OBITUARY

James J. Slowey Jr.

June 27, 1959April 14, 2018

James J. (“Jim”) Slowey, Jr.

James J. Slowey, Jr., was born on June 27, 1959 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and passed away unexpectedly on April 14, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. James was born and raised in New Jersey and is survived by his mother; his wife, (Elizabeth “Lizz” Slowey); his sisters and an extended family of nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and colleagues. He is predeceased by his father, James J. Slowey; maternal and paternal grandparents; and his loving dog and faithful companion (Sebastian).

James attended Pace University in New York City and built an amazing career trajectory, 30 years, in the beauty packaging industry, most recently as VP of Sales & Marketing for Baralan USA, formerly Arrowpak USA, heading all US domestic markets. He began his career in the New York Office, followed by California, where he met his wife, and Florida. He was highly regarded as knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated and a “True Professional” in the business and “fixture” at nearly all trade shows and events, where he loved to represent and speak about the packaging industry and his company’s many capabilities.

Jim was a loving, caring and highly devoted and supportive husband, son, brother, uncle and friend who loved life, long walks along the beach, golf, travel, a good read and keeping up on the latest local, national and international happenings, from politics to pop culture. He was a connoisseur of “all information” always coming up with answers on Jeopardy, and often stated that his brain was a “repository and collection of useless information.” He was a “foodie” at heart, always willing to try new things and order the most interesting menu options and would often decide on dinner based on his latest online finds! He loved Starbucks Coffee (black or double expresso), often citing its flavor consistency based on his worldwide travels and enjoyed the occasional “Maker’s Mark Bourbon,” his signature drink. He was loved for his quick wit, unparalleled humor and his ability to welcome strangers and friends alike…A “gentleman,” who was kind, compassionate and never missed the opportunity to lend a helping hand. Jim was a man of “Great Catholic Faith,” who always carried his rosary beads in his pocket and was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Assembly 651 of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Jim was loved, liked and will be greatly missed by all who knew him, professionally and personally. This world has lost a gem…A “True Gentleman.”

Family, Friends and Others, whose lives he touched directly and indirectly are invited to celebrate his life and honor his memory during his memorial service, held at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, May 4th at 11am, followed by a luncheon at noon on church premises, 2000 Marietta Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

  • FAMILY

  • Elizabeth Slowey, Wife
  • Rita M. Slowey, Mother
  • Karen Brunner, Sister
  • Susan Wieneke, Sister
  • Geraldine Natali, Sister
  • James Slowey also leaves behind Extended Family of Nieces, Nephews, Godchildren, In-Laws, Friends and Colleagues

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, May 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Elizabeth Slowey

May 5, 2018

James J. Slowey
May 4th, 2018
St. Sebastian Church, Fort Lauderdale
(Intro)

There is Chinese Proverb that states that there are those that are destined to meet, despite the time, the place, despite the circumstance…This proverb is called the “Invisible Thread.” The thread may tangle, tighten but never be broken. Such is the thread and bond that will forever hold us close to our loved ones, My Loved One, Jim. Today we are here to celebrate the life of James J. Slowey, Jr., to most of you, “Jim,” to the younger ones, “Uncle Jim” and in my case, “My Love, My Life, My Best Friend.”

Elizabeth Slowey

May 5, 2018

James J. Slowey
May 4th, 2018
St. Sebastian Church, Fort Lauderdale
(Part I)

Today, we celebrate Jim among family, friends (old friends, new friends), acquaintances and colleagues…I, perhaps being the fortunate one to have had the opportunity of sharing all facets during our life together for the last 20 years. And while I feel cheated, saddened and even angry that he was taken from me so untimely, I Thank God, for the privilege of marrying a loving, dedicated, hard-working, highly supportive, intelligent and genuine person. My Husband was my “Biggest Fan” and my “Biggest Challenger,” his unyielding support, transparent no-nonsense communication style and unconditional love were always apparent. I can truly say with great conviction, that My Husband Jim was a wonderful man, a rarity in today’s world. He was a “True Gentleman,” a man who showed a great deal of empathy towards others, someone that would go above and beyond to help, no matter the circumstance…He was a humble man with a caring spirit!

There are no words that can possibly express how much I loved him and how much I will miss him, nothing seems to mitigate my pain…my great loss, except the words and sentiments expressed by many of you that seem to echo what I have always known of him…he was loved, liked, cared for and respected. For those that got to know him, or spend any time at all with him, they quickly realize his natural ability to welcome strangers and friends alike…his unparalleled humor and quick wit, would win people over without hesitation. There was a certain charm about him, perhaps it was his deep voice or the way he would speak about something and you never knew if he was serious or joking…nonetheless, at the end, we would all laugh. He was the one that taught me, “If you speak about something with authority and conviction, everyone will follow!”

