James Randall (59) of Logan Township passed away peacefully at home on September 27, 2015. He had been enduring health issued for several years. Jim grew up in Brigantine and Ocean City, New Jersey and was an avid sailor and started at age 7. Some of his favorite memories included the Brigantine Yacht Club and the small town feeling he enjoyed. In recent years, he hasn’t been able to sail his GP14 or sunfish however belonged to the Cooper River Yacht Club in the 90’s and sailed a Catalina 22 on the Chesapeake Bay in the 80’s. Jim was the youngest of six children and pre-deceased by his oldest brother, Leslie “Pete” in 1943 in addition to his parents Leslie and Joan Randall.
Jim attended Holy Spirit High in Absecon, New Jersey where he wrestled, played football and was an honors student. Jim received a congressional appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) and graduated in 1978. He sailed around the world during 2 sea tours and was part of the wrestling, track and sailing teams. One of the great accomplishments of his life was to say that he attended Kings Point.
Following graduation, Jim worked for the Military Sealift Command, Army Corp of Engineers and Sunoco in 1979 where he remained until his 2005 disability. He sailed the tankers in California, Texas and other areas as a chief mate and obtained his Unlimited Masters and Delaware River Pilot’s Licenses. Jim used his license as a port captain at Fort Mifflin and Hog Island. He also worked as a Cargo Master in Marcus Hook, PA and Vetting manager in Philadelphia. He was well respected and liked as an employee.
Jim was a member of the Trinity “Old Swedes” Episcopal Church vestry, where he has been a member since 1993. He was a very dedicated member of the church and took part in many of the decisions made. Jim was also a leader of Troop 4 in Logan Township and watched his son, Jonathan grow from a Tiger Cub to an Eagle Scout. Many parents and former scouts remember his dedication and kind spirit, warmth and compassion towards the scouts. They also remember him being the “Knot Tying” expert and many camping weekends at Camp Grice and Roosevelt.
Jim enjoyed watching the Alaskan shows, NCIS and the History Channel. He was very knowledgeable on History and won all of the Trivial Pursuit Games in the past. He and his wife moved to Logan Township in 1988.
Jim is survived by his wife and longtime love of 34 years, Lynne and 3 children: Jonathan (24), Jacqueline (24), and Joanie (20). He also has 4 siblings that include Roger (Peggy) of Marlton, Willard (Nancy) of Burlington, VT. Peggy Murphy of Annapolis, MD, and Peter (Diane) of Davie, FL and DE. Jim had several nieces and nephews, sister-in-laws and a brother-in-law who adored him. He had a kindness and sweetness that was endearing. When Jim walked into a room, people took notice due to his wonderful qualities. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Come celebrate 59 years Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro, where friends can assemble on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to process to Trinity Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial, Seaside Cemetery, Marmora.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the following choices:
Trinity “Old Swedes” Episcopal Church
PO Box: 31
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
THe Abramson Cancer Center for Research
University of Penn
c/o Dr. David Porter
3400 Civic Center Blvd,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
c/o Class of 78
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11022