James T. Rhode, 85, of Monmouth Beach, passed away on July 1, 2021. He was born in Jersey City to the late James and Catherine (Lowery) Rhode.
Jim proudly served our country in the United States Army. He retired from Western Electric after 40 years of service and later from NJ County Parks Department. Carteret, NJ was home for 33 years where picnics, pool parties, family and friends became part of life’s memories. He was a fan of jazz, black and white movies, the NY Giants, the old Brooklyn Dodgers and his treasured grandchildren. Monmouth Beach became his permanent home in 2000, where family and friends loved to gather for summers and holidays.
He is predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Wilson and his sons Kevin and Michael Rhode. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Frances “Mickey” of 59 years and his cherished grandchildren, Dylan and Hunter Rhode and their mother Christine Rhode, his loving sister in law, Patricia Short and her husband Dennis, brother in law, Will Ryan, dearest Josie Fields and nephew, Luke Short, his wife Jenna Glendye and their son Finnegan.
A memorial gathering will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701 on Tuesday July 6, 2021 from 4 – 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in James’ memory to the Spinal Cord Injury Project, 604 Allison Road, D-251, Piscataway, NJ 08854 or http://keck.rutgers.edu
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