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James R. Beattie

August 31, 1935May 31, 2021
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BEATTIE, James R., 85, of Montvale, NJ, passed away on Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Irene (nee Jacq); his children James III and Janice; and his adoring grandchildren Caitlin, Brian, James Mawdsley and Jennifer Mawdsley as well as his niece and nephews Catherine Dolan, Thomas Dolan and David Dolan. He is predeceased by his sister Barbara Dolan.

Jim was born in Passaic, NJ and raised in Clifton, NJ. Upon graduating high school, Jim went on to graduate Rutgers University in 1957 with a Bachelors degree in Economics. In 1960, he obtained his LLB from the University of Notre Dame. Jim served in the Army National Guard immediately following college. It was there that he met Ralph Padovano, his future law partner of 38 years. Jim started his own practice in 1961 and Ralph joined him in 1970. Jim was very active in the community, belonging to the Tri-Boro Ambulance Corps Board Of Directors, Park Ridge Rotary, Greater Montvale Business Assoc., Montvale Athletic League, St. Joseph High School Board of Consultants, Bergen Community College Foundation, Judicial Selection Committee, Bergen County Bar Assoc., Hackensack Hospital Foundation, Hillcrest Health Services System, Commerce & Industry Assoc. of NJ, Foundation for Free Enterprise, Academic Decathlon, March Of Dimes, American Health Assoc., Montvale Republican Club, Bergen 2000 Club and Focus Bergen. Jim loved spending his summers with his family on the beach in Brigantine, NJ. He also was an avid NY Giants and Notre Dame Fighting Irish sports fan.

The family will receive guests at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood, NJ on Thursday, June 3rd from 3-8PM. A Mass celebrating James' life and faith will be held at R.C. Church Of The Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ on Friday, June 4th at 10AM with entombment at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ to follow. Memorial contributions can be made in James' name to the University Of Notre Dame Law School @ Giveto.ND.Edu/law-fund or Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation @ HackensackUMC.Org/Donate

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 3, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, June 4, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, June 4, 2021

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Tom Dolan

June 3, 2021

Tom Dolan

June 3, 2021

Linda Hanlon

June 3, 2021

My sincere condolences to Irene and family. Jim was a warm and generous person. I will never forget his kindness when I first started my career in the Pascack Valley area. May he Rest In Peace and may the wonderful memories bring comfort in the days to come. He will surely be missed by all.

Tom Dolan

June 2, 2021

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