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Brig. Gen. James J. DiBella (Retired)

Obituary for Brig. Gen. James J. DiBella (Retired)

November 19, 2017
Brigantine, New Jersey


Brig. Gen. James J. DiBella (Retired), 79, of Brigantine passed away at home with his family by his side on Sunday November 19, 2017. Jim was born in Williamsport Pa. He was a graduate of Lock Haven University with a degree in teaching. He was an elementary school math teacher with the Abington School District. He was a lifelong business entrepreneur who owned many businesses in Pennsylvania. Jim also proudly served his country in the Army National Guard for over 30 years attaining the rank of Brigadier General. Jim enjoyed boating and fishing. Mostly importantly he was a devoted family man and a friend to many. He is a member of the American Legion. He belonged to Nase-Kraft Post 255 in Sellersville, Pa. and Captain Walter M. Gearty Post 315 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife Joanne (nee Bittner), his son James Wynn DiBella Sr. (Lisa) and his daughter Lisa DiBella-Vargo (Jacob). He is also survived by his grandchildren James Wynn DiBella Jr, Michael Jack DiBella, Ashley Diane DiBella and his sister Darla Caprio. He is predeceased by his parents Jack and Elizabeth DiBella and his brother Anthony Caprio.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jim's Life Celebration visitation on Saturday November 25, 2017 from 10 to 11am at St Thomas Church, 8th Street and Brigantine ave Brigantine. Memorial Mass will follow at 11Am. Inurnment with full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please send donations to the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike Suite 420, Rockville MD. 20850

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Family services by Keates-Plum Funeral Home, Brigantine.

Inurnment with Full Military Honors

Arlington National Cemetery

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Fisher House Foundation
    111 Rockville Pike
    Suite 420
    Rockville, MD 20850

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Keates-Plum Funeral Home

3112 W Brigantine Ave
Brigantine, NJ 08203
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