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James Tuit, Jr.


James Tuit Jr age 55 passed away peacefully Thursday June 22, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born January 30, 1962 to James Tuit Sr. and Eleanor “Curly” (nee Kuiken) Baum living in Hawthorne, NJ until 1978 before moving to West Milford, NJ. He was a 1980 graduate of Passaic County Technical High School where he excelled in autobody work, which became his career.

Known to friends as Jimmy or “Lil Jimmy”, he was outgoing, fun loving, and a caring person who would do anything for anyone. He loved spending time with the lifelong friends he met when he moved to West Milford, playing horseshoes, boating on Greenwood Lake, or just having a great time together.

 Born into a racing family, Jimmy followed his father, Jim “Scuffy” Tuit Sr., and his step-father, John Baum, and he began racing. In 1981, he got behind the wheel of the number 318 Street Stock dirt car at Orange County Speedway in Middletown, NY. In 1984 his younger brother Ray would join him, and they became known as “The Racing Tuits.” Jimmy had multiple career wins with his celebratory signature move; putting his left arm out the window as the checkered flags were waving. 

Jimmy was a huge NASCAR fan, and in particular; Bill Elliott. He was an avid METS fan and a Dallas Cowboy fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being the oldest sibling he thrived on playing jokes on them. Intrigued by all types of puzzles, especially jigsaw puzzles, he was always up for the challenge.

Jimmy is survived by his father, James Tuit Sr., his mother; Curly (Eleanor) Baum and her husband John, his sister; Kathy (Tuit) Pass and her husband Bobby Pass, brother; Ray Tuit and his wife Debbie (Cunningham) Tuit, and his sister; Crystal Baum-Orosz and husband CJ Orosz. He was predeceased by his loving step-mother Judy Tuit, and by his beloved cat; Buka.

A private cremation was held and a memorial service will be planned in the near future.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations would be appreciated to the NYSSCA (New York State Stock Car Association) 10 Matthew Drive, Castleton, NY 12033,

Guest Book


I love you big brother and will miss you a lot. Love your sister Kathy



You will always have a very special place in my heart and my life. I will always remember the good times and will keep your memory alive threw those memories. Give my Mom and Dad and Judy a great big hug. Rest Easy Jimmy.will always love you



We will miss the smiles and waves as we crossed paths with Jimmy. We hope that the cherished memories and the support of family and friends will fill your days with hope and peace. Love, Mary and Dan Shumeyko

Mary Shumeyko


Jimmy we haven't seen each other since high school graduation. I am sorry to read of your passing. I remember you as a fine young man. May God comfort you family and friends with your passing.

Steven Zukowski

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