James J. Foley, Sr.

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“Dear Foley Family: I worked for Jim at Red Arrow from 1975-78. He was a great mentor, friend and Christian. I have photos of Jim & Mary dancing...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Deb Mellon - Glenmoore, PA

“Dear Jim and family, May God bless and keep you. A father is such a special person in the family structure, I know he'll be missed. Stay strong...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Agnes V. Daniels - Philadelphia, PA

“Uncle Jim was truly an outstanding man who will be missed by many family and friends. Barb, Jamie and Tommy, our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Denis Foley - Stoughton, MA

“May God give you and your family endurance and encouragement. And may His gentle Spirit give you peace. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Charlotte Laney - Philadelphia, PA

“A dearly beloved friend will be truly missed. Visits with Jim were a special way of life. It won't be the same without Jim in Ocean City! ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Gerri Morrison - Ocean City, NJ

“He was my Godfather so I am really on my own now. He was always great with me like showing up at my HS and College graduaton without notice. Will...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Jack Foley - Collegeville, PA

“My family and I are so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Lou (Walsh) DePietro - PA

“Dear Barb, Jamie, Anne & Tom: Your Dad was a true gentleman. We will miss him dearly. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Loretta Dennin Pawlowski - Exton, PA

“I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. You are in our thoughts. Love Kathy ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Jurin - Green Lane, PA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I hope and pray that you are comforted by warm memories of Uncle Jim and the years he had...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Coleen (Peck) Davenport - PA

“Barb, Jamie & Tommy, We will always remember your father's smile and his love of life. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Pat, Maria &...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Patrick Dennin - Downingtown, PA


James J. Foley, Sr., age 86, of Ocean City, NJ died Sunady August 16, 2009 at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, NJ. Born the third of 14 children on November 27, 1922 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. to Catherine (nee O'Donnell) and John J. Foley. Jim grew up in Bryn Mawr and Havertown, Pa., graduating from Haverford High School. Jim served in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War. During WW II he served aboard the USS Thomason DE-203 and aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 during the Korean War. He retired from Red Arrow/SEPTA in 1985 after 41 years. Jim started as a lineman, was a Union Official and then moved into management where he was a manager of Labor Relations. sitting on many arbitration hearings. In September, 1947 Jim married Mary A. Walsh of Germantown. In 1957 they moved to Highland Park, Upper Darby where they raised their family. Jim coached neighborhood baseball for many years. He was an active parishioner of St. Laurence for many years where he was a Lector and a member of the Choir. After his retirement in 1985 they moved to Ocean City, New Jersey. Jim's wife Mary passed away in 1992 after 45 years of marriage. An avid golfer, Jim was past president of the Ocean City Seniors League. At the age of 84 he was the Elite Champion of the Ocean City Seniors League. He is the father of Barbara Laurelli (Carmen), James J. Foley, Jr (Anne), Thomas J. Foley (Kathleen) and the late Patrick Foley. He has 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and his siblings; Mary Jean Powers, Thomas Foley, Donald Foley, Leo Foley, Dede Dennin, Joan Dennin, Katie Dennin, Betsy Henry, Ned Foley and the late John J. Foley, Jr, Loretta Steven, Ann Morgan and Hugh Foley. Family and friends may call 7:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday, August 20 and Friday 8:30 to 9:30 AM. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM Friday August 21 in St. Denis Church, Havertown. Interment will follow in St. Denis Cemetery. in lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, attn: Fr. Peter, 2249 Shore Rd. P.O. Box 189, Linwood, NJ 08221.

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