James C. Stout, Jr., of Watchung, NJ, age 81, passed away on September 1, 2023, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born on October 7, 1941, in Red Bank, NJ, James, affectionately known as Jim, spent his early years in Keyport and Union Beach. In 1968, upon marrying, he relocated to North Plainfield and later settled in Watchung in 1971, where he resided until his passing.
The cherished only son of James H. Stout and Mary Nappi Stout, Jim embraced education with fervor. He graduated from Keyport High School in 1960 and continued on to Montclair State College. There, he delved into the worlds of Chemistry and Physics, securing a bachelor's degree in 1964. His love for academia led him further to acquire a Masters of Arts degree in Science Education from Montclair State in January 1970.
In 1968, Jim married the love of his life, Andrea (Andy) Guilbert Stout, a fellow student from Montclair State College. Their bond, spanning 55 years, was woven with countless memories, love, and mutual respect.
Jim's legacy is lovingly carried forward by his devoted wife, Andy, and a myriad of relatives, including John Nappi, his wife Helena, and their sons, as well as other dear family members.
He now joins in peace his parents, beloved grandparents, and several treasured family members, including cousins Frank Nappi, Harold Stout, and Jay Stout.
Jim's passion for teaching began at Raritan Township High School and continued at Watchung Hill Regional High School. His versatility was evident in his roles in adult education and his summer endeavors teaching electronics at Fort Monmouth. A change in direction saw Jim obtain his CDL and delve into the world of truck driving, hauling oversized loads across the country. His professional journey also encompassed various roles at Mack Truck and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Jim's commitment to his community was unparalleled. He served Watchung through multiple committees, including the Environmental Commission and Town Center Committee, and took part in numerous environmental events. As a founding member of the Somerset Power Squadron and a dedicated member of the Keyport Yacht Club, Jim's love for boating was clear.
He was a man of many talents and interests, from woodworking to watercolor painting. The melodies of the regulator clock he crafted still echo through time. His miniature watercolor artworks, depicting his favorite scenes, were treasures to many during the holiday season. He was an experimental cook, with Andy, his sous-chef, always by his side. A love for the great outdoors had him and Andy exploring national parks, creating wildlife habitats, and sharing in the joys of sailing.
Jim's inquisitive and sharp mind was a beacon to all who knew him. His vivacity, humor, and humble nature were his trademarks. Every medical challenge met with humor, with Jim playfully naming each assistive device, eliciting smiles from even his doctors. He was truly one of a kind, and his presence will be deeply missed. Yet, the bond he shared with Andy, a bond of undying love, will remain eternal. As the days go by, his memory will continue to be a source of joy and comfort, a reminder of the beautiful moments shared.
In Jim's memory, let us celebrate the richness of life, the power of education, the beauty of creativity, and the strength of enduring love.
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