James W. Carpenter

| 28 Dec 2021 | 05:20

James W. Carpenter of Montague, N.J., passed away early Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Delaware Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Matamoras, Pa. He was 92.

Son of William and Josephine Carpenter, Jim was born in Nutley, N.J., on June 17, 1929. Jim proudly served our country with the U.S. Army.

He served his community in a variety of ways. He was a member of the Minisink Reformed Church, and an active member in the following associations: The Marsch-Kellogg VFW Post of Milford, Montague 206 Hunting Club, New York Hunting Club, the NRA, the last surviving member of the original 12 that founded the Montague Township Volunteer Fire Department, Montague Association for Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.), Antiques Automobile Club of America, National Shaving Mug Collectors Association, Kittatinny Masonic Lodge, and the Montague Reformed Church Cemetery Association.

Jim was a passionate outdoorsman, living life to the fullest, whether walking a field, driving a hunt, sitting in a stand, or at the helm of a boat with a fishing rod in his hand.

Jim lived for the outdoors. Jim was also a wonderful storyteller and loved to share his adventures with his family and friends. Jim’s dream of going to Alaska came true, and for 33 consecutive years, never missed a trip to his beloved Rocky Point Resort.

As a young man, Jim started his career in the dairy industry, became a barber, and eventfully followed his calling as an antiques dealer. Along with his wife, Mim, they owned and operated Carpenter’s Antiques in Montague.

Jim married the love of his life, Miriam Hough of Branchville, N.J., on Dec. 1, 1962, celebrating 59 years of marriage. His faithful companions were nine springer spaniels over his lifetime and current canine best friend Ben.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Hough Carpenter of Montague; sister. Jean Blumer of Louisville, Ky.; nieces, Sandra Blumer of Naples, Fla., Shari Plegt (Willem) of Naples, Fla., and Susan Czerwonka (John); and grandniece Meg of Louisville, Ky. He is also survived by his cousin Ronald Decker (Sandy) of Rock Hill, N.Y., and their two children, niece Susan Bartle (Eric) of Pawling, N.Y., and nephew Jimmy Decker of Hurley, N.Y.; as well as many beloved friends that he cherished. V

isitation was held Dec. 22 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis, N,Y., followed by a funeral service with Pastor John Lashuay officiating and interment at Minisink Reformed Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to M.A.R.C.H., P.O. Box 1101, Montague, NJ 07827; or to the Montague Fire Department, 275 Clove Road, Montague, NJ 07827. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis.