James “Jim” J. Galanaugh Jr., 91, of Bayville, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving wife and children on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of West Catholic High School and rowed for the Penn Athletic club on the Schuylkill River. Jim served in the U.S. 2nd Army, stationed in Japan from 1951 – 1953. Upon returning from service, he competed for a spot in the 1956 Olympic double sculls event but lost to the team of friends Kelly and Knecht. At age 87, Jim attended the Head of the Schuylkill River Regatta in Philadelphia where he reconnected with a former rowing teammate, Tom Dowd, with whom he crewed in the 1950s. Jim was able to relive his rowing glory days. He saw Tom and other rowing friends that day and rekindled fond memories with them. And that’s how Jim saw the life he loved, full of possibility and he would have gone on forever if he could.
He attended Drexel University studying mechanical engineering. Jim spent 29 years with General Electric, retiring as Plant Manager, Paterson Gear Motor. He lived in Totowa, NJ for 23 years before retiring to Bayville in 1996. He was a communicant of St. Barnabas Church in Bayville, where he served as a lector and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim was an avid boater and fisherman and spent many a happy day participating in tournaments with the Jersey Coast Anglers. His gardening skills ensured a steady supply of Jersey tomatoes. Swimming kept him fit and strong all his life. Jim was a dedicated Eagles fan. He and Father Stas were probably the only 2 Eagles fans in the parish. He could fix anything…plumbing, electrical, automotive – a jack of all trades.
Jim was first and foremost a dedicated family man and role model of faith, loved by one and all for his caring, supportive nature. Surviving Jim are his wife of 64 years, Regina (nee Desmond), and five children, Maureen and her husband David W. Boyle of Indianapolis, IN; Margaret and her husband, Ed Deverell of Little Silver; James and his wife Catherine (Sirvidio) of Totowa; Daniel and his wife Becky (Andreatta) of Bend, OR; Gail and her husband Kevin Ferguson of Flemington and his devoted grandchildren, Sarah, Doug, Becky, Frannie, Laura (Boyle), Connor, Chris (Deverell), James, Thomas (Galanaugh), Nicole Autry, Briana, Brendan (Galanaugh) and great-grandchildren, Ava, Adam and Delaney, four nephews and a niece. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Stephen F. Costello, his parents James and Anna (nee Connell) and his sisters Mildred Leahy and Rita McKeefery and nephew Michael McKeefery.
There will a viewing on Wednesday, August 5th, from 1pm to 3pm (mask must be worn & 50 people maximum) at the Mastapeter Memorial Home, 270 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville. On Thursday, August 6th, relatives and friends are kindly invited to celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at St. Barnabas Church, 33 Woodland Road, Bayville. Burial will follow at 12:30 pm at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 350 Province Line Rd., Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory to the Knights of Columbus, St. Barnabas Council # 8603, 33 Woodland Rd. Bayville, NJ 08721 (www.kofc8603), would be appreciated.