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James Homer, of Oradell, died February 12, 2013 at the age of 86 in Valley Hospital after a short illness.
He was born December 29, 1926, the only child of James and Ruth Weisel. After graduating from Frenchtown High School in 1944 as valedictorian, he attended Princeton University, graduating in 1950 Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Engineering. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, and attended the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, by Congressional appointment from 1946 to 1947, After college, he attended MIT on scholarship, and received a Masters in Civil Engineering. After working several years as a civil engineer, he joined Merrill Lynch and completed a distinguished 31 year career as a Senior Account Executive.
Jim was an independent conservative thinker. He venerated traditional values, such as hard work, frugality, and unflinching honesty, and eschewed contemporary tendencies toward self-promotion and materialism. After retiring, he reveled in his interests of history, music, classic films, and gaining more knowledge. Blessed with a remarkable, steel-trap memory, he took great pleasure in the documentation and categorization of information. Although living in Oradell since 1957, he continued to have great love for the rural regions of the state, and regularly visited his second home in Rosemont, NJ. For those who knew him there will never be another quite like him.
He is survived by his steadfast wife of 58 years, Jean, his children, Gary and his wife Heather, of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; Thomas and his wife Susan, of Stormville, NY and Karen Futch and her husband, Robert, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; as well as seven grandchildren, Nora, Sophia, Christopher, Allyson, Matthew, Madeline, and Thomas.
His children acclaim both their eternal debt, as well as their proud continuity with his honorable legacy.
In keeping with his wishes, a private family memorial will be held in Rosemont, N.J. where his ashes will be laid to rest next to his cherished parents. Donations may be made in his name to the Holcombe Jimison Farmstead Museum, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway Lambertville, NJ 08530 or the
Published in The Record/Herald News on Feb. 19, 2013