James Robert Woods - (March 20, 1938 – July 18, 2021)
James Robert Woods, a devout husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 18, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Glen Ridge, NJ to James Arthur Woods and Susan Grasso Woods. James grew up in Passaic, NJ and graduated from Passaic HS in 1955 and Newark College of Engineering, now NJIT, as an Electrical Engineer in 1959. He worked at Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, NJ serving their famous “Rippers”, to help pay his way through school. He was hired by ITT in Nutley, NJ as a Staff Scientist and retired after 41 years. He worked in the Communications & Defense Contracting Division and was part of teams that produced several patents that were used for many years in both the military and private sectors. He made presentations to the “Top Brass” of the military and was considered the ultimate problem solver by his co-workers and clients.
James and his wife, June-Ann Maria, the love of his life, were married for 42 years and resided in Upper Montclair, NJ. They enjoyed travelling to France, Sweden & Denmark and many other countries and locales with family and friends. They were avid members of Glinka, a Russian folk singing and dance group where they made lifelong friends. June Ann sang and James was a master of the “floor step” and son, James Erik also danced in the group. When June Ann lost her battle with cancer in June of 2003, he moved in with his son, daughter-in-law, Jane and grandchildren Ryan Michael, Gabrielle Sophia and James Ross and made Ramsey his home for 18 years.
He was a fixture at all holiday gatherings, parties and sporting events where family and friends, both old and new, loved speaking and catching up with him. Extremely proud of his family and a big part of their daily lives, his life was full with all their academic and sports activities. Post retirement, he enjoyed photography, cruising and traveling the world with friends and family. He was looking forward to Ryan’s wedding to Amanda Chrisman this September. He made friends wherever he went and will be greatly missed by so many.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 10 AM - 1 PM (Service at 12pm) at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Avenue, Ramsey, NJ. Luncheon immediately following at The Abbey at Ramsey Golf & Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Ramsey Senior Center” and mailed to 33 North Central Avenue, Ramsey NJ 07446.
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