James Marasa

(Feb 8, 1938 to Jan 17, 2009)

If you’re from Riverside you know Big Jim. Not only because of his size, presence and his arguable resemblance to Abe Lincoln, but because he’d strike up a conversation with anyone. As the unofficial mayor, Jim knew just about everyone in the town. And everyone knew him for his sense of humor. Whether a joke sent by email, or a quick quip at the horseshoe pit, Jim was seldom without a line. But when at the horseshoe pit, there was not a better partner to be had. The numerous trophies at his home and at Riverside Turners show just how good he was with the shoes. When his skilled hands were not hitting ringers or throwing darts, they could be found assembling model airplanes or recreating the Union Pacific with model trains. The trains, though, were more than a hobby, they were a lifelong passion. He could often be found at train shows, train museums, or simply taking a train to no where in particular, just to enjoy the ride. rnWhile at a dance Jim had the good fortune to meet a young Anne (nee Sowinski). An invitation to join him on the dance floor would lead to 47 years together. He’d teach her to love Riverside, she’d teach him to love dogs. Jim is also survived by his sister Josephine (Harry) of NV and his brother Robert (Cheryl) of Laurel Springs, NJ.rnAll aboard! to celebrate 3 score and 10 years Wednesday 7-9 PM and Thursday 9-10 AM at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM at St. Casimir Church. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Animal Welfare Assoc. 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043.rn

4 thoughts on “James Marasa

  1. Michael Daley

    I had met Big Jim over at the Turners and there is no denying that he had a wonderful presence about him. Almost immediately after his family had contacted me I began receiving phone calls and emails from his friends. They were all kind enough to share their stories about him. Please take some time to read the ones enclosed, and share some of your own.

  2. Mark McAleer

    I’m Mark McAleer, President of Riverside Turners where Jim was a member and a fellow horseshoe pitcher. rnrnFirst, my deepest condolences on your loss. Jim was a neat guy who always had a joke to share and I’ve missed getting his emails. We didn’t know he was sick though I’ll admit I probably should have. His last joke email came to me on the 22nd of December. We’ll all miss himrn

  3. Lorraine Hatcher

    Big Jim always enjoyed coming in there (the Turners)and playing darts or outside for horseshoes.rnI used to be on Riverside School Board and Jim would always talk about the school to me. That was a big part of his life. He used to complain to me about how hot the school got. So I found a hat with a little fan on it and gave it to him at Turners one night. He also was so proud of his “golden” pass from the school to go to athletic activities…and enjoyed going to the football games. You would always see him leaning against the fence. rnOne time he called Gary (retired from the phone company) to see if he would put a phone jack up in the attic for him. My husband has talked to me about his train collection up there!!!rnI had to call my father-in-law, Clinton Hatcher, and tell him about Jim today. He was really shocked. He had been concerned about Jim since we hadnt seen him for a while. He kept calling the cell, asking for Jim. Ann told him that he wasnt there. He wishes that he had known he was at the nursing home, he would have went to visit. rnOnce again, condolences to you and your family. Big Jim was a great guy and always wanted to encourage me with Weight Watchers.rn

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