PARRYVILLE, Pa. - James J. Ransnorth, 79, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 13, 2014. James will be remembered as a gentle and loving family man who genuinely cared about people. Son of the late Peter and Bertha (Jackson) Ransnorth, James was born in Sayre, Pa. He later relocated to Newton, before moving to Mt. Bethel, Pa., where he lived for 27 years, eventually settling in Parryville, Pa., in 2011. A 1953 graduate of Newton High School, he served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Borie during the Korean War. Upon completion of the State Police Academy in Sea Girt, Jim joined the Newton Police Department, where he proudly served his town for 25 years. He was highly respected and regarded in the police department, where he acquired the nickname "Sergeant Sunshine," and became Newton's first ever police lieutenant. He loved serving the people of Newton. Active in his town, Jim belonged to the Harmony Lodge 8 F&AM Masonic Lodge, the Local PBA, and the Blue Knights Chapter 9, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Newton. He also was proud of the lectures he gave to local youths about drug awareness. An avid fisherman, Jim loved going out on the Delaware fishing for shad and deep sea fishing at the Jersey Shore. He also had a passion for deer hunting and spent many winters in his tree stand, regardless of the weather conditions. Later in life, he enjoyed taking his family to Wildwood Crest every summer for a two-week vacation of fun and sun on the beach. James is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Nancy Lee (Pumleye) Ransnorth, of Parryville, Pa.; daughters, Debra Lee Blais, of Brick, and Donna Lynn Mark, also of Parryville; son-in-law, Michael Grant; and his beloved grandson, Christian R. Mark. He also is the proud great-grandfather of Kaen N. Williams. Funeral services for Jim will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206), Newton. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 17. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 149 Madison Ave., Suite 901, New York, NY 10016. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 16, 2014