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“Karen and familyI write on behalf of my mother, Jane Johnston, and myself to send our sincere sympathy. He was a very kind man from what my mom...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Lindsay Johnston - bryn mawr, PA

“Dear family....Our hearts go out to you all today as you reflect on Uncle Jims life. We share your feelings of sadness and loss even though we will...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Bill & Carol Heilig - Reno, NV

“Sheila, Meghan, & Jim & family. My heart & thoughts are coming your way. I remember your Dad so well & all the time in Millville. They were very...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Pauline Garron - Plymouth, MA

“Dear Karen, so many good memories & good times in Real Estate. may his memory truly be for a blessing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Sybil Lewkowitz - NJ - Friend

“Dear Karen & Family,We were sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are in our thoughts & prayers.Dottie & Bill ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Bill & Dottie Cook - NJ

“My thoughts are with you Karen.So sorry. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Thompson

“Our deepest condolences to Jim & Debbie and the entire family at this very difficult time. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish....Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Markraft Cabinets - Wilmington, NC

“My most sincere condolences to everyone. Jim was very special. Love,Tia ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jennifer Knox - Truckee, CA

“Jim was an extra bright light of God. He brought love and joy to all of us who had the honor of knowing him. We were blessed by his presence on this...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Kim Heilig - Little Falls, NJ

“So sorry for your loss, will always remember this wonderful man, he truly was kind, thinking of you at this difficult time, always remember the great...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Shelly Gallow(Stjohn) - Marmora, NJ

“We will always remember Jim with love and affection. Jim and Karin were among our first friends when we moved to Avalon. In fact, they were...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Rho & Stu Friedman - Sarasota, FL

“Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Richard and Evelyn Pfalzgraff - NJ

“Jim will be deeply missed by many in the YCSH community. I will always remember him as a passionate and competitive sailor who loved being out on his...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Donna Van Horn - FL - Friend

“Dear Karin, we are so saddened to hear of Jim's death and our sympathy to you and to all the family. With respect and love. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Micki & Larry Goldberg - NJ

“Will always cherish the memories of the wonderful times we had with the many visits and trips we took over the years with our dear friends Jim and...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Joan Kratky

“Our sympathies and condolences to your entire family. As a friend of Jim (son) I knew Jim's dad as a great loving father. Our hearts go out to you at...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Ken Garron - Plymouth, MA

“There are so many things I could say about Mr Wren, but the main thing is that he was the kindest of people. He was soft spoken and always with a...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Hart - cmch, NJ

“Meghan, having just lost my dad i know what your are going through. I can't make the service, but Glenn and I will be thinking of all you. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Conner - Bridgeton, NJ

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James "Jim" Wren, 88, of Cape May Court House, NJ passed away Saturday at the Cape Regional Medical Center surrounded by family.

Jim was born November 21, 1928 in Bryn Mawr, PA to Harold and Mary (Carroll) Wren. He graduated from Haverford Township High School in 1946 after which he went into the Army just before WWII ended and was stationed in Korea. Upon return, he went to Lafayette College where he captained the soccer team, led the Delta Upsilon fraternity and graduated in 1952 as an industrial engineer. Jim had a lengthy career as President of Nester Instruments in Millville, NJ where he served on the board of the Millville hospital and helped to initiate the combined medical center, was very active in support of the school system, was a member of the First Presbyterian church in Millville and volunteered for numerous community organizations earning him the prestigious Outstanding Citizen Award. For many years, while all three of his kids swam competitively, he was at every meet, helping in any way he could and cheering like crazy.

He had a second career in real estate after his marriage to Karin (Heilig) and became an active member of the Margate Community Church, a volunteer for the Stone Harbor Museum and Cape Mediation. He had a long productive life which he dedicated to thoughtful service to his various communities. His avocation was racing sailboats all his life, he was a Proprietary member and past Commodore of the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor and was truly happy on the water, especially if it was in a catboat or hearing the gun as he crossed the finish line. He also enjoyed travel and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and swimming across the Snug Harbor basin. He was a lifelong summer resident and lived year-round for 19 years in Stone Harbor, NJ before moving to Cape May Court House after Superstorm Sandy.

Jim is survived by his wife of 32 years, Karin (Heilig), a brother Chris (Debbie) of Arlington, VA, his brother-in-law Bill Horne, Easton, MD, three children Sheila Hand, West Bloomfield, NY, and Meghan (Jesse Briggs), Money Island, NJ and Jim (Debbie) Wilmington, NC; stepchildren Holly (Mike) Monihan, Ocean City, NJ, Betsy (Dave) Neaves, Kauai, HI; Dave (Amy) Parker, Somers Point, NJ; and John (Sonja) Parker, Palermo, NJ; grandchildren Lindsay (Jeff) Monihan-Stein, Chris (Andrea) Monihan, Adam (Candice) Neaves, Vito Neaves, Amber Neaves, Scott Parker, Tyler (Alyssa) Parker, Aleva Parker, Carlee Parker and Delbay Wren Briggs; great grandchildren Lilia and Dahlia Parker, Wyatt Beck, Charlie and Will Stein; and many nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Elinore (Nicholl), his sister Sue Horne and his granddaughter Elizabeth Hand.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Sat, March 11 at Margate Community Church, 8900 Ventnor Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402 with a gathering of family and friends at 10:00 am. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Margate Community Church or Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ 08349.