James McMichael

RIVERDALE — Services were held for James George McMichael, 85, of this community, who died on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Born in Totowa, Mr. McMichael lived there before moving to Riverdale. He was an inspector for Public Service Electric & Gas, Clifton, for more than 40 years before retiring. Also, he was a longtime member of St. Mary's Parish, Pompton Lakes, where he served as an usher. He was a member of the St. Mary's Home/School Association and the DePaul Fathers Club. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Chosin Few, George P. Siek Tri-Boro Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8096 in Butler, where he was a past All State "White Hat" Commander, and Lakeland Marine Corps League Detachment 744. He was a special police officer for the Borough of Riverdale in the early 1950s. Also, he was a member of the Riverdale Borough Council in the 1970s. He was Little League coach in Riverdale for many years. And, he was the grand marshal of the Riverdale Borough Memorial Day Parade in 2007.

Services were Saturday at St. Mary's Parish, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. Arrangements were by the Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Development Office, 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, NY 10562; or to the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation, 6 Preston Drive, Branchburg, NJ 08876.

Mr. McMichael is survived by his wife, the former Jean Campbell; his children, Elaine Stallard of Durham, N.C., Kathleen Callan of Point Pleasant, James McMichael of Pompton Plains, Patricia Remmert of Green Pond, Sheila Morris of New Kent, Va., and Sharon Wendler of Mountain Lakes; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Sophia; and his sister, Elaine.

Published in Suburban Trends on Mar. 1, 2013