James B. Nye

September 17, 1941May 16, 2013

James Bonner Nye, 71, of Sparta, passed away May 16, 2013 at Morristown Medical Center.

Born in Paris, TX, he grew up in Fort Worth. After completing college in Texas, he pursued a career in educational publishing that took him to several states over the years.

When he and his wife, Ilse Wolfe, settled in Sparta, they both viewed the move as a chance to dedicate their time to community involvement.

He was a member of the vestry of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, as well as a trustee of the Sparta Education Foundation.

He became active in politics as well, serving as the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in 2011. At the time of his death, he was the Sparta municipal chair for the party, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Sussex County Democratic Committee and on the Democratic 24th District 2013 Campaign Committee.

At home, he was a voracious reader who handled all the family’s gardening.

A memorial service will be held Sat., May 25, 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Sparta. Survivors include his wife, Ilse Wolfe; daughters Aliya and Ellis Wolfe-Nye, at home; two brothers, Erle, of Dallas, and Benjamin, of Winston-Salem, NC; three sons, Jim Goldsworthy, of Gainesville, TX; Mark Goldsworthy, of Salem, OR; and Benjamin Nye, Plano, TX; a daughter, Michele Aguilera, of Oklahoma City, OK; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James B. Nye Scholarship Fund established for high school seniors. Checks made out to the fund may be sent to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 85 Conestoga Tr., Sparta, 07871.


  • Memorial Service: Saturday, May 25, 2013

James B. Nye

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David Troast

May 30, 2013

To the Nye family,

I am deeply saddened with your loss. Jim was a gentleman and became a friend at Cloveberry. He had the art of conversation into deep and complex subjects. Jim was a caring man who loved his family and Sparta. May God grant you His peace that passes all understanding.

Carolyn Fenton

May 24, 2013

Ilse so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed our chats as your LCC.

May 23, 2013

Ilse, our thoughts, prayers, and deep sympathy are with you during this time. Sue and Glenn Jankowitz (Sparta, NJ)

Brenda Morrison Patterson

May 23, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Nye family. I graduated from Northside High School with Bonner in 1959, and I have always considered him a great friend.

Carl McKee

May 23, 2013

My prayers are with you Ilse and your girls. Bonner and I emailed often, more than weekly and have just recently started talking about planning a 55th reunion for our class from North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas. It is so hard ot accept the idea that he is gone. May God give you comfort during this very difficult time.

Linda Nixon Stegall

May 23, 2013

My heart is sadden about Bonner. We were six when we met and considered each other as each others oldest friend. I know he was living his favorite chapter in his life time. All his Fort Worth friends are thinking of him with fond memories.

Nancy Mullins

May 23, 2013

Jim, my favorite grasshopper, who found the virtues of being an ant in his final sympathies to his wife and children who filled his final years with love and purpose.

Ginny Jones

May 23, 2013

I am so sorry, Ilse. Jim will be missed; his gentle spirit, his kindness and that warm smile will not be forgotten.
I pray God's blessings on you and the girls, where you need the blessings most.

Bob and Linda Heitzman

May 22, 2013

Jim has made such a difference in so many lives and in the life of St. Mary's. His friendship and smile were gifts to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ilse,and with Aliya and Ellis.

Danielle Aubenque

May 22, 2013

I've always considered Jim a mentor. The time I spent with him changed me for the better in a thousand little ways.

I send Ilse and the girls and all of Jim's family my deepest sympathies.

And I hope this time of transition is gentle to you.