Wanamassa Fire Company
STATION
37-2
Township of Ocean
Fire District 2
Monmouth County, NJ
 


 


James "Jim" Serano

Obituary
  • "I will miss jim, he was will liked in our V.A. grp. in..."
    - George Engelhardt

James "Jim" Serano

AGE: 95 • Wanamassa

James "Jim" Serano, 95, long-time Wanamassa resident, decorated veteran, self-made businessman, dedicated member of our community, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Jim was born Dec. 23, 1919 as one of seven children to James and Cecilia Serano in Mahanoy City, PA. He was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School and went on to serve in the Civilian Conservation Corps and Pennsylvania National Guard before enlisting in the United States Army during World War II. During his military service, he spent 33 months overseas in England, Italy, and North Africa - including 719 days on the front lines during which he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star for gallantry in action.

After returning home from war, Jim settled down in Wanamassa, NJ. He started his own business, Serano's Heating and Cooling, where he served the residents of the Jersey Shore for over 50 years. He was a volunteer and life member of the Wanamassa Fire Company and First Aid Squad, serving as First Aid Captain in 1967 and Fire Chief in 1974. He continued his public service as an elected Fire Commissioner for Ocean Township's 2nd District, a position he served for over 30 years.

In addition to his volunteer work as a fireman, Jim was a dedicated Ocean Township Little League Coach and an active member of the Catholic War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks, the Sons of Italy, the Italian American Association of Ocean Township, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church of Asbury Park. In 1994, he was awarded the Mayor of Ocean Township's Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of dedication to the community.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Lillian, Phillip, Doro, Francis, and Raymond; and his first wife, Lillian. He is survived by his devoted and loving family - his wife, Felicia; his three sons, James, Richard, and Peter; his daughter, Felicia Ann; his brother, Joseph; his three grandchildren, Alessandra, Marisa, and Josh; and his four great-grandchildren, Leah, Elias, Luca, and Nathan.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Fiore Funeral Home, 236 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, Ocean Township. Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Asbury Park. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The Serano family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, a monetary donation in memory of Mr. James Serano be made to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, Attn: Voluntary Services (135), 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410. Fund 8016-Chaplain Catholic.
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James "Jim" Serano

Obituary
  • "I will miss jim, he was will liked in our V.A. grp. in..."
    - George Engelhardt

James "Jim" Serano

AGE: 95 • Wanamassa

James "Jim" Serano, 95, long-time Wanamassa resident, decorated veteran, self-made businessman, dedicated member of our community, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Jim was born Dec. 23, 1919 as one of seven children to James and Cecilia Serano in Mahanoy City, PA. He was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School and went on to serve in the Civilian Conservation Corps and Pennsylvania National Guard before enlisting in the United States Army during World War II. During his military service, he spent 33 months overseas in England, Italy, and North Africa - including 719 days on the front lines during which he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star for gallantry in action.

After returning home from war, Jim settled down in Wanamassa, NJ. He started his own business, Serano's Heating and Cooling, where he served the residents of the Jersey Shore for over 50 years. He was a volunteer and life member of the Wanamassa Fire Company and First Aid Squad, serving as First Aid Captain in 1967 and Fire Chief in 1974. He continued his public service as an elected Fire Commissioner for Ocean Township's 2nd District, a position he served for over 30 years.

In addition to his volunteer work as a fireman, Jim was a dedicated Ocean Township Little League Coach and an active member of the Catholic War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks, the Sons of Italy, the Italian American Association of Ocean Township, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church of Asbury Park. In 1994, he was awarded the Mayor of Ocean Township's Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of dedication to the community.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Lillian, Phillip, Doro, Francis, and Raymond; and his first wife, Lillian. He is survived by his devoted and loving family - his wife, Felicia; his three sons, James, Richard, and Peter; his daughter, Felicia Ann; his brother, Joseph; his three grandchildren, Alessandra, Marisa, and Josh; and his four great-grandchildren, Leah, Elias, Luca, and Nathan.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Fiore Funeral Home, 236 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, Ocean Township. Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Asbury Park. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The Serano family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, a monetary donation in memory of Mr. James Serano be made to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, Attn: Voluntary Services (135), 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410. Fund 8016-Chaplain Catholic.
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James R. Garrity
(1941 - 2016)
James R. Garrity, Sr., 75, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at his residence in Stuart, FL. Born in Asbury Park, NJ, Mr. Garrity spent most of his life in Ocean Township, NJ where he and his sister Nancy were raised by their parents Doris and James Garrity. Jim was a graduate of Asbury Park high school where he played Varsity basketball and baseball. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1964 and married Sandy Spino the same year. The couple remained in Ocean Township for 40 years where they raised a family and were very active in the community before retiring to Hobe Sound, FL in 2003. Prior to moving to FL to enjoy family Jim was the owner of Garrity’s Exxon in Wanamassa, NJ. Family, friends and customers who stopped into the station could always count on Jim for a helping hand as well as a few funny jokes. Jim also served the Ocean Township he loved in many ways, coaching sports, volunteering at the Wanamassa Fire Dept. and holding several township elected offices including 25 years as a Councilman and Mayor. Jimmy, as friends called him, was an incredibly devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who touched and blessed so many lives. An avid outdoorsman he loved hunting, fishing, boating and golf. He was usually found with a fishing rod in one hand and a cold beer in the other somewhere on a boat or the beach with his loved ones. Mr. Garrity is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra Garrity of Stuart, FL; His sister Nancy Lillie of Wanamassa, NJ, son, James R. Garrity Jr. of Palm City, FL, and son, Douglas Garrity and his wife Jenna of Stuart, FL; grandchildren, Brittany, James, Jared, Madelyn, and Madison. Services will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:00PM at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Jim’s name to Vanderbilt - Ingram Cancer Center http://www.vicc.org and University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center http://sylvester.org Please visit Mr. Garrity’s online guestbook at www.youngandprill.com. All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel