James Francis Lyden
AGE: 88 • formerly of Wall
James Francis Lyden, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the ripe young age of 88. James, who was known to family and friends as Jim or Buddy, was born in Jersey City, the second of six children born to Peter and Anna (nee Emmers) Lyden. His father, Peter Lyden, emigrated from Ireland to the U.S. as a young man who spoke only Gaelic, but eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant in the Jersey City Police Department, an achievement his son was very proud of. Mr. Lyden served as an Aviation Ordnanceman in the U.S. Navy
from 1942-1946, and was stationed in the Pacific during World War II
. A graduate of St. Peter's College, Jersey City, Mr. Lyden married Patricia Burke of Chicago, Illinois in 1953 and settled in Wall, N.J., where they raised five children. Jim was very active in the American Legion Post #346 in Neptune. He served as Post Commander from September 1962 to August 1963, and Adjutant for many years. He was voted by the membership to be an Honorary Life Member, one of only 40 members to receive this distinction. Mr. Lyden retired from the Insurance Company of North America in 1980. Buddy had a special weakness for crossword puzzles, and would do five or six per day.
Some years after the death of Patricia, Buddy married Dorothy ("Dot") Lavender. Following Dot's death in 2001, Mr. Lyden moved to the Atlanta area to be near his daughter, Maureen Halstead. In addition to Maureen and her husband, Gregory, of Woodstock, GA, Mr. Lyden is survived by three other children and their respective spouses, Susan Milona and her husband, Nicholas of Marblehead, MA, James P. Lyden and his wife, Sharon of Wall, and Gregory Lyden and his wife, Catherine Tormey of Belmar, as well as a stepson, the Hon. Dennis Lavender and his wife, Barbara of Sea Girt, and a stepdaughter-in-law, Judy Lavender of Shark River Hills. His daughter, Barbara Gasperini, son-in-law Dr. Kenneth Dawson, and stepson, Michael Lavender, predeceased him. He is also predeceased by his brother, Peter, and sisters, Clare Newell and Kathleen Senecke. He is survived by a brother, Walter of New York, N.Y. and a sister, Imelda Killeen of Manahawkin, as well as 10 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, his birthday, at St. Rose Church in Belmar. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Lyden's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org