlin High School and has resided in South River since 1965.
Prior to his retirement in 2002, he was employed at Ford Motor Company, Edison Plant, for 37 years as a shipping/receiving clerk. He was a member of the UAW and served in the 109th National Guard.
Jim was a Webelos leader in Pack 4, South River and Scoutmaster with Troop 4 for many years. He loved camping with his scouts, teaching them life skills and participating in competitions where Troop 4 came in first place often, including the prestigious Snuffy Hollow. Yearly summer camps also left him with fond memories.
He was an avid fisherman - fresh water on his boat as well as ice fishing. He took great pride in his Dahlia gardens and exotic hanging baskets and he loved nature, pastimes he nurtured in his kids. He was a quietly determined researcher of his ancestry, as well as for other family members and friends....all the time listening to his favorite Doo Wop music of the '50s. His all-time #1 favorite was "In The still Of The Night" by Freddie Paris and the 5 Satins. He had a deep passion for rescuing animals and lived with multiple pets, a shared experience with his dear wife of 56 years, Lenore (Lee) Gozick Corrigan.
Surviving are his loving wife, Lenore (neé Gozick), his cherished children, Sharon Lee and son-in-law John Gattuso; sons, James Anthony and Steven Anthony; brother David and sister-in-law Jane Corrigan; brother-in-law Peter and sister-in-law Louise Gozick; numerous nephews and one niece and their families. He also left his sweet 18 year old cat, Scoochie, who loved him unconditionally, and her sister, Birdy.
Jim left these words for us:
"WHEN YOU SPEAK OF ME, SPEAK NOT WITH TEARS, FOR THOUGHTS OF ME SHOULD NOT BE SAD. LET MEMORIES OF THE TIME WE SHARED GIVE YOU COMFORT, FOR MY LIFE WAS RICH BECAUSE OF YOU".
A private celebration of his life will be held. In his memory be kind and loving to all you encounter on this path we all share. Take time to smell the flowers, live in the moment. To leave a message of condolence, please see the "Tributes" page.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, all of whom were so kind to him at the end of his journey, especially his nurse, Onyi. Kindred Hospice, 242 Old New Brunswick Road, Suite 140, Piscataway, NJ 08854.
Dear Lenore and Family, we were so very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. We know how much you loved and cared about him, and you took such wonderful care of him when he needed you most. We are praying for you to give you the strength and courage to carry on through such a difficult time in your life. Be strong and we love you always.
Lenore, I was sorry to learn of Jim's passing.As you know we classmates from first grade through our senior year and we had stayed in touch all these years through Christmas cards.I am thankful for that. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.Jim was a good man and had a good life with you.May he now Rest In Peace. Bur
I Am So Sorry To Hear Of Jims Passing. Jim And My Husband Worked Together For Over 37 Years At Ford Motor Company. They Are Both At Peace Now. May You Rest In Peace Jim And God Bless His Family.
Born on April 26, 1940, our Dad was the quiet comedian and had a wacky sense of humor. Give him a napkin, and he would turn it into a bra. The Christmas of 1983 was the year of the Cabbage Patch Doll, and for some reason, our Mom wanted one. Of course, they were nowhere to be found. But that did not stop Dad — he made one for her out of an actual head of cabbage! Thank you, Dad, for keeping us laughing. We appreciate all you’ve done for us, and we love you very much.
Peace, Joy, and Love...
Sharon & John, Jimmy, and Steven
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
I must tell a story that will forever be imbedded in my mind. I went with my Uncle Al and Sharon’s dad Jim on an ice fishing trip. My uncle and Jim set up all the fishing gear. Drilling holes in the ice, setting up the fishing lines and bait. As we were all getting settled and as we were waiting for the fish to bite, I decided to put on my ice skates and have some fun by staking around the ice.
As my uncle was sipping his brandy and as Jim was looking on, I was not paying attention as my foot and leg fell though one of the holes in the ice. I think my uncle spit out his brandy and Jim’s eyes opened really wide. I think Jim, in his mind was saying “holly molly” how is my Uncle Al going to react to this???
I was instructed by my uncle to go into the car and sit there. At that point, my uncle and Jim packed everything up and that was the end of the ice fishing trip.
Jim walked back to his car shaking his head. Jim was a peaceful quiet man, and I will never forget him and his kind persona.
Rest in peace!
Jim was a great person. We will miss him a lot. Kind and caring to everyone. Lot of good memories to hold on to in our family. Love you Jim, Louise & Peter
We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He fought a long hard battle and now he can finally Rest In Peace. Our sincere condolences to Lee, Sharon and John and the Corrigan family. Pat and Kathy Doherty
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