James E. "Jim" Gano, Jr.
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AGE: 82 • Washington
James E. "Jim" Gano, Jr., 82, died December 31, 2013. Jim was born and raised in Somerville, and lived most of his life in Bridgewater before moving to Warren County 14 years ago. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa during the Korean War. Jim was employed as a journeyman electrician with IBEW Local 262 for thirty-four years, where he also served asassistant business manager in Somerville, retiring in 1991. He was union president for many years, chairman of the Electrical Workers Scholarship Fund, Member NJ State Electrical Workers Assoc., delegate to State AFL-CIO, and delegate to NJ State Building Trades Council. Jim was a member of the American Legion in Bridgewater, former member of the North Branch Reformed Church, and current member of the Faith Discovery Church in Washington. In his spare time he enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and golf and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan.
He is predeceased by his sisters Naomi Gano and Ruth Bayus. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Gwen Gano (néeHockenbury), son James III and his wife Carol, two daughters: Cindy Weaver and her husband Steve, and Nancy Abbott and her husband Jeff, as well as five grandchildren: Brandon, Colin, Matthew, Jeremy and Jason.
Visitation will be 1 pm - 5 pm Sunday at the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville. Funeral services will be 10:30am Monday at the funeral home, entombment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Gem Vac Veteran's Association 2062 NJ 31, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826 or the
400 Morris Ave. Denville, NJ 07834.
To send condolences to the family visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com
Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home
101 North Gaston Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876
Published in Courier News from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2014