James E. (Jim) Reynolds Jr. of Brielle, N.J., died Sept. 4 surrounded by the love of his family. He formerly lived in South Orange, N.J., Short Hills, N.J., and Delray Beach, Fla., and spent summers for more than 25 years with his daughter Kathleen Lichtstein in Katama. He was 95.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., to Dr. James and Margaret (Ryan) Reynolds, Jim attended St. Peter’s Prep and Seton Hall University, where he was a standout on the basketball court, captaining the team in 1939 and later being inducted into the Seton Hall University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
Jim also served as president and secretary of the student council, and later co-founded The Pirate Blue Athletic Fund along with Don Horn and Pete Finnerty. Jim was most recently active as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors.
Jim was president of Reynolds Shipyard Corp., and his involvement in the industry led to his election as president of the NY-NJ Dry Dock Association (1973-1976), as well as president of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce (1975-1976).
Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife, Jane McDonough Reynolds, in 1998, and his sister, Katharine Crowley.
He leaves siblings Margaret White of St. Augustine, Fla., Eileen Scatourchio of Spring Lake Heights, N.J., and Jeanne Bott of Wall, N.J.
Jim also leaves his devoted children, Patricia Knopf of Brielle, N.J.; Susan Hewson and Gilbert of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Kathleen Lichtstein and Jerry of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Katama; James E. Reynolds 3rd and Carter of Short Hills, N.J.; Barbara Haggerty and William of Pepper Pike, Ohio; Michael Reynolds and Susan of Bridgewater, N.J.; Richard Reynolds and Kimberly of New Canaan, Conn.; Gregory Reynolds and Kathy of Belmar, N.J.; and Stephen Reynolds and Julia of Newton, Pa.; as well as 32 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Sept. 5 in Wall, N.J., from 4 to 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 6 at St. Denis Church in Manasquan, N.J., followed by interment at St. Catharine Mausoleum in Sea Girt, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, 37 Villa Road, Suite 109, Greenvlle, S.C. 29615.