James Lincoln Elward, 86 of Wall passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick with his loving family by his side. James was born and raised in Newark and graduated from Barringer High School, Newark. After high school James entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War. Upon completing his military service James became a Newark Firefighter, where he served for 25 years. James was referred to as “The Legend” by fellow fireman whom he loved and held in the highest regard. While being a firefighter James was also a member of the Ironworkers Union, Newark. James loved all types of sports, in his spare time he loved to play golf and was an avid NY Jets fan. James was a past post commander of Manasquan VFW Post 1838. There he took such great pride in reviewing essays submitted by the young school children for the “Voice of Democracy Program”.
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James was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Elward and a brother-in-law Pat Duggan. He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years Frances “Fran" Elward (nee Fantozzi) of Wall and a loving son Michael Elward, also of Wall. James was the cherished grandfather of Aidan and Meghan Elward and beloved brother of John Elward and his wife Barbara of Berkley Heights, NJ and Marie Duggan of Westfield, NJ.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 3-7 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ. A funeral service will begin at 6:30 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, 565 Lathrop Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.