Wasserman, James Joyce, 81, of Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away suddenly at his home August 1. He was born in Montclair, NJ in 1932. He earned his undergraduate degree at Colgate University and his master's degree at Tulane. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Colgate remained extremely important to him. He stayed friendly with his Sigma Chi brothers attending most reunions, including his 60th in May. Jimmy established an ongoing educational scholarship endowment at Colgate. Over the years he hosted school functions at his home and club. Colgate banners, pictures, mugs and t-shirts filled his home. His two license plates proclaimed "COLGATE " and "GOGATE". Jimmy worked in finance in New Orleans, Houston, and for the past forty years in Fort Lauderdale. He was Vice President/Investements of Janney Montgomery Scott. A member of the Lauderdale Yacht Club since 1986, Jimmy loved racing his Mercury sailboat, the "Red Raider." Competing in a Fort Lauderdale Triathlon, he finished first in his age group. His two springer spaniels, Lucy and Sally, brought him tremendous joy. Neighbors enjoyed seeing him walking with his girls. Jimmy loved his life, affirming that he wanted to make it to 100. The family, especially his brother Tom, is heartbroken this wasn't to be. Jimmy was proud of his football days at Shaker Heights HS in Ohio. He and his brothers spent many summers sailing their boat RIJITO (named after them) at Normandy Beach on the Jersey Shore. They relished their summer cottage, lifeguarding and boyhood summer romances. Jimmy, Tom and their father were all Colgate men. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Kathleen Wasserman, and his brother Richard Wasserman. Surviving are his brother, Thomas Wasserman (Kristine) of Ocean Ridge, FL; nephews Craig Wasserman (Sherry), Scott Wasserman (Leslie), and Christopher Wasserman of Myrtle Beach, and Eric Wasserman (Catherine) of Berkeley, California. A private family Catholic service will honor Jimmy. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. If you wish to make a donation, please consider Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.
Published in Sun-Sentinel from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014