James Dale Ryer, Jr. of Cliffwood Beach, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, May 17th. He was 71 years old. Jim was born on an air force base in Sampson, NY and raised in NJ. His parents were the late James Dale Ryer, Sr. and Florence (Heisch-Ryer) Embry. In 1968 he married Jean Trenery and moved to Woodbridge Township, NJ. He later married Judy Rodriguez and after living in South River for many years, wound up settling in Cliffwood Beach.
Jim was an avid sports and music fan and collector, guitar player, trivia lover and well known for his easy temperament, patience and sense of humor. He was the owner and operator of Jim's Catering for many years, and will be greatly missed by many.
In addition to his parents, Jim is predeceased by his sister, Winifred Ryer and his stepfather, Jess H. Embry. He is survived by his children, James D. Ryer, III of Albany, NY, Timothy J. Ryer and his wife, Lisa A. Ryer of E. Brunswick, NJ, and Holly K. Ryer of Sparta, NJ, as well as his grandchildren Dianna Ryer, Victoria Ryer, Leyna Ryer, Brett Ryer and Brad Ryer.
A burial service will be held at Shoreland Memorial Gardens located on Rt. 35 in Hazlet, NJ on Friday, June 2nd at 11AM. A private service will be held later in the day for close family members and friends.