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James Sofis

12/22/2017


James “Jim” Sofis, age 95 of Manchester passed away peacefully on December 22, 2017 while receiving the loving care of his family.

Jim was born in New York City to Constantine and Esmeralda Sofianides. He lived in Wood-Ridge and Wayne before moving to Manchester 21 years ago. Jim graduated from Rutherford HS with the class of 1940. After High School graduation, Jim enrolled at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. He studied there for two years. With a desire to serve and protect his country like many others, he dropped out of college and enlisted in the United States Army to serve during WWII. Jim was a rifleman and Draftsman, he was assigned to the 104th Infantry, 415th regiment. He was stationed in Europe where he fought very honorably and courageously, receiving two Purple Hearts, two Battle Stars, as well as the Combat Infantry Badge. Like many men returning from war, Jim didn’t speak much about his experiences, but it was clear that his service during the war played a profound role in his life.

After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Jim earned a position as a tool designer for the Bendix Corporation in Teterboro, which later became known as Honeywell Industries. Jim worked there for forty two years until his retirement in 1989. Following his retirement, Jim was not the type of man to sit still, he continued to work part time for a company called Rickett Benckiser in the R&D labs for three years. Again, Jim felt the urge to retire and then moved to Leisure Village West in Manchester in 1996.

Following his service during World War II and amid his first few years working for Bendix Corporation, Jim met a lovely young women by the name of Nina Macredy. They dated for a short time and as fate would have it they fell in love and were married in 1952. They settled in Wood-Ridge for a time then eventually moved to Wayne in 1963. They would call Wayne their home for many years to come and would raise their two daughters and son there. Jim cherished twenty-five years of a loving and loyal marriage together until Nina’s passing. Jim eventually fell in love again and remarried a women named Bernice Wickersheim. Jim cherished another twenty five years of marriage to his second wife until her passing in 2011.

Jim was a member of the VFW in Manchester where he was very active for a while. He also loved to travel. He has been to just about every corner of the globe including memorable trips to China, Russia, Thailand, Sweden, England, Greece, Turkey, and Ireland, as well as traveling to the Caribbean on various cruise lines. Jim also enjoyed bowling in local leagues in his area and after his second wife passed away, took routine trips to Atlantic City where he enjoyed playing poker and socializing with many friends he made during his trips there. Jim was caring and generous and was the type of person that everyone liked.

Jim knew the Lord and was extremely devoted to his Christian Faith. Above all of Jim’s hobbies, talents and interests, he had a great love for his family. He was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He cherished the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nothing was more important to him. Jim was an extraordinary person who touched the lives of many people and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Jim is survived by two daughters; Ginnie Palumbo and her husband Jimmy of Wayne, Irene Myers of Wayne, one son Stephen Sofis and his wife Jill of Vernon, one brother; Dr. Thomas Sofianides and his wife Anna of Tenafly and their daughter Catherine Sofianides, five grandchildren; Jessica Myers, Kimberly Myers, Jamie Sofis, Cassandra Sofis, and Erika Sofis, 2 great grandchildren; Dante Ferreira, and Madison Myers, and many nieces and a cousin. Jim is also survived by 6 step-children and 16 step grandchildren whom he loved very much, from his second wife Bernice. He was predeceased by his first wife Nina Macredy, and his second wife Bernice Wickersheim in 2011. Jim was also predeceased by his two sisters Clara Wassel and Faye Nicholiades in 2008.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 11AM-2PM at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ. A funeral service will be held at 2 PM following the visiting hours.
 

Guest Book

12/23/2017

Ginnie my friend, My condolences goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, I can relate to how you feel. Dad is now free from everything in this world, you can take comfort in that. I will see you soon. Max.

Maxine Davis

12/24/2017

Ginnie my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Ia m working Sunday so not be able to stop by. But please Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa M Sekulic-Lambert

12/25/2017

Ginnie, I pray for our Lord's peace and comfort over you and your family during this time of bereavement. My prayers and heart sincerely reach out to you. So sorry for your loss. See you soon. Sending my love and many warm hugs!

Susanne A Kaltsas

12/26/2017

Deepest condolences, Ginnie & family. We pray for you & family. God bless you for your example of faith. God blessed you with this patriarch and his love of God, family, faith, country. May your great memories sustain you

Fran T

12/28/2017

To all of Jim's family, Our heartfelt love and prayers go out to each and every one of you during this time. Tony and I send our deepest condolences. He was such a wonderful and happy man and we were both very blessed to have had the pleasure of being in his company. May he rest in eternal peace and God bless him and all of you.

Debbie and Tony Pironti

12/28/2017

The Bocce club of LeisureVillage West, we send our condolences to Jim Sofis' family. He was a great Bocce player to the end. He will be missed by the club and the entire village ,may he rest in peace.

Karen Mc Ginley

12/29/2017

We are so sorry you all are dealing with the passing of your father. I know how hard that is. He was one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet and be around for a time. I remember him as ALWAYS friendly, laughing and enjoying his family. You are all a very blessed family to have him in your lives. Prayers to you all I this rough time... listen for his laughter, feel his hugs and treasure his memories. Condolences and Love, Tammy, Cal, Mike, and Jenn

Tammy Lizarazo

12/30/2017

I am so sorry that we cannot be at your side with your family to celibrate the life of your/our father. I say that because in so many ways Jim (dad) was more of a father to my siblings and I - than our own. His influence on me personally cannot be measured, and to see how happy he made my mother was a joy. To know him was to love him. Much peace to you, and all of your family and friends. John Wickersheim

John Wickersheim

12/30/2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Lisa Gevirtz

12/30/2017

To Ginnie, Irene, and Stephen, You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. It has been a privilege and a joy to have known your dad for so many wonderful years. He will be deeply missed. Deepest sympathies, Bob & Carol McNeil

Robert and Carol MCNeil

12/30/2017

Ginnie and Irene, our thoughts and prayers are with you on your Dad's passing. He was a very special man and leaves wonderful memories for all that were touched by his life.

Steven Weber


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