James “Jim” DeAngelis, age 54, passed away unexpectedly on February 1, 2023, while on vacation with his partner, Ty Latham, and several close friends.
Jim was born the youngest child and only son of James and Florence DeAngelis, on June 26, 1968 in Archbald, PA. Jim is survived by his mother, Florence; sisters Anita (Mike) Shandor, Laura (Sam) Conte, and Maria (Brian) White; nieces and nephews Liz (Tebin, Ryland, and Landon) Glebus, Michael Shandor, Brian White and Andrea White; aunts, uncles and cousins. Jim was predeceased by his father, James DeAngelis, and sister, Theresa DeAngelis.
Jim graduated from Valley View High School in Archbald. He attended the University of Scranton and earned a B.A. in the Honors Liberal Arts Program. Jim majored in Communications, with a minor in English. His career in publishing and media changed over the years with technology. He started as an Editor for Taft Group in Rockville, Maryland. Jim’s last home was Jersey City, NJ where he worked for American Lawyer Media in NYC. Jim was part of the Custom Marketing Solutions group managing the company’s high visibility custom programs.
Books were one of Jim’s greatest passions. He read encyclopedias as a child. Jim was the Co-Founder, Board Member, VP, and Thursday Workshop Moderator of the Jersey City Writers. Jim received the JCW Moderator of the Year Award in 2022 and he was the 2021 winner of the JCAC Literary Arts Award. Jim recently completed the second draft of his debut novel, Woof!
In 2001, Jim attended the first fundraiser for Jersey City Lesbian Gay Outreach, the founding organization of Jersey City Pride, and soon after became involved as an active member. He volunteered and served on their Board of Directors, but Jim’s biggest contribution was serving as their Media Director for almost a decade. He had a hand in shaping all of the organization’s media. In 2008, Jim was given the Vital Voice Award, which recognizes people who live the spirit of JCLGO’s mission.
He was a member of the Garden State Gay Bowling Organization for 15 years where he participated in regional bowling tournaments throughout the tri-state area and Philadelphia. Rumor has it that he once bowled 200+ a few decades ago.
The family thanks good friend Jose Ramos-Bell, Lee Funeral Home in SC, and Celis Funeral Home in Mexico for their efforts in bringing Jim home.
Memorial donations may be made to Jersey City Writers at Linktree: linktr.ee/jerseycitywriters