James B. Senior, 73, died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at Daylesford Crossing in Paoli after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years Ann Marie (Oestreich) Senior of North Wales. He is the devoted father to Katherine and husband Mark Urbanski of Berwyn, Jaclyn and husband Howie Brown of Chestnut Hill, and Garrett T. Senior of North Wales. Jim is the loving "Gramps" to Henry, Alice, Luke and Grace. He is also survived by his sister Myra and husband Ronald DiNicola of Collegeville, his brother Bishop Timothy C. Senior of Wynnewood, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and relatives.
Born in Philadelphia, Jim grew up in Ambler as the eldest son of the late James Harwood and Elise (Rothwell) Senior. He graduated with honors from Wissahickon High School and earned a BA in English from Temple University. He received a full scholarship to attend graduate school at Villanova University where he received his MA in English. Jim spent 35 years at Unisys Corporation, working his way up to the roles of Vice President of Marketing & Communications and Executive Speechwriter. Prior to retiring from Unisys, Jim moderated executive panels at the University of Pennsylvania for its EMTM graduate program.
Jim was a prolific writer and published countless articles, short stories, and poems. He participated in a spin-off of the Philadelphia Writers Organization, meeting regularly at the Cherry Street Tavern in Philadelphia. An amateur actor, Jim appeared in several productions at Montgomery Theatre in Souderton. In his spare time, Jim served on and led a variety of boards, including the North Wales Library, St. Rose of Lima Parish Council and the Upper Gwynedd Township Parks & Recreation Board.
Jim was a Renaissance man and voracious reader. He traveled globally for his work, was an avid fly fisher and golfer, and loved the Phillies. Jim was a devout Catholic and served as a lector at Saint Rose of Lima Parish for nearly 50 years. He began studies to become a permanent deacon prior to his Alzheimer's diagnosis. Jim was an exceptional husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Rose of Lima Church, 424 S. Main St., North Wales, PA 19143 followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private. Remembrances in his name to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 5300 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143 would be appreciated by the family.
Tributes and photos may be shared at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com
James' Livestream Funeral Mass Link: https://youtu.be/lKieKRdeAYQ
"Sincerest condolences to the entire Senior family. Jim was my colleague at Unisys for nearly 20 years. He was unfailingly kind, thoughtful and fun to be around. I enjoyed talking to him about literature, cultural topics and our mutual memories of growing up in Philadelphia and the northwest suburbs. I was impressed that Jim knew a good deal about my grandfather, T. A. Daly, a longtime Philadelphia newspaper columnist and poet of everyday life. He would make sure to point out references to Grandpa Daly when he ran across them. Jim was a true gentleman whose decency inspired me to try (with sporadic success) to be as kind and forbearing as he was. I will always remember him fondly. "
"Offering my sincerest condolences and prayers to the family.
"I?ve known the Senior family for 45 years and during that time, Jim became a big brother to me, helping to shape my career and providing counsel and inspiration along the way. He hired me fir my first corporate job and was my first boss and mentor. We shared a common love of writing, literature and fishing. He was an incredibly talented writer and editor, and also a powerful reader with a rich radio voice. I?ll never forget his readings on ?A Child?s Christmas In Wales? at holiday parties at the Senior home reader. He was just a wonderful man who left a deep mark on all who knew home. My deepest condolences to the entire family. - Jim Kerr"