Thomas James Ferrell 1939 - 2020 Prominent artist and sculptor/engraver Jim Ferrell died peacefully in his sleep on May 27, 2020. Jim's artistic talent emerged early in life when he won the Hallmark Honors Prize while still a high school student in Clayton NJ. His outstanding athletic performances as both baseball pitcher and football quarterback for the NJ All State Teams won him a scholarship to Duke University which he turned down in favor of one to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts where he concentrated his studies in painting and printmaking. During his time at the Academy he won the coveted Cresson European Traveling Scholarship and numerous other prizes. He also studied at the Barnes Foundation. After graduating he became a designer/sculptor at the Franklin Mint where he created world currencies including the Balboa gold and platinum coins of Panama, the Philippines and Egypt in addition to countless medals, collectible coins and objects. Chief sculptor for the United States Mint was so impressed with his work that he asked Jim to join the Philadelphia Mint. Jim was well known for his expertise in both design and sculpture and at the United States Mint he created more than 30 coins still in circulation in addition to special memorials and commemorative medals. He also created and sculpted the Congressional Gold Medals honoring Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Ruth and Billy Graham, Pope John Paul ll and Jesse Owens. During his working career and long after his retirement, Jim continued to paint and exhibit in Philadelphia and Palm Beach. His works are also in many private collections. In addition to his professional achievements, Jim was known for his wonderful sense of humor frequently evidenced in the brilliant cartoons he drew. Jim is predeceased by his son Thomas Ferrell and survived by his daughter Janice Ferrell, his sister Jeanne Jablonski and his brother Jack Ferrell. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at a later date.
Published by The Palm Beach Post from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2020.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Jim spoke at the Palm Beach Coin Club several times and we were all mesmerized by his stories. He will be missed.
May 3, 2021
Jim was a good teacher. I learned a lot when I worked for him at The Franklin Mint. Ralph Bienert
January 12, 2021
I knew Jim since I was a kid through my father Hal who was a friend and coworker of Jim's at the Franklin Mint. A fun memory of mine was when my dad took me to a Philadelphia Phillies game with Jim and his beloved son Thomas. Jim was always very kind to me and I will never forget that. He was an outstanding gentleman. May the Lord hold you in his loving arms Jim as you worship Him in the glory of His presence until we all meet up again.
September 5, 2020
I will miss you Jimmy! We grew apart as we became adults and moved around the country but we were still family. I enjoyed seeing you whenever there was a family gathering. I was always so proud of you and your many accomplishments.
June 5, 2020
June 5, 2020
We are very sorry to learn about this. We much enjoyed spending time with Jim when he visited Berlin. If it hadn't been for him, we would never have been in the local casino. We have a mint-condition souvenir to remember him by.
June 5, 2020
We were good friends since kindergarten. Played a lot of baseball together and rolled over in his dads big black Chrysler on way to game in Vineland. Best man at my wedding. Will miss you Bucky.