STANHOPE - Jimmy "Dinger" LaBell entered into eternal rest with his family by his side, on Aug. 18, 2012. He was a longtime and admired resident of Netcong and had lived in Stanhope for the past 18 years. Jimmy was born Sept. 13, 1958, and was raised in Netcong. He was a graduate of Lenape Valley Regional High School and attended Tarkio College in Missouri. Jimmy was employed by Tilcon NY, in Wharton, as a Teamster Stewart for Local 408/560, where he enjoyed working with his brothers, Joey and Michael. Jimmy was a NJSIAA wrestling official for 22 years. He also coached both football and wrestling for more than two decades. He was an avid sports fan and took great pleasure in watching his daughter and three sons participate in athletics. Jimmy was the president of the Assumption Society in Netcong and a member of St. Michael's Knights of Columbus. He was a dedicated parishioner at St. Michael's R.C. Church in Netcong, where he volunteered for perpetual adoration for more than 15 years. Jimmy LaBell's greatest happiness was his family, especially his beloved wife, Pamela (Bates). Together they would have celebrated 25 years of marriage on Aug. 30. They raised four beautiful children: daughter, Lynsie, and three sons, Jimmy, Andrew and Dominic. To his family, Jimmy instilled a love of family, faith and commitment. Jim was generous, gregarious and "larger than life" to so many people. Jimmy was the son of Theresa (DeFelice) LaBell and the late Donald LaBell of Netcong. He is survived by his sister, Dolores Tardive and her husband, Gabriel, of Netcong; his three brothers, Donald, of Blairstown, Joseph and his wife, Sandy, of Stanhope and Michael and his wife, Susan, of Stanhope. He also is survived by his in-laws, Donald and Jean Bates, of Netcong; his sister-in-law, Angela Goldberg and her husband, Roland, of Farmingdale; and his brother-in-law, Shawn Bates and his wife, Dana, as well as many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visitation services at Leber Lakeside Funeral Home in Landing on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's R.C. Church in Netcong. In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted for his family and for the establishment of the Jim LaBell Athletic Memorial Award. Donations can be sent to 4 Sagamore Road, Stanhope, NJ 07874. For further information and to share a fond memory of Jimmy, please visit www.leberlakeside.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 20, 2012