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James E. Reynolds

d. September 12, 2022

James Earl Reynolds passed away Monday, September 12, 2022, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure, stenosis and neuropathy. He was 83 years old. Jim was born August 1, 1939 in Muncie, Indiana to George and Lula Reynolds. He attended Muncie Central High School where he was a football and track star. He attended Ball State University, continuing his track career there. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education in June 1961. While in college, he met his wife Delores and they were married July 7, 1962. After graduation and marriage, Jim moved with his wife to Cleveland, Ohio where he was employed by the Board of Education and he later worked at the Ford Foundation’s Model Cities Program. He also worked in the department of public utilities. While in Cleveland, he received a master’s degree in public administration from Western Reserve University in 1968. In 1970, Jim and Delores relocated to Philadelphia, where he worked at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell as a management consultant. Later he was controller for the Washington, DC department of transportation and in the department of consumer and regulatory affairs. Jim retired in 1999. Jim was an avid sports fan, remained loyal to his beloved Cleveland Browns and actively followed football, basketball and tennis. Jim was a dedicated runner and often spent his Saturday mornings going on long jogs through West Mt.Airy, his Philadelphia neighborhood. In addition to enjoying sports, he was a true nature lover and enjoyed working in his garden on his peonies and azaleas in his free time. He was passionate about jazz and had a celebrated collection of vinyl. Jim enjoyed spending his weekends cooking and, in retirement, discovered new and interesting recipes. His daughters will always remember Sunday crab boils. In honor of his parents, he consistently prepared and canned relish and stewed tomatoes. Jim was a kind and gentle person. Everyone who met Jim enjoyed his gracious manner, friendly demeanor and his humor, all of which will be greatly missed by his family. Jim is survived by his wife Delores, sister Patricia Faulkner (William Faulkner), daughters Debbie Juantorena (Jorge Juantorena), Jennifer Fisher (Stefan Fisher), grandchildren Sara Juantorena, Julian Juantorena, Ryan Fisher, Connor Fisher, nieces Kendra Franklin and Dana Faulkner-West and several great nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends and acquaintances.
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