Earl "Jim" Artle
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Earl "Jim" Artle

AGE: 63 • Highlands

Earl "Jim" Artle, age 63, of Highlands died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at home in Highlands. Jim was born in West Union, WV and grew up in Warren, OH he later lived in Hoboken and then settled in Highlands. Jim was a Paramedic for 43 years beginning in Warren and continuing in Hoboken and Highlands. He was a lifetime member of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp. During this time of literally saving lives, he also wanted to share more laughter. As a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Magic Castle Membership in Hollywood, CA where he was also a performer, Jim intrigued thousands with his close up hand workfor over 30 years. He so loved to entertain and fascinate that his sister Debbie recently published his work in "A Fifth of Card Tricks -with coin trick chasers". He was hired to entertain the street crowds surrounding Barnes & Noble in NYC for the new Releases of the Harry Potter Series; Jim performed his magic to delighted young Muggles. In 1984, Jim found his way to Macy's where, as Senior Balloon Technician, he was the proud caretaker of a great American Tradition- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He worked the Parade for 33 years and started each by announcing his signature line through his bullhorn, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a Balloon". He is one of the original "Balloonatics" to be taught by Goodyear Engineers. He retired in 2013. Jim truly lived life with love, dedication, passion, joy, and constant laughter; always sharing his knowledge with everyone. Jim's love of life will carry on with those he mentored and befriended.

He is the son of the late Joseph James and the late Dorotha Lee (Robison) Artle. Jim leaves behind his great love, Sandy Rafferty; daughters, Casey Artle-Christiernsson (Michael) and Kaitlin Faler; brothers, Sam and Joe Artle; sisters, Lana Artle, Debbie Wilson (Michael) and Bev Reyes (Joe); grandchildren, Sarah and Caleb; and nieces and nephews, and .

The Visitations will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 4-7 PM at the John P. Condon Funeral Home in Leonardo with the Funeral Services following at 7 also at the Funeral Home. Cremation Services will be Private. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Joan Dancy and PALS, P.O. Box 8157, Red Bank NJ 07701. The organization is a local support group helping individuals with ALS and tirelessly assisted Jim throughout his illness; or please support your local Volunteer Ambulance Corp.




