James George, 85, of 21 Oak Street, Riverdale, died peacefully on February 25, 2013 at Villa Marie Claire surrounded by his family after several months of declining health. He was born on December 19, 1927 in Totowa, NJ and was the son of the late William and Sophia (DeGraw) McMichael. He was predeceased by his sister Elaine, who died in childhood.
After the death of his mother and illness of his father, Mr. McMichael resided at the St. Joseph's Home for Children in Totowa under the care of the Sisters of Charity. He subsequently was reunited with his father and was graduated from St. John's Cathedral High School in Paterson. He was a retired inspector for Public Service Electric & Gas in Clifton with over 40 years of service.
He was a long-time member of St. Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes and for many decades served as an usher at 7:30 AM Mass. He was a member of St. Mary's Home/School Association and DePaul Fathers Club.
Mr. McMichael was a combat veteran of the Korean War serving with the 1st Marine Division in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He was a member of the Chosin Few, the veterans' organization of survivors of this battle. He was a member of the George P. Siek Tri-Boro VFW Post 8096 in Butler and was past All State "White Hat" Commander. He was a member of the Lakeland Marine Corp League Detachment 744.
Mr. McMichael served the Borough of Riverdale as a Special Police Officer in the early 1950s and Council Member in the 1970s. In 2007, he was the Grand Marshall of the Riverdale Borough Memorial Day Parade. He also spent many years coaching Little League Baseball in town.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean (Campbell) McMichael; daughter Elaine (Patrick) Stallard of Durham, NC; daughter Kathleen (Robert) Callan of Point Pleasant, NJ; son James (Diane) McMichael of Pompton Plains, NJ; daughter Patricia (Timothy) Remmert of Green Pond, NJ; daughter Sheila (Michael) Morris of New Kent, VA, and daughter Sharon (Bradley) Wendler of Mountain Lakes, NJ.
Mr. McMichael has 18 grandchildren: Orion (Amy) Stallard of Charlotte, NC; Lori Adams and Randa Stallard of Durham, NC; Robert Callan of San Jose, CA; Casey Callan of New York City; James (Leigh) McMichael of Wayne, NJ; Kerry and Kevin McMichael of Pompton Plains, NJ; Cara, Joseph and Timothy Remmert of Green Pond, NJ, Andrew and Clare Morris of New Kent, VA; Matthew, Patrick and Jeffrey Wendler of Mountain Lakes, NJ. He also has three great-grandchildren: Aubrey and Adam Stallard of Charlotte, NC and Isaiah Morton of Durham, NC.
Visitation will be held at Richards Funeral Home in Riverdale on Friday March 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday March 2 at 9 AM at St. Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes. Internment is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Hope for support of their ministry and retired sisters (Development Office, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562) or the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation, Inc. for pediatric brain cancer research (6 Preston Drive, Branchburg, NJ 08876). richardsfuneralhome.com
Published in The Record on Feb. 27, 2013