James P. Freeman passed away on January 27, 2018 at Green Knoll Facility,
Bridgewater, N.J. He has resided there for the past 1 1/2 years
do to suffering from a stroke.
He was preceded in death by his parents James and Teresa Freeman of North Plainfield.
Jim was born February 11, 1949 in Plainfield, N.J.
A graduate of North Plainfield High School, attended University of
Toledo and employed by Star Pointe Saving Bank before retiring.
Jim was a lifelong resident of North Plainfield and distinguished
himself of over 35 years of service to the community of North
Elected to the Board of Education 1979 – 1985 served one year as
Vice President. Elected member of North Plainfield Borough Council
1993-1996 serving as Vice President 1995 and President 1996.
Jim was Governing Body’s Representative to the Planning Board, member of Independence
Day Committee, Senior Community Center Sub Committee and as a
Liaison to the Parking Authority.
Served as North Plainfield’s representative to the Plainfield Area
Regional Sewer Authority ( PARSA ) and Plainfield Joint Meeting
for over 20 years.
Instrumental in the completion of the North Plainfield Community
Center, chaired the Annual Street Fairs and 100th Anniversary
Celebration of North Plainfield. Member of Mayors Special Events
Committee and 4th July Parade Committee.
For over 40 years, Jim was a member of the American Legion Ball Kirch Post 265.
Serving as Commander of the post several times. Presiding over the
Borough’s Memorial Day Services and has taken the lead on the Legions
annual flag retirement ceremony and the annual Spaghetti Dinner
Jim is survived by his sister, Mary Bowers ( William ) of Bluffton,
South Carolina and many cousins throughout the country.
His brotherhood of American Legion Ball Post 265. Especially,
Matt and Rosanne Kilpatrick… thank you for your true friendship and
dedication to Jim.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on February 16, 10:00 AM at Saint Lukes Church, North
Plainfield , interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to The Ball – Kitchen Post 265
American Legion, P.O. Box 7243, Watchung, New Jersey 07069.
Jim was a lover of Doo Wop music, always a CD playing in his car .
Forever young, Jimmy.
We, the Higgins family, for over 135 years and four generations, have been privileged to serve the families and the community as a whole with professional service and personal attention.
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