James Vernon Fayer passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2018 at the age of 86.
He was born February 17, 1932 in Purling, New York. In high school his roller skating skills were renowned and his pranks (assembling a hay wagon on the school roof) were legendary. He served in the Navy in 1949–1953 and sailed on the USS Willard Keith (DD-775). As he loved to say he “fought “ in the battle of Copenhagen, the battle of Paris, and so on for other major cities in Europe. After getting his discharge from the Navy, he married Catherine “Cass” Pacelli in Camden, New Jersey. He and Cass welcomed four children into the world during the next four years while he simultaneously worked at RCA and attended Drexel to get his electrical engineering degree. He spent 45 years working at the Camden, New Jersey Plant as it transitioned from RCA to GE, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, and finally L-3 Communications. He rose from engineer through the management ranks to Chief Engineer in ten years followed by Director of IPS Programs until he retired in 1998. Midway through that period, Jim and Cass were blessed with a fifth child, Kurt. After retirement, Jim and Cass split their time between Waretown, New Jersey, where he loved to fish with his “ brother” Richard Degennaro, and Spring Hill, Florida, where he became a permanent resident of Timber Pines. Jim was the consummate volunteer. He helped start Boy Scout Troop 166 in Ashland, New Jersey and served as its Scoutmaster for many years. He helped to start the Willowdale Swim Club as the second member. He helped to start St. Thomas Moore Parish. He was a very active member of the Cherry Hill Planning Commission and the Camden County Boy Scout Council. He was a Eucharist minister, serving residents in the local hospital. He helped many individuals through St. Vincent De Paul, Knights of Columbus, and multiple social clubs within Timber Pines. He loved to travel, play cards and board games and fish. He was never shy about engaging in political debates, but always maintained decorum and respect for others. For quiet times, he loved to listen to Strauss and, if lucky, dance a waltz with his wife.
He joins his son Kurt in heaven and is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Cass; sons: Michael and Thomas; daughters: Jaqueline and Pamela; and his grandchildren: Jarrett, Brandon, Trevor, Chloe, Kendall, Kurt, Clara, Noel, and Elizabeth.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30am, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL.
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