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James Joseph Lees

Obituary for James Joseph Lees

March 13, 2018
Margate, New Jersey


Lees, James Joseph, 74, of Margate, NJ passed away on March 13, 2018 at home surrounded by family after a lengthy illness. Born in Atlantic City on February 24, 1944 to David and Peggy (nee McDevitt) Lees, Jim attended Atlantic City Friends School and Pennsylvania Military College where he received a BA in Political Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1966.

After finishing his education, Jim was commissioned in the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. Jim began his civilian career with Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, MD as an engineer in the ship building division. In 1970, he returned to Margate and began a 25 year career at Atlantic City Electric Company where he retired as Vice-President of marketing and rates. After a brief retirement, Jim began a second career by purchasing Kisby Shore Corporation where he later partnered with his son as owners.

Jim was an active member of the community serving on many boards including the Bacharach Hospital Foundation as President, President and Board Member of the Miss America Organization, Director of the Atlantic City Sewerage Company, Board Member of the Atlantic Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Jim is survived by his wife of 46 years Patricia (nee Scioli) and his twin children James Jr. of Longport, NJ and Jennifer Panico (John) of Huntsville, AL. Jim is also survived by his grandchildren, Haley and Logan Lees and Isabella Panico, and his beloved cat Spooky. Jim was an aficionado of European sports cars. He enjoyed traveling the world over and most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held on March 20th 2018 at Holy Trinity Parish, Blessed Sacrament Church at Jerome and Ventnor Avenues in Margate, NJ.

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