James Marshall Strom

February 12, 1929October 26, 2020

James Marshall Strom of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020. After several years of declining health, James died peacefully with his beloved daughter Karen by his side.

He was born in Philadelphia on February 12, 1929, to father Frank Alvin Strom and mother Edith Burns Strom. The second youngest of ten children, Jim didn’t have the opportunity for a college education. In order to help out his family, he enlisted in the Army at age 17 and was stationed as a military police officer with the occupation forces in Germany from 1946-47. At the end his military duty, Jim returned home and became a Philadelphia police officer. Never one to sit idle, after a 28-year career he worked on the maintenance team at Methodist Hospital for another 27 years before retiring at the age of 83. Jim loved the Jersey shore and no visit would be complete without swinging by a local casino for “all-you-can-eat” mussels and video poker. He was a kind soul and never met a stranger.

He met the love of his life, Julia Rita Masciantonio and they married in 1956. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings; his brothers Charlie and Frank, as well as his sisters Thelma, Edyth, Ann, Florence, Dorothy, Betty, and Ruth. He is survived by his daughter Karen Maria (John) McGoff and grandchild Ava Elizabeth McGoff of Indianapolis.

The family would like to thank his longtime caregiver, Jerry Fuller, as well as the staff at Transitions Hospice and Kesslerwood Place. Due to COVID, a private service for Jim is planned for the family. People wishing to honor Jim’s lifelong commitment to family and friends can make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.



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John Wiley

November 6, 2020

Will be missed! Was a good friend!

Paula Zuzulock

November 5, 2020

Jimmy was a kind , funny and thought neighbor to me and my family! May he rest in peace! 🙏🙏🙏

Paula Sassano Flynn

November 5, 2020

Mr. Strom always always had a nice smile and a friendly word. Hard working kind man. God Bless him 💝

Lisa Wingerter

November 5, 2020

Will always remember the kind person and jokester Jim was. It was a pleasure to be neighbors with Jim n his family.
Karen glad we had the chance to be friends with your Dad n you. We enjoyed our coffee get togethers.
May your Dad rest in peace now.
RIP Jim.
Your buddy Peaches, Lisa and George

Tracy Reidy

November 5, 2020

Jimmy you always had that little twinkle in your eye at lunch when you and Dad were together at the same table. I always loved your smile. You will be greatly missed by all. Rest peacefully in heaven my dear Jimmy. Tracy Caldwell Reidy

Billy Phillips

November 5, 2020

RIP Jimmy, it was always a pleasure to see your smiling face when we worked together, you will always be remembered by the guys at the 1st District...

Daniel Lerro

November 5, 2020

Papa Strom was such a sweet and humble man. I so enjoyed sitting on the couch and talking with him the many times throughout the years when I visit. Karen and her Mom would be in the kitchen, preparing something wonderful until we got the booming IT"S READY from Julie. I know that he is happy now and they are back together, and that is what makes me smile. He had a wonderful daughter who took the very best care of him while he was here on this earth. He will surely be watching over her now with an everlasting and undying love. RIP Papa Strom. Love you


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