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James Donald McLoone

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.

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I rode with Jim on a crew, with the ambulance corps, many years ago. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences and prayers to his family. I remember him as warm, friendly, and always willing to help others. He will be missed.

John McHugh Oct 21 2021 11:25 AM

Dear Patty, we were so sorry to learn about your dad. He and your mom were unfailingly kind to us, making their house always welcoming and happy for us when we were up there visiting. We hope that you and your family finds light and comfort in remembering good times and how much your dad did for so many.

Valerie Jablow Oct 15 2021 10:20 AM

Road Trip with Jim as a member of the National Canoe Safety Patrol ( NCSP) Safety team to the '92 Olympic Trials on the Savage River. Paddled as safety boaters and instructors for the U N International School (UNIS) Canoe trips. RIP Jim you will be missed.

Gene Berliner Oct 8 2021 12:09 AM

As an long time member of the Wanda CC, from it's days on the Hudson River to the present, I am saddened by Jim's passing and offer my condolences to the family. I have fond remembrances of our conversations and occasional paddling trips. Good by and farewell Friend.
William Van Keuren

william Van Keuren Oct 7 2021 6:43 PM

Jim's smile, patience and enthusiasm for boating will never be forgotten by the Project Morry/Morry's Camp community. He trained many of our lifeguards from near and far to be prepared and certified by the time our campers arrived at camp to run our boating program. You will be remembered fondly by many in our community and made a huge impact on hundreds of children by helping us have a fun and safe boating program. You indirectly gave so many of our campers joyful and adventure filled memories which enhanced not only their camp experience but their self esteem too!

Project Morry Family Oct 7 2021 3:33 PM

Jim was a beloved member of the Wanda Canoe Club for close to 50 years. He was an avid paddler and outdoorsman. More importantly, he was a great friend and teammate. He always had time for a fellow paddler and was quick to regale us with his stories of adventures past. He embodied what it meant to be a "loon." He will be dearly missed by his teammates on the Hackensack.

Wardell Lee
Wanda Canoe Club President

Wardell Lee Oct 6 2021 8:01 PM

Jim was a good friend to all he encountered, and to my husband, Joe and I. He taught us how to not hit every rock in the river when we paddled. He taught me how to tie knots, and was a great lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid teacher. Joe and Judy Leffel

Judy Leffel Oct 6 2021 1:26 PM

I will always have fond memories of living next door to Jim and his family along the Delaware River almost 50 years ago. We had great fun together and have stayed in touch over the years. I was fortunate to have visited with Jim and Betty this past summer at their lake home in Pennsylvania for some happy reminiscing of summers on the Delaware including many canoe trips.

I will miss Jim's jovial nature, steady presence, hint of mischievousness, and Rube Goldberg inventiveness. Also, I thank him for trusting my teenage self with baby sitting his young family. I will always treasure those days, even the time when baby sitting that I accidently let a raccoon into your cabin thinking it was the cat!

Happy trails/paddles on your final journey Jim.

Pete Michell Oct 6 2021 1:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James McLoone

Deb Michell Oct 6 2021 1:00 PM

We rode for many years in BVAC. He always had a story to tell or a way to make you smile at the worst of calls we would experience. Jumbo, Rest in Peace my friend, I\'ll miss you.

Robert E. Kirsch Oct 6 2021 11:13 AM

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