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PHELAN, James James "Jim" Comerford Phelan passed away March 29, 2011 of complications related to lung cancer. Born April 12, 1944 in Chicago, IL Mr. Phelan, a University of Notre Dame alumnus and a resident of Lilburn, GA for the past 40 years. He was a founding member of St John Neumann Catholic Church, and was knighted by Pope John Paul II to the Order of the Holy Sepulcher for service to his extended community. Jim was known and loved by everyone he ever came into contact with. Professionally, Jim founded Surgical Dimensions, a distributor of microsurgical products and instruments that was focused on providing the very best care for patients. Jim was preceded in death by his son Ryan James, parents, Richard and Anne Phelan, of Wilmette, IL; and parents-in-law Betty and Harold Sherrod of Oklahoma City, OK. Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years Judy; their children Timothy, Patrick and Katie; grandsons Devin, Aidan, Alex and Sean; brothers Richard (wife Clare) Phelan of Winnetka, IL Patrick (wife Diane) Phelan of Wilmette, IL brother-in-law Michael Sherrod (wife Peggy) of Marysville, TN, and many nieces and nephews. A "great American," Jim leaves us all with the advice to "Go with God, and brush your teeth." A wake will be held April 14th from 7-9 at Wages Funeral Home in Snellville, GA. A funeral mass will be held Friday April 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn, GA. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Jim's name to Autism Behavior Services (an affliction shared by his grandsons that was near to his heart) -- http://www.autismbehaviorservices.org/home/how_to_donate or call (423)664-0903.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 13, 2011
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