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James D. Jeffries

February 5, 1948 — March 21, 2024

James D. Jeffries

James D. Jeffries of Philadelphia and Sea Isle City died peacefully on March 21, 2024, at the age of 76.

Born in Philadelphia, Jim was the son of the late Clifford A. and Elizabeth J. (Tolan) Jeffries, Sr. and brother of the late Clifford A. Jeffries Jr., and former husband of Doris Kurtz. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia A. Jolly (Bob) and grandson, Kyle P. Jeffries. Jim is also survived by his beloved partner of over 30 years, Mary Jo Anthony and his stepchildren: Jacqueline (Steve), Rachel (Justin), and Christopher (Allison). As well as his grandchildren: Justina, Chase, Olivia, Juliet, Joshua, Alexis and Mason. He is also survived by his brother’s family, wife Judy, nieces, Ann Quinn (John), Susan Justice (Tom), Jennifer Crane (Dan), nephew, Clifford A. Jeffries III, great nieces, Samantha Olivera (Alvin) and Laura Quinn (daughter Brook) and great nephew, Bret Crane.

He was proud of the beach house named, “My Way” in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. That is where over the years the family gathered and created many memories. It is his legacy that this home will continue as the family vacation retreat for many years to come.

Jim was a hard working man with a strong set of morals and ethics. He started his professional career in accounting and finance in 1965. During his senior year of high school he worked as a cooperative educational student with the Philadelphia National Bank (CoreStates Financial). Starting as a bank trainee he ascended through various positions of increasing responsibility, to becoming a Vice President. Jim served as a relationship officer for the securities industry and the Federal Government. After serving 30 years with CoreStates, he joined the U.S. Treasury Department Financial Management Service in November of 1995. At Treasury, he served as an accountant and Sr. Financial Program Specialist, retiring after 23 years of service in December 2018. Jim was a 1975 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He proudly served his country for 6 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

He devoted his entire life in volunteer service to his community. At the age of 16 he joined his  Emergency Medical Service, “Burholme First Aid Corps” and served as an EMT, Life Member of the Board of Directors, and Finance Committee. Jim served as President of the Parkwood Area Planning Council (Civic Association), addressing land use and zoning matters. He also sat as a Board member of the Franklin Mills Advisory Council. His most personal rewarding “seasonal job”  was serving as Santa Claus to hundreds of children over the years.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 10:00am, prior to the mass. A funeral Mass will begin at 11:00am at St. Anselm Church, 12670 Dunks Ferry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.

Memorial contributions can be made to ANCAN, Answer Cancer Foundation or to St. Anselm Church.

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