Joseph Gordon Jims
Born: September 21, 1938 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 24, 2022 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA
Joseph Gordon Jims Jr. 1938 - 2022
Joseph Gordon Jims Jr. (Joe), of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly on December 24, 2022 at his residence. He was 84 years old. The family is saddened by his sudden death. Joe was born September 21, 1938 and grew up in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
Joe is survived by his wife Susan (McCormick/McElaney); children, Joe, John and Jenna (Rodriguez); step-children Kimberly, Kelly, Michael; grandchildren John, Edward, Ingrid and Ian.
Joe was predeceased by his father Joseph, his mother Victoria (Tomchak), brother William, and sister Madeline.
Joe moved to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he met his first wife and started a family. Here he started his teaching career for many years at General Wayne Junior High School (Paoli, PA), and ultimately retired as a guidance counselor from Chichester School District. He then met Sue and moved to Havertown, Pennsylvania where he started his second career as a parking enforcement officer. He enjoyed working with the community and the law enforcement officers.
Joe graduated from Pottsville Catholic High School and went on to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and graduated with an artium baccalaureus in Philosophy. He continued his education and graduated from West Chester University with a Master’s in Education.
Joe had many talents he shared with his family, friends, and the community. Joe was well known by many for the beautiful sound of his strong and confident voice which he put to use singing Gregorian chants, cathedral harmonies, rock and roll, country, folk, and more. When in his seventies, he won first prize in Delaware County’s Senior Idol vocal competition. If it was musical, Joe could sing it and sing it well. He also enjoyed playing guitar, riding motorcycles with his friends, singing in the choir, and watching the Sixers and Eagles win. Joe also enjoyed his time with the West Chester 49ers group and playing Santa since he had a great white natural beard.
Joe was never afraid to stand up to someone. He was tough as nails but enjoyed talking, listening, and greeting everyone. No matter where he went, everyone seemed to like Joe.
There are no words that can express how grateful and blessed we are to those who helped Joe that night of his passing; he was not alone. Also, a heartfelt thank you for the EMTs for doing everything they could; he was just ready.
Interment will be private. Memorial services to announced at a later date.