James “Jim” Davies, 78 of New Providence, New Jersey, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Morristown Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.
Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1934. The family moved to West Hartford, CT in 1937. Jim is survived by his wife of 52-years, Jeanne, son Robert, son James “Ted” and his wife Donna, daughter Judy, her spouse Sandy and five grandchildren, James, Neil, Elizabeth, Patrick and Susan. He is survived by his two brothers Robert and Roger and his sister in-laws Annick and Sally. He was predeceased by his parents, Alva and Robert Davies, and his sister, Cathy Davies-Derrick-Amstutz.
Jim greatly loved his nephews, nieces, cousins and sister in-law Judy King.
Jim graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1955. He served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corp from 1956 to 1960. After leaving the service he worked for Travelers Insurance Company, followed by four years at Kemper Insurance Company. In 1964, he established Davies Insurance Management and was active and a moving force until the time of his passing. He was active in the Professional Insurance Agents Association serving as president of the State of New Jersey as well as National president. Jim served on the Executive Board of Pennsylvania National Insurance Company and was an active member of the Board of Directors of Palisades Insurance Company now known as Plymouth Rock Insurance Company.
Jim and his family have lived in New Providence since 1962. He served on the Board of United Way and helped establish Community Cable TV (currently HomeTowne Television). Jim was a Councilman and the Chairman of the New Providence Planning Board. He was past President of Rotary Club of River Edge, NJ. Jim was active in St. Andrews Episcopal Church serving on the vestry and as an usher. Jim also was a member of the Summit Downtown Association.
Jim enjoyed coaching basketball, soccer, baseball and softball. He enjoyed teaching kids sports and sportsmanship. Jim was a devoted and loving family man. His greatest joy was time spent with his family, friends, pets, playing tennis and working in his yard. Jim and Jeanne cherished the time spent with family and friends at the family’s lake home in West Hartland, CT and in Florida at Palm Island, where he was active in both homeowners associations.
Jim was a man of strong convictions, energy and compassion. He was generous with his time and talents. He lived life fully and gave of himself generously. He will be missed by all who knew him.