Goble Funeral Home

22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ


James Patrick Hyland

October 11, 1946December 18, 2019

James (Jim) Patrick Hyland, 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 18, 2019 with his wife Linda by his side. Jim was born on October 11, 1946 in The Bronx, NY and grew up in the Highbridge section. He spent his childhood with his twin brother Johnny, his older brother Michael, and 5 cousins he considered siblings (Patsy, Kay, Evelyn, Rita, and John). After attending Rice High School in Harlem, Jim received his degree from Manhattan College and began working for A&P Supermarkets. Jim was a true food industry veteran of over 30 years and loved what he did. He left A&P as an executive in 2001 and had been working with a real estate investment firm P/A associates ever since. Jim first met his wife, Linda, in the Bronx as a teenager and they have been married for over 49 years. He often referred to her as “the best thing that ever happened to me”. Together they had 4 children and he was a truly devoted family man. In 1979, Jim moved his family to Sparta, NJ where they continue to reside today while spending summers in Hampton Bays, NY. Jim’s true passion was his family both immediate and extended with the reputation of a true humble gentlemen. Jim had a great sense of humor, real compassion for the less fortunate and unwavering drive to help others. He appreciated the simple things in life most and enjoyed beautiful sunsets, drives through the country, summer evening swims at the bay, family gatherings for Sunday football games, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He will be missed beyond measure. In addition to his parents, he is also pre-deceased by his son James (Jimmy) in 1993. He is survived by his wife Linda, his children Courtney, Greg and wife Stacy, Jeremy and wife Michelle, as well as his 6 grandchildren who loved their “POP” Sage, Jimmy, Stella, Dean, Brooke, and Grant to which he found pure joy. He is also survived by 2 brothers, 5 cousins, and countless nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 1pm – 5pm Sunday, December 22nd at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St. Sparta, NJ. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Monday, December 23rd at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, 294 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ. Interment will follow at Sparta Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 23, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 23, 2019


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Catherine Mulley

January 3, 2020

My thoughts of Jim travel way back to the mid-sixties when we all hung out together and traveled the “Irish” circuit in upper Manhattan. Jim was kind of our guardian; he would drive us around (Linda’s girlfriends) to make sure we were safe because, of course, none of us were driving yet.
Even though I had moved away after getting married, I would come back for frequent visits and always tried to see Linda and Jim. We would get together and both of them seemed to be standing on a rock, the same rock, like the one mentioned in the Bible. No shifting sand with them! His conversation never faltered; it always centered around his family and I so admired that. Right down to the last time I saw him in October, Jim’s conversation wasn’t about him. It was about Linda and his children and grandchildren. I could see, though, the tiredness in those beautiful blue eyes of his but his awesome smile was still there! I will miss him, as will his family, but just knowing that he and young Jim are together now, makes me think they are preparing for the day when they will all be together again!
Love you Jim—

Gayle Wagner,Blyth

December 19, 2019

Jim will be missed by all that know him. Jim and Linda are such great people. Time seems to fly in this busy world -and our warm thoughts of the special people in our lives too often go unspoken, even though the feelings are always in our hearts. Jim and Jimmy will be together in heaven, love to my dear friend Linda, my heart hurts for you all. Love, Gayle Wagner Blyth and my husband Steve.

Patsy & Bob Janson

December 19, 2019

We will miss our beloved Jimmy.
Our world will never be the same
without him . We will miss his warmth,
his great sense of humor, his twinkling blue eyes
and most of all his laughter.
We will always remember his wonderful entertaining
"uncle dances" and the memory will help heal our broken hearts.