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Updated: 02/16/2014 08:00:00AM

James A. Crowell

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James A. “Jersey Jim” Crowell, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte.

He was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Newark, N.J.

James was a U.S. Army veteran and a Bronze Star recipient of the Korean War. He retired early from Ford Motor Co. as an auto worker, and moved to Port Charlotte from Little Falls, N.J., in 1994. James was an officer and a very active member of VFW Post 5690 and American Legion Post 110, both located in Port Charlotte, and had a lifetime membership at the Riverside Vets in Hawthorne, N.J.. He leaves behind many cherished friends.

He is survived by his five children, including his daughter, Cynthia Rec; and sons, Thomas, James, David and Michael; along with seven grandchildren; four stepchildren, Michael, Janet, David and Patricia; seven step-grandchildren; a brother, Edward; a sister, Dolores Wittschiebe; and nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 18 years, Amelia M. “Patricia” Crowell; his father, James; mother, Catherine (nee Madden); and sister, Mary Leach.

A Committal Service with Military Honors by the U.S. Army and American Legion Post 110 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. A celebration of his life will follow at VFW Post 5690. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the VFW Buddy Program at; or to Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Friends may visit to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.

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