James Stow

James R. Stow

Monday, October 22nd, 1945 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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James R Stow, 75, passed on February 13, 2021.

After graduating from Palmyra High School in 1964, he joined the Navy where he studied to become a dental technician. After leaving the Navy he started his own dental lab. His great passion was building and flying model airplanes.

He is survived by his sons Jonathan Stow and Sean Stow, stepdaughter Jennifer Jayne and her partner Michael Dougherty, brother Ronald Stow, sister Sharon (Stow) Torrance and her husband John, nephews John Torrance Jr and Nathan Torrance, niece Katherine Torrance, and nephew Eddie Alicea.

He was predeceased by his parents, James W and Jean E Stow, and his partner Betsy Jayne.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 24th from 2-3 PM at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ, followed immediately by a service of reflections. Masks will be required for the services.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reflections

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 3:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Private Condolence

Ginger Joslin VeDepo

Posted at 03:27am
I don't know quite what to say... I was thinking about Jimmy, as I often do, and happened across his obituary. I am so sorry to hear he passed. He touched the heart of a 15 year old girl more than a half a century ago, and he never totally left. To his brother, Ron, my deepest condolences, despite the lateness. Interestingly, Jimmy passed away on my birthday. He will forever have a place in my heart.

Dave Strahan

Posted at 02:32pm
My memories of Jim will always begin with the Abode, that amazing little garage that we turned into our own summer place in Surf City. It was an extraordinary place given to us by Mrs. Posch, who just wanted us out of her house! Furnished by the old liberty ships across the Delaware from Riverton and Palmyra, and filled with Beatles music on Saturday nights, it was THE place to be in Surf City in the summers of the 1960s. Much of the art work in the Abode was done by Jim. I also remember the many road rallies we had to the house at Batsto with he and Ronnie's bug-eye Sprites, and all the other sports cars (plus my VW) on those fall days when the leaves were turning and the air was getting crisp. Those were wonderful times with Jim. A specific time I remember well with Jim and Ronnie was our VW trip to California - 3 guys in a VW traveling non-stop to CA from NJ in 1969. We talked about that trip for many years. Good times.
Jim was an amazing artist (he designed my wife's wedding ring that still wears 47 years later,) an excellent athlete both in track and gymnastics, and, to this day, the only person I know who could eat 6 clams on the half shell, a cheesesteak and a Black Russian at 2 AM and do it with a smile on his face. MY sincere condolences to Ronnie, Sharon and the family. He will be missed.

Ginger Joslin VeDepo Posted at 03:31am

Oh, David, I wish you had let me know. He took a bit of my heart with him.


Posted at 12:16pm
Jim was a passionate and talented man; knowing him enriched my life in many ways. Condolences to his family and friends.


Posted at 04:16pm
How do you sum up 60 years of friendship in a paragraph... Jimmy and I met in high school initially, then at Junior Footlighters where we did some plays together. We were in Tad Mosel's IMPROMTU which went to the state championships and we both won awards at local art shows for our drawings/paintings. Then I went off to college and he went into the service. We kept in touch and saw each other off and on over the next 40 years. We were friends and no matter how much time passed between our conversations or what transpired in our lives, it was as though we had just seen each other the day before. We were there for each other no matter what... His sudden passing was quite a shock to all of us who knew and loved him. My condolences to his brother Ronnie and to Sean & Jonathan, his sons, as well as to Jennifer Jayne who adopted Jim as her second father. We will remember him as long as we all are here and do so with a smile!

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