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Published in Asbury Park Press on Sep. 19, 2014.
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September 14, 2020
jimmy was very talented and kind I remember one parade when we were setting up and the boom came down on one of the floats and I got hit ,the next thing I knew Jimmy was there with his DR kit and asking me how many fingers was he holding up. He also told me that If he had to he would get my husband home to nj if he had to drive the tractor thru the tunnel. He was one of a kind a Gentle Man and I will always Love him for teaching me how to do things.
faith tkach
Friend
September 27, 2014
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I have memories of him at KSU Trumbull Campus theatre.
Cheryle
September 23, 2014
I had the honor of working for Jimmy for 23 parades.My memory of him will always be inadervately there was always one balloon that would have a net snagged on it on parade morning. And there was Jimmy scurrying up to the top of a 35 foot a frame ladder to untangle the net for launch. My heart and everyone elses was in their throat while he was up there swinging in the breeze. Now that you are in GODS hands you won't need the A-Frame anymore.Rest well my friend rest well
John Tkach
September 20, 2014
Thinking of all those that loved Jim on this most important day. I am so sorry for your road this last year and the huge loss his passing will have on all of you. May God comfort you today and always knowing Jim is in His perfect hands now. Love you Lana!
Maria Attard
September 20, 2014
Lana I am sorry to hear about your loss. I remember playing his drums. And him packing his parachute. Or just talking. May you be blessed during this time. Thanks for the memories.
miriam gilbert hibler
September 20, 2014
RIP Jim. You were truly a gentle man who will be missed. Condolences to his family.
Darryl & Olympia Harris
September 20, 2014
I will never forget his never ending smile. It was a pleasure to know you Jim. May you keep the angels memorized with your tricks.
Michael Lisa
September 20, 2014
I worked with Jim many years ago as a EMT, hard to find a nicer person. RIP.
Gabe Piomelli
September 19, 2014
Jimmy,
You are a 'Guardian Angel' now, as you look down from heaven watch over Sandy.
RIP -
Maria Wiecek
September 19, 2014
Jim you will always be my hero. I remember you at the very first training for the vehicle teams and you have always been a wealth of information. I know the balloons will always be flying high but today they are very sadly deflated in your honor. Will always remember you and what you have done for the world, making all of us smile.
You will always have a special place of honor on my vehicle in the parade
Your Numero Uno Vehicle Driver, dee
dee smith
September 19, 2014
You were always such a nice person. Rest in peace Jim.
September 19, 2014
Jim you were my friend, and a great one.. RIP buddy
Butch Kershner
September 19, 2014
One of my fondest memories was seeing the ambulance pull up in the driveway and knowing that I was going to be mesmerized by the card tricks, as I was a young kid. I will always remember those tricks and how happy he was to see the excited look on my face. Although he was taken too early, I'm glad that the pain is no longer there and he is at peace. Do a few tricks with my dad. Rest in peace uncle Jim.
Amy Artle-Cuhran
September 19, 2014
Jimmy, I will never forget how very happy you made my father with your magic. It was the best birthday EVER. Now I hope you are entertaining angels with your fabulous wit and slight of hand. You are so missed.
Kathi KD Kovacic
September 19, 2014
It was fun knowing you and working with you. Those were the days. R. I. P. my friend.
W. V. F. A. S.
Linda Antenucci
September 19, 2014
One of my favorite times of the year was when Jim would launch the balloon I was either handling or, later, piloting in the parade. I will always associate him with the excitement and pure joy of the moment when my balloon launched in the parade. Thank you for the memories, Jim!
Ken Drake
September 19, 2014
My favorite memory of Jim is his arriving in Herald Square, balloon in tow, wearing the lapel wings of one of the members of the production studio who had died during the year of AIDS. We hugged and he pointed to the wings and said. "I told him he'd be here and we made it!" You made it, too, Jim - for many of us and those that welcomed you home. With deep sympathy to Jim's family and gratitude for the life he shared with us all! Peace, Ray
Ray Bagnuolo
September 18, 2014
I just got to smile when I think of Jimmy! Comforting thoughts for his family and friends.
Sandy DiCesare
September 18, 2014
Bye Jimmy we'll miss you
Brian McCormack
September 18, 2014
Sam & Joe and Jim's family. I've known Jim since high school and went to paramedic school at Brentwood Hospital with him, we rode together most of the time and he kept me in stitches all the time. I am sure he will be missed by many, many people. Without a doubt heaven is now a better place for having him there. God bless you Jim
September 18, 2014
I will never forget the first time Jimmy and I interacted. It was one of my first years as a balloon handler for the Macy's Holiday Parade in Orlando, FL. I was sitting with friends before the parade, and I was joking around, acting like I was doing a strip dance while I took my jumpsuit off. Unbeknownst to me, Jimmy had walked up behind me as he was checking the valves on Chloe the Clown, and standing right behind me, Jimmy said "Oh, don't you tease an old man like that..." Everyone nearby started laughing, and I got my first taste of Jimmy's wonderful sense of humor. From that day on, and for years to come, Jimmy's visits during the holiday season were a highlight for me. Memories of sitting around a table at the Ale House after the parade watching Jimmy perform his magic will always warm my heart and bring a smile to my face. He will be missed.
Gregory Klatt
September 18, 2014
I was blessed to be your friend for over 30 yrs. You taught me so much about life and laughter. I will be forever grateful. Love you..
Maureen Gregory
September 18, 2014
Maureen Gregory
September 18, 2014
Rest Easy Jimmy
September 18, 2014
Sending love & sympathy to all of you.....????
Karen Furlong
September 18, 2014
TODAY IS A SAD DAY FOR ALL OF US WHO LOVE MACY'S PARADE IN FACING THE LOSS OF ITS WONDERFUL MAGIC MAN, JIM ARTLE, THE MASTER BALLOON EXPERT.
JIMMY ARTLE WAS A JOYFUL, IMPRESSIVE PART OF MACYS PARADE HISTORY AND SUCCESS FOR THE PAST 35+years. HE ENRICHED ALL OF US (FAMILY, FRIENDS, ASSOCIATES, AND MILLIONS OF PARADE AUDIENCES) WITH HIS GENEROUS LOVE AND ENERGETIC SPIRIT. JIMMY WAS THE "KING OF THE BALLOON" PROGRAM AND HE TENDED THEM LIKE A LOVING FATHER, WHILE ENRICHING OTHERS WITH HIS DELIGHT, PRIDE, AND SKILLS IN THEM. SNOOPY, UNDERDOG, SPIDER-MAN, ETC, ARE ALL FEELING DEFLATED TODAY WITH JIMMY'S TRAGIC PASSING FROM ALS. LIKE LOU G HIMSELF, WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER GREAT CHAMPION OF LIFE IN LOSING JIMMY TO THIS DREADFUL ILLNESS. BUT JIMMY WAS A "CAN DO" KIND OF GUY AND NOW WE KNOW THAT WITH HIS PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS GONE, HE IS TRAVELING FREE AGAIN. FLY HIGH, JIMMY, IN CLEAR SKIES AND EASY BREEZES. OUR HEARTS AND LOVE ARE WITH YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE "MAGIC MAN." Sincerely, Jean McFaddin, Macy's Parade Producer, 1977-2000
Jean McFaddin
September 18, 2014
Jim will be missed in Orlando. He touched many lives at Universal with his patience and kindness. He will be missed. Tough loss for everyone.
Steve Dodson
September 18, 2014
My dear best friend for nearly fifty years, be at peace. I will miss you so much that there are not words to express it. I'm glad that we were able to laugh together all the way to the end.
Thomas and Valerie Engstrom
September 18, 2014
I first met Jimmy around 1992 when I was working at the Fiesta at the Waterworks in Warren, Ohio as a bartender. This little man asked me to write my name on a playing card. Next thing I knew it was stuck to the ceiling, face up with my name. It was "love at first sight" so to speak. I fell in love with magic and Jimmy was my forever friend. He was kind enough to entertain my family at future Christmas parties while he was home visiting his mother for the holidays. I visited him in Hoboken in 1997, where he took me and my boyfriend to the Macy's Balloon warehouse where all that magic was made. I remember that trip so well, he told us that he'd met a lady named Sandy. He really liked her and thought he'd see where it goes. He was funny, generous and just an all around nice guy. I loved him dearly. I only wish we'd kept in touch more often over the last few years. So sorry for your loss Sandy and the rest of his family.
Jamie McGinnis
September 18, 2014
Although Pam & I never had the pleasure of meeting Jim, we felt we new him just from his sister Lana keeping us informed during his illness. Rest in peace Jim.
September 18, 2014
So sorry for your loss,Prayers to you and your family.
carol smith
September 18, 2014
Jimmy was an inspiration to me as I began my career in EMS. He taught me many things that I still do to this day and try to pass on to the new generation of EMT's. He will always hold a special place in my heart and the heart of every member of Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps that had the honor and privilege of knowing him. Rest easy brother. We will take it from here.
John McDonald
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