James S.T.S Ely, Jr. Esq.

James S.T.S Ely, Jr. Esq.

03-16-1929 - 11-07-2019
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James S.T.S. Ely, Jr., Esq. 90, a lifelong resident of Rutherford passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Rutherford in 1929 to James S.T.S. Ely and Rosalie (nee Watson), James was a graduate of Rutherford High School in 1946, University of Michigan in 1950 and Rutgers Law School in 1956.

James proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War before beginning his career in law. He practiced for over 50 years for Ely & Ely and later Smith & Ely.

His longtime service to the community included a term as Rutherford Councilman, Borough Attorney, a Bergen County Ethics Committee member, a Masonic Boiling Springs Lodge #152 member for 60 years and Past Master, a member of the Elks Club & Rotary Club, and an Elder and Deacon for the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford. His passions included reading, golf as a member of the Upper Montclair Country Club, tennis, and spending time with his many friends.

Of all, his greatest joy was family; particularly his 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

James was predeceased by his wife Joan (nee Waterhouse) in 2005.

He is survived by his loving and devoted children, J. Christopher Ely and wife Paula, James S. Ely III and wife Elisabeth, Nancy Ely-Maskal, and John Ely; his sister, Cookie Scherba; his grandchildren, Lauren Torjussen, Adam Ely, Alex Ely, Sarah Ely, Margaret Nagy, Emily Ely, and Jessica Maskal; and his great-grandchildren, Payton Torjussen and Charlotte Torjussen.

Family will receive friends Friday, November 15th from 4-8pm at the Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 10am at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 East Passaic Ave., Rutherford with Interment following at Hillside Cemetery, 742 Rutherford, Ave., Lyndhurst, 07071.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Masonic Charity Foundation, 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ 08016.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home
    19 Lincoln Avenue
    RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 10:00am
    First Presbyterian Church
    One East Passaic Avenue
    RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Peter Wilkinson
  • Interment

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 11:45am
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 11:45am
    Hillside Cemetery
    742 Rutherford Avenue
    LYNDHURST, NJ 07071
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Marion Van Blarcum

Posted at 01:31pm
John Ely & family, My Condolences to the entire Ely Family in the passing of your Dad, May the memory of Mr. Ely live on in each & every one of you. Tears can heal, Memories can comfort & love lives on forever.


Andy Jones

Posted at 02:44pm
Although I worked closer with the Wes side of Smith & Ely, I have had the pleasure of knowing Jim for 24 years and greatly appreciated his legal assistance and his friendship. To Chris, who I have known almost as long, and the entire Ely family, I wish my sincerest condolences.

Janie Grindler Feinberg

Posted at 09:22am
Heaven is welcoming another wonderful man.
Jim & my Dad were great friends.
Sending love & sympathy to his loved ones.
Praying he & my
Dad are reunited in heaven & reminiscing about the good ole days.

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Posted at 05:06pm
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Gus Traficante

Posted at 11:07am
Jim & Family,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. I hope the many memories formed over the course of his life will help you in your grieving process.

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