James Scott

Obituary of James Scott

James "Jimmy" Scott, longtime resident of Somerset, passed away suddenly on Sunday Feb.3. He was surrounded by good friends, fired up and ready to watch the Super Bowl. Jimmy would cringe at the idea of calling attention to himself, but undeniably, his presence was always noticed and felt by those who know and love him. He is the deeply loved son of Eileen and Samuel Scott (deceased), brother to Patti Scott, Kathie Scott Daniel, Maureen Scott Zandanel, and Dennis Scott (deceased), most beloved uncle to Amanda and Brianna Daniel, Samantha, Nina, and Mark Zandanel, Briagh and Michaela Hoskins-Hasbury, brother in law to Blake Daniel, Mark Zandanel, and Dave Hasbury, and nephew to Jerry Lantier (Washington Twp). And there are many who are proud to say that Jimmy is their good friend, most especially his very closest friend Renee Fiorilla. A smart, straight forward, honest, and always fair business man, Jim ran Scott Realty in Highland Park, the family business started by his grandparents in the 30's, carried forward by his father Sam in the 1960's, and led by his mother Eileen since 1975. Jimmy was a board member of Neighbours International, a tireless fundraiser for Neighbours, Inc, and a supporter of East Millstone's Canal Fest. But to his nieces and nephew, Jimmy (affectionately known as Unka Bunka) earned the status of "Most Awesome Uncle", faithfully showing up as their biggest fan through years of baseball, lacrosse, and field hockey games, or dance, theater, and concert performances, or as honored guest at school "Special Persons Day". Jimmy paid great attention to each and every one of his nieces and nephew, not only to their moments of accomplishment, but in small special times he created with each one of them -- a day at the beach, out for a movie or dinner, or off to see a play or the Giants together. And, the annual family "Christmas Carol" adventure Jimmy hosted each year. To his family, he was the best of friends...and to the people Jimmy would call his friends, he was a brother. As a son, he provided loving support to his mother until her recent death. From his early days forward Jimmy forged long lasting friendships through "doing stuff" -- or nothing at all -- together. Whether it was dirt bikes and snow mobiles, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping, tennis or golf, and going to the racetrack, playing poker or visiting AC or Las Vegas (where he proved to be an extremely lucky gambler), or traveling to Europe, Florida, Vermont, or the Islands, stories of adventures, or just great "hang outs" together, were born that would be shared for years to come, binding Jimmy and his friends and family together. Jimmy held an amazing gift for drawing people together, and connecting people to each other through their relationship with him. Quietly, and almost invisibly, Jimmy served as the glue that keeps people together. It was never about "him", it was always about "us"...and that will forever be missed. We will be celebrating Jimmy's life on Thursday February 7th, from 11am to 1:30pm at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home (40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton NJ). Directly following (2pm to 5pm), everyone is invited to gather at one of Jimmy's favorite places, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room (at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square E Princeton NJ). Funeral on Friday February 8th, 10:30 to 11:30am at Mather Hodge. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Neighbours, Inc 49 Woodbridge Ave, Highland Park NJ 08904 OR The American Heart Association
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