James Donald McLoone passed away on October 3, 2021 at the age of 84.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the only son of James E. and Edna M. McLoone. He resided in Bergenfield, NJ, for the past 58 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth (Betty) and his children Nancy Ziemba and her husband Ray of Dumont, NJ, Patricia Zollinger and her husband John of New City, NY, and William McLoone and his wife Susan of Hillsborough, NJ. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan and Natalie Ziemba, Susan, Peter and Karen Zollinger and Daniel and Andrew McLoone.
He served 4 years in the United States Air Force and then began a 30 year career in the telephone company. After retiring from Bell Atlantic he worked for the Bergenfield School District as a school bus driver for 22 years. Known as “Jimbo”, he enjoyed taking students on field trips, activities, and sporting events.
Jim was involved in many community service organizations. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, NJ for 59 years where he served in many capacities, including Warden and Vestry member. A Boy Scout member since the age of 10, he continued to serve the scouting community at the troop, district and council level. He was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He was also active in the Bergen County Girl Scout Council as a Troop Leader, and Camp Glen Spey Site Director and Water Front Director. As a lifelong boating enthusiast he was a member of the Wanda Canoe Club and the Hackensack River Canoe Club. He also served over 25 years on the National Canoe Safety Patrol for the National Park Service on the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River where he received an achievement award for outstanding volunteer service. He was a proud Life member of the Bergenfield Ambulance Corp where he served for 24 years including terms as President, Vice President, and Treasurer.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 113 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 2 PM. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 113 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631 or the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 1 Froelich Street, Bergenfield, NJ 07621.
He will be missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.