In loving memory of

James J. Roynan
January 6, 1936 - August 11, 2021

James J. Roynan, of Ambler PA., died peacefully on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, PA. He was 85 years old.

Born in Flourtown, he was the son of the late James A. and Gertrude (Becker) Roynan.

Mr. Roynan was a 1954 graduate of Springfield High School and honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1962. He was employed for many years as a Production Scheduler at SPS Technologies until his retirement in 1998.

Jim was a passionate sports fan and loved his Philadelphia sports teams. He was also an avid fan of Notre Dame football. Jim loved to read. He eschewed current digital and audio books in favor of his preferred paperbacks. Jim would often read two books a week. But more than anything else, Jim loved his family. He looked forward to the opportunities he had to spend time celebrating with them.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Nicolina "Nicci" (nee Ciliberto). He is the devoted father of James P. Roynan and his wife Susan, of Warrington; Michael J. Roynan and his wife Maureen, of Perkasie; and Kathleen R. Muscarella and her husband David, of Worcester. He is the dear grandfather of six grandchildren: David (Kristen), Emily, and Timothy Roynan; Matthew and Megan Roynan; and Antonio Muscarella; and two great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Jacob Roynan. Jim is the brother of Cathleen Ford (the late Ronald), Mary Ciliberto (Anthony "Tut"), Anne Ketner (Barry), and William Roynan (Rosemary).

Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home, 1111 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002 and on Monday, August 16, 2021 from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 259 Forest Ave. Ambler, PA 19002. The Words of Remembrance will begin at 10:45 AM, followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Stephen P. McHenry. Interment will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory to St. Anthony of Padua Church Memorial Fund, 259 Forest Ave. Ambler, PA 19002, would be appreciated by the family.

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Joseph Harrington wrote on Aug 15, 2021:

"I first met Jim when I started working at SPS in October 1968 . I was the son of the third shift superintendent and was thought to be there only because of my father . Jim sat down and told me not to let what the others said bother me that I could make my own way on my own merits . We became good friends and I will always remember Jim fondly . He was a very good man and I will always think of his smile and easy going personality . I do have his grandson Matt living next door to me now and I just want to wish everyone in Jim's family best wishes in your time of loss and great memories of Jim. "

Darci Sandstrom Rudolph wrote on Aug 14, 2021:

"Uncle Jim, wasn't just my uncle he was my Godfather also. He was with me every day I travelled for treatment and that was a very special time for us. All the chatting on the way there and then home. All the years growing up vacationing at Ship Bottom. Parties and life events. He was always there with words of wisdom and comments to be funny. I could write a million words but none of them will truly express how much I loved my Uncle Jim among with everyone else he touched in his 85 years. I was blessed to half him in my life and his spirit will always be with us all."

Cathleen Ford wrote on Aug 13, 2021:

"Love you, Big Bro! Always have, always will. Miss you. Cathleen Roynan Ford. "