James W. East
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Berlin-James "Jim" W. East passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 16, 1942, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Donald East and Margaret Flood East Vrazsity. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis East, in 2012. He leaves behind his significant other, Bonnie McAllister; his children; Theresa (Phillip) Marlowe, Kathleen East, Denise East, James "Jay" East, Daniel Kerstetter, James (Nicole) Blanc; and his grandchildren, Lou Davis, Bryant (Taylor Jones) East, Michael John Shockley, Dylan Shockley, Chelsea Willey, and Tyler Blanc. Also surviving is his sister, Mary (Allen) Gingell; niece, Cara Gingell, and nephew, Joe Gingell; and numerous nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren of his heart. He was also awaiting the arrival of the next generation due in July, James Camden East.
Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1966. He later worked for Eastman Kodak in New York for 20 years. After moving to the Ocean City area, Jim worked as a maintenance/construction supervisor, and most recently, for Habitat for Humanity in Salisbury. He was a member of the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Post 123, the Berlin-Ocean City Loyal Order of the Moose, where he served as sergeant-at-arms, administrator and governor. He was a member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department and the Warsaw Volunteer Fire Department. He attended Faith Community Church in Salisbury. He was an avid sportsman, loved to fish, play softball, golf, and fish some more. At the Junior Olympics Jim won the gold medal for gymnastics, the Y Boy Medal for the rings, and a Bronze Medal for the trampoline.
A celebration of his life will be held Monday, June 30, at the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion in Berlin from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21804 or www.coastalhospice.org. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.
Burbage Funeral Home - Berlin
108 William Street Berlin, MD 21811
Published in The Daily Times on June 29, 2014