James D. Platt, 94, of Carolina Shores, and formerly of New Milford, N.J., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Beloved husband of Kathryn (nee) Dann. James was preceded in death by his loving first wife, Marie H. (nee) Spina. He was the devoted father of Joanne Umstead and her late husband, Darryl. James was also preceded in death by his dear sons, William Platt and James D. Platt III. He was the loving grandfather of Douglas Lee Umstead and cherished great-grandfather of Ryan, Samantha, Jesse and Brandon.
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James graduated from Teaneck High School in 1937 and later Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1953. He was scoutmaster for Troop 291 in New Milford (1961-66), a past member of the New Milford Board of Education (1967-70), and a trustee of the New Milford Swim Club (1966-68). He retired from New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. after 35 years as a service manager and district engineer. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America – H.G. McCully Chapter Hackensack/Englewood Council. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #503 in Calabash. James' military service began in the New Jersey National Guard (1939-40), he was a staff sergeant in the 104th Combat Engineer Battalion (1940-42), a lieutenant in the Signal Corps (1942-43), captain in the Corps of Engineers (1943-46), a major in the Signal Corps (Reserve) (1946-65), and Retired Reserve (1965-80).
Family and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Volk Leber Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, New Jersey. Funeral service is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Volk Leber Funeral Home, then to Ascension Roman Catholic Church for a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment to follow at Hackensack Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 are appreciated by the family. Visit James' tribute page at www.volkleber.com.
Volk Leber Funeral Home
789 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, 2014