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Mr. James J. "Jim" Orefice Sr., 76, of Vineland passed away on Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2011, in the South Jersey Healthcare HospiceCare Inpatient Care Center, Bridgeton, after an extended illness. Jim was born in Philadelphia and raised in Vineland, where he remained a lifelong city resident. He was the son of the late Esther (McArthur) and John J. Orefice.

Jim began his working career at an early age -- working on his parents' poultry farm and egg route. He later began working as a machine operator at the Owens-Illinois Kimble Glass Co. in Vineland. After retiring from Kimble Glass, Jim found great joy in working for Quest Diagnostics traveling the roadways of South Jersey as a courier. Jim loved fishing, reading and his Philadelphia sport teams. He also had a great fondness for ice hockey, and was instrumental in bringing the early hockey leagues to Vineland. Jim also enjoyed his morning breakfasts with his cousin Vince and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Maddalena (Squecco); daughter, Doreen and her husband Philippe Aubry; son, James J. Orefice Jr.; stepson, Massimo Palomba; daughter-in-law, Elaine Orefice; three grandchildren, Nicholas Aubry, Jason and Brandon Orefice; sister, Joanne and husband Richard Parenti; nephew, Dante B. Parenti; niece, Karen P. Gunnison; great-niece, Kristin Gunnison; great-nephews, Kyle Gunnison, Andrew and Matthew Parenti; and many cousins.

Relatives and friends will be received from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Pancoast Funeral Home, 676 S. Main Road, Vineland, where a prayer service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SJH Hospice Care, P.O. Box 160, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. To email condolences and/or tributes, please visit

Published in The Daily Journal from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12, 2011
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