R. James Annarella
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AGE: 84 • Jupiter, FL
R. James passed peacefully in his sleep Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his home in Jupiter, Florida. He was 84. R. James was best known to his family and friends as "Jimmy". Born in Little Silver, NJ, he attended Red Bank High School (Red Bank, NJ), St. Vincent Prep School (Latrobe, PA) and was a graduate of St. Vincent College '52 (Latrobe, PA). After college, he married Elizabeth Bialon and began his career in the beer business working for his parents' small distributorship, Shore Point Distributing Company in Little Silver, NJ. In his youth, Jimmy enjoyed raising homing pigeons and sailing. He was an avid golfer with memberships to Bamm Hollow Country Club (Middletown, NJ), Hollywood Golf Club (Deal, NJ), Jonathan's Landing Golf Club (Jupiter, FL), and was a proud Founding member of the Navesink Country Club (Middletown, NJ). For several years, Jimmy raced thoroughbred horses for his own River Edge Stables. He held memberships in the Elks Lodge, the Knights of Columbus, The New Jersey Seniors Association and was an Honorary member of the PGA of America. He was an accomplished aviator and enjoyed many hours of flight aboard his Bonanza. Jimmy was an integral part in growing the family business into one of the largest wholesale beverage distributors in NJ. While at the helm of Shore Point Distributing Company, he served on the Executive Committee of the NJ Beer Wholesalers Association. Jimmy was a devoted Catholic and lifelong member of St. Anthony's of Padua Church in Red Bank, NJ.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Agnes Annarella. He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth Annarella of Middletown; his brother, Vincent Annarella of Locust; his longtime loving companion, Trudi Jensen of Jupiter, FL; his children, Elaine Annarella of Little Silver, Joan Annarella and Timothy Test of Cocoa Beach, FL, James and Kelly Annarella of Skillman, and Michele Annarella and Jeffrey Rinn of Robbinsville. He was deeply loved by his grandchildren, Valerie and Christopher Burke, and Caroline and Brooke Annarella. He had two great-grandchildren, Bryanna and Ashley Schucker. His extended family includes niece, Holly Annarella Boylan Flego, her husband, Ed Flego, their children, Michael and Cassidy Boylan; niece, Sherry Annarella and a nephew, Vincent A. Annarella; an aunt, Jennie Yanarella; a cousin, Douglas Yanarella, his wife Christine Yanarella and their children, Erin and Colleen. Forever in our hearts Jimmy, also known as Sonny, Dad, Pop, Grandpa, Uncle Jim, and the Rock will be missed and loved by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at St. Anthony's of Padua R.C. Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in West Long Branch. Please visit James' memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.
John E Day Funeral Home
85 Riverside Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 31, 2014