James Newell

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Newell, James J.
James J. Newell, 90, of Delmar, NY died peacefully in his sleep at Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, NY on November 20, 2013, lovingly attended to by his wife of 63 years, Peggy (Hollweck) Newell. Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 18, 1923, Jim was the son of Michael Newell, Sr., a policeman, and Ellen (Cannon) Newell, both Irish immigrants. Jim graduated from West Catholic High School and earned bachelors degrees in accounting and economics from LaSalle College in Philadelphia, PA, and Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where he joined the United States Marine Corps Special Officers Candidate School (V-12) program. After his commission, Jim served in active duty in the Pacific Theater from 1944-1946, earning the rank of first Lieutenant. Two days after Jim and Peggy's wedding in 1950, he was called on by his country once again, and served during the Korean War as a weapons company commander and an amphibious landing instructor while stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC and Quantico, VA, and participated in a six-month U.S. Sixth Fleet exercise in the Mediterranean. Upon his honorable discharge in 1952, he had attained the rank of Captain in the USMC. Following the war, Jim began a rewarding professional career. A longtime employee of Campbell Soup Company and its subsidiaries, he was head of cash management for Pepperidge Farm in Norwalk, CT, comptroller for Godiva Chocolates in Parsippany, NJ, and early in his career assumed increasingly responsible roles at Campbell plants in Camden, NJ, Chicago, IL and Napoleon, OH. After his retirement from Campbell's, Jim embarked on a second career as a real estate agent for Dolan Realty in Bethel, CT, the town he and Peggy called home for almost 40 years. Jim was an active participant in community life. He coached youth sports, supported parish activities, and was a member of the Elks Club, the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA), the Greater Danbury Area Korean War Veterans Chapter #11, and the Bethel Republican Town Committee, which once named him its Man of the Year. A West Philly kid and ocean lover, Jim reveled in his family's annual vacation trips to the Jersey Shore and taught all his children how to body surf. He loved music (the Mills Brothers, big bands, Hank Williams), sports, reading history and biographies, and a good cigar. A lifelong fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, he made an annual pilgrimage to South Bend each fall for a football game and watched them religiously on TV. Jim cherished his family, but also delighted in his daily interactions with people from all walks of life; at Pepperidge Farm, his customary reply when asked how he was doing-"Solid"- was legendary with his co-workers there and endures with his extended family as well. Along with his wife Peggy, Jim is survived by his brother Michael Newell, Jr. and his sisters Eleanor, Cathy and Ann; his sons Jim and Peter and his daughter Margaret, and his daughters-in-law Gilda (Barrentine) Newell and Valerie Grey, and son-in-law Keith Dimoff; his grandchildren Jimmy Newell, Diana Newell, Michael Newell-Dimoff and Jack Grey Newell, and his great granddaughter Mallary Newell. His sisters Marie and Dottie, brother Joseph, and his son John Michael Newell predeceased Jim. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Jim at 11 am on Monday, November 25 at the Church of Saint Mary, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801. Jim's family will greet well wishers at the church beginning at 10 am to celebrate his life. Internment at St. Mary Cemetery, Turkey Plain Road, Bethel, CT, will take place immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Jim may be made to St. Joseph Villa, PO Box 36, Flourtown, PA, 19031.

Published in News Times on Nov. 24, 2013
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