James Crammer

Obituary of James Crammer

James C. Crammer, a life-long resident of Mendham, died peacefully after a long illness at the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton on January 28, 2022. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Crammer was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Dolores H. Crammer (née Fischer) in 2011. He is survived by his children: Thomas Coultas and his wife, Maureen, Wayne Coultas and his wife, Monette, Cynthia Czerwinski and her husband, Robert, Lisa Brown and her husband, Robert, Catherine Oudine and her fiance, Glenn Thomas, and William Crammer and his wife, Kelly. He had 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister Sandra Swanger and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Crammer in 2019.

James (known as Jimmy) was born in Mendham on December 14, 1933 to Frederick and Ruth (née Menagh) Crammer.  He graduated from Morristown High School in 1953 where he had been on the Track and Football teams. After graduation, he joined the family business, Fred Crammer and Sons, Painting and Paperhanging Company. 

Jim was quite a character and he made many life-long friends in the various organizations in which he participated, starting with the Boy Scouts of America.  He was a volunteer fireman for most of his life, beginning with The Mendham Borough Fire Company. In 1962 he moved to Ralston to raise a family. There, he became a member of the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company and served a term as chief. 

Jim greatly enjoyed bowling and participated in the Pastime Lanes Married Couples and Men’s Leagues. Later, he sponsored a team for the Ladies Bowling league. He was also a member and past-president of the Past Time Club on Hilltop Road, where he will long be remembered for his sense of humor and outgoing personality.

Jim came from a long line of deer hunters and became a proficient one himself. He began the hunting season with the bow and arrow and continued on through the muzzleloader and shotgun seasons. He spent many winter days out with buddies in the Farmer’s and Sportsman’s Games Association of Mendham Borough.

When the summer came, you’d find Jim and his family down at the family beach house on Long Beach Island. His father Fred owned a boat named “Mom’s Kitchen” and many days were spent in the sun, fishing, crabbing and clamming. If there was one thing Jim enjoyed, it was his seafood.

He was also 50 year member of the Colonial Prospect Lodge #24 Masonic Lodge in Chester, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton NJ 07005.

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