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Condolence From: Jim and Lisa Scatigna
Condolence: Jim was the first Knight I met when I moved back here from Illinois and joined St Monicas council. He was an incredible happy man and his love for the Knights and also the church was so contagious. When Jim had your hand and started interacting with you, there was no getting loose....he had you and you did not mind! His intense concern and care for the babies and moms in our community was huge. God bless him and his family..he will truly be missed.
Friday May 05, 2017
Condolence From: Carl Roselle
Condolence: Uncle Jim was a very special man. He was actually my second cousin but all my life I knew him as my favorite Uncle. He was president of the board of education and handed me my diploma at graduation. One year, the board was looking for ways to balance the budget and despite being a notorious Giants/Football fan, he suggested that one of the budget cuts be the filming of football games. When the team found out, we decided to go and state our case at the next board meeting. A few of us wrote a detailed statement that reflected reasons why this would be a bad decision and I was elected to present it. The entire time I was addressing the board, Uncle Jim sat there with a big smile on his face. To this day I believe he suggested the cut(the films were not cut) just to see how we would react, and what types of young men we became, standing up for what we believed in. I will miss his emails and jokes, and I know he is still smiling, and reunited with Aunt Pat and Sister Dot. If the world had more Uncle Jim's, we would all be in a better place.
Friday May 05, 2017
Condolence From: CHRIS MORPETH
Condolence: Nora, Chris, Jay and family, My condolences to you. I'm very sorry for the loss of your Jim.

My heart was heavy upon hearing the news of Jim's passing. Jim worked with me and my company for many years. Jim was a very dear friend and an important mentor to me. He was a great spirited man. Always greeting you with a handshake and a smile. A comrade in the business field, Jim would always choose to pursue the brass ring with great persistence. And once accomplished, he would celebrate with you showing real excitement and great vigor. Jim was full of youth and never looked his real age. After you met him, his sprite way took years away, leaving you to believe he was 10 years younger than he really was. Jim was dedicated to good and ethical way of life. He meant what he said and wasn’t afraid to be honest no matter the topic but knew how to do it respectfully. A loving and caring family man, he always talked about his dear wife Nora and three children. He would constantly keep me up to date on what his family was doing. Over the years that I’ve worked and known Jim, we had spent a lot of time together and Jim was a great storyteller of his life experiences. I feel very lucky to have shared and help create some of those stories with Jim. I will miss you my friend. Rest Peacefully.
Friday April 28, 2017
Condolence From: Laura Ottmer-Berger
Condolence: Dear Nora, Chris, Jay and family, I'm very sorry for the loss of your dad! I'll remember him fondly. He was sweet, funny, and the best darn martini maker! Rest in peace Jim!
Sunday April 23, 2017
Condolence From: Joanne & Jack Guarnieri
Condolence: Jim and Nora were both so kind and giving. They had a way about them to make everyone feel special. Jim missed Nora terribly every moment of every day. If losing Jim means that Nora gains him, then the thought of that should help us to feel a bit better.

Joanne and I and our family all join in thanking the Mastrian Family for sharing Jim and Nora with us. Jim was truly a wonderful presence who always had time, a smile and a kind word for everyone.

Jim served so many efforts as a Knight of Columbus and parishioner at St. Monica's. Jim had a kind heart and always a hug for me. It will take the efforts of a whole Council of Knights to do most of the work that Jim did. When I hear his GK part of the First Degree, I will always hear Jim's voice.

One of Jim's efforts was to promote the use and Prayer of a Ring Rosary. Jim proudly presented a Ring Rosary to each new First Degree Knight. It would be a wonderful ongoing tribute to Jim if we all carried a Ring Rosary and Prayed it daily in his memory.

May God Bless you Jim and continue to bless Nora and your family. We should all celebrate your lives as we were lucky to have you for the time we did.

Rest in God's Peace
Saturday April 22, 2017
Condolence From: Peter M Finnegan and Sabina
Condolence: Sabina and I are so sorry for your loss. We always would search each other out at church.
At the Knights of Columbus he always was a friend first and a Knight who would go the extra distance to help others. Prayers for his family. We will miss him.
Friday April 21, 2017
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Friday April 21, 2017
Condolence From: Chester & Louise Borroughs
Condolence: Jim was a very special person in our lives. When we moved to Jackson 10 years ago and looking for a place of worship we came across St. Monica's . Although it was smaller than the ones we attended in the past there was something special and we found him as we entered the door. We didn't know what to expect but immediately Jim welcomed us as if we were long time friends and we felt at home. Of course , I was introduced to the Knight of Columbus and although I didn't know what it was at the time i trusted that he would not lead me the wrong way. I never regret that move. He would always greet my family with a smile , sit next us at functions and was always welcoming. Jim, I am sad to see you go but I know that you are in a better place . Rest in peace Brother . Miss you.
Friday April 21, 2017
Condolence From: The Werthmuller Family
Condolence: While KofC Council 11529 is full of tremendous brothers, there are a few that standout as stalwarts. When I think of council 11529, Jim is one of the first men that comes to mind. He was always at the back of church after Mass shaking hands and saying hello to everybody. Jim's face always lit up when he saw my boys. He knew them since they were toddlers. You will be missed Jim. Say hi to Santo and Cousin Vinny!
Friday April 21, 2017
Condolence From: John and Margaret Bonello
Condolence: My first memory of Jim was meeting him at my a council meeting with the Knights of Columbus. I was new to the area and didn't know many people. I went to the meeting to transfer my membership to the St Monica's KoC council. Jim sat down next to me and introduced himself. He made me feel welcomed. He introduced me to everybody and made me feel at home.

I would see Jim most weekends at church. I will always remember the smile on his face that just made you smile back. I was hoping to get to see Jim on Easter when I came back to New Jersey. I thought maybe he went to the Vigil mass and thought that I will see him the next time I am at St Monica's. It is sad to think that a part of the warmth that I feel from the St Monica's community will be gone.

Jim, on behalf of myself, my wife Margaret and my Daughter Grace, Rest in Peace knowing that you will always be a part of our lives.
Friday April 21, 2017
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