Elizabeth Slowey

May 5, 2018

James J. Slowey
May 4th, 2018
St. Sebastian Church, Fort Lauderdale
(Part II)
As stated in his obituary, Jim was a loving, caring and highly devoted and supportive husband, son, brother, uncle and friend who loved life, long walks along the beach, golf, travel, a good read and keeping up on the latest local, national and international happenings, from politics to pop culture and even silly television shows. He was a connoisseur of “all information” always coming up with answers on Jeopardy, and often stated that his brain was a “repository and collection of useless information.” He was a “foodie” at heart, always willing to try new things and order the most interesting menu options and would often decide on dinner based on his latest online finds! He loved Starbucks Coffee (black or double expresso), often citing its flavor consistency based on his travels and enjoyed “Maker’s Mark Bourbon,” his “Signature Drink.” Jim also loved the Boston Red Sox, Converse Sneakers and wearing “fun socks” to liven up his professional attire! Of course, It was my guilty pleasure to gift him socks on special occasions to increase his sock repertoire! There are many special places that Jim loved, but none were more special to him than New York City, especially Central Park, which brings back so many beautiful memories of long walks with our Sebastian, always on the hunt for new pathways, having coffee in front of the Conservatory Water Pond or going for a run around the Jacquie O’ Reservoir…he also loved Pebble Beach Golf Course in California, where he last played golf with his Father and Long Beach Island in New Jersey (Jersey Shore), which brought back many childhood memories of family vacations and summers as a kid. His love of the beach was undeniable.

Elizabeth Slowey

May 5, 2018

James J. Slowey
May 4th, 2018
St. Sebastian Church, Fort Lauderdale

There are just so many things about him…so many things I will miss, especially the little things…the little things that right now mean the world to me. The daily morning texts or handwritten note exchanges, depending on who would leave home first, wishing each other a “highly positive and productive day” or just an “I love you” or “Love you More.” The getting ready for bed at night and rushing through to be the first one in bed, otherwise it would be your turn to bring “Jesus,” - our evening blessing. The early weekend wake-up calls to watch the sunrise and our walks or bike rides along the beach. Our life was simple, certainly not dull, we lived on our own terms…he loved me and that I know. I loved him and that he knew. We lived for each other and even after 20 years, we still enjoyed one another, each other’s company for sure. Don’t get me wrong, ours was not the perfect marriage, but it was “our marriage,” how we chose to live…and I am grateful for our time together.

My Jim...My Love, My Life, My Best Friend:

Thank you for the wonderful 20 years of life together...The love, the laughter, the unyielding support, the good times, the difficult times...All times. Each and every single day I will cherish for the rest of my life. As we would constantly say to each other lyrics from the popular song, “You are my sunshine…My only Sunshine…”
As certain as the day when I first met you and said, "I’m going to marry you one day," I know you'll always be by my side and our paths will cross again someday. – Your Wife, Lizz

Maritza Fernandez

May 4, 2018

Having only met him once, I don't have long stories about memories shared. But I do have a short story about the impact that Jim made on me and my circle of friends. It was at Ellen's Christmas party a little over a year ago that my husband and I met Jim. Immediately we were drawn to his warmth and ability to include everyone around him in conversation. I remember thinking, this is a really nice guy and he reminds me somehow of my own husband... I'd like for us to get to know him better. Months later I learned that Jim had gone over to my friend Nancy's house to help her tape up her windows in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Nancy gushed as she told me how selfless Jim was in coming over (since he obviously had his own hurricane prep to do) and how much his presence calmed her fears. Suspicion confirmed. Jim truly was a nice guy, one of the rare ones. He did things for others in the background of life, not to be noticed but just to serve and in his own way, to love. It was apparent by how free Lizz was to be herself that she was well loved at home and fully supported. My heart breaks for you, Lizz as you have to find a "new normal" that is in fact, quite abnormal. Just know that the love you had for each other inspired others and testified to the power of what God joins together. May God keep you and comfort you, Lizz as you live out the rest of your days here, secure in the knowledge that you will forever be with your beloved Jim... there.

Maureen Slowey Capozzi

May 4, 2018

Liz , what a beautiful memorial and tribute to Jim
Please know you are forever a “SLOWEY “ and we will LOVE YOU always
We were happy to be part of and included in his celebration of life
You did a fine job and your LOVE was very apparent
It was a pleasure to meet your beautiful family who loved Jim immensely
You will always be in my thoughts and prayers

Maurizio Ercoli

May 3, 2018

I ask the Creator: Why did you take him away?

Away from his family who loved him, away from his job, away from his hopes, away from his projects, away from his friends, away from all of us who loved him as a member of our family.

I'll miss you, Jim, for sure I'll miss you.

I’ll miss your smile, your sense of humor, your "low" voice that enchanted us when you sang, your reassuring presence and so on.

I will never forget you, my Friend, NEVER

Rest in peace and protect Elizabeth and all Yor Family

Maurizio

Dana Fairhurst

May 3, 2018

Jim will be greatly missed at Baralan USA. I will miss his visits to the New York office as he always encouraged his co-workers to do their best and had a positive attitude. I will always remember his sense of humor which would always make me smile.

ROSEMARIE JOHNSTON

May 3, 2018

Dear Lizz,
There are not enough words to say how much Jim will be missed. He was one of a kind, if you had a problem he was there to help you in any way he could.....
He asked me fix one of the bill of lading that I did for him, I guess it was not exactly what he wanted,
so we had a little argument , I started to laugh and so did he, which led us to be very good friends....
Rest In Peace Friend......

Marie Jannicola

May 3, 2018

This is one of the hardest things that I ever had to do. Saying goodbye to a great co-worker, boss and a friend. Whenever you came to New York (though I said to you many times that you should never have left) you would always come into my office to say Good Morning which alone was a pleasure. I will always remember little things you told me to help me in the warehouse looking for bottles or caps just to make it a little easier. I could write a book of all the good things you did for our company. Always a gentleman and you will be greatly missed by all.