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James Joseph Reo

October 15, 1947 - January 8, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Vietnam Veteran awarded the National Defense Medal


Service Date: January 16, 2019

In Lieu of Flowers: a donation to your favorite charity or Jim's charity St. Jude's Cancer Research for Children.

Obituaries » James Joseph Reo

James Joseph “Jim” Reo, passed away on Tuesday, January 8th 2019 at 8:48 am ending a year long battle with small cell lung cancer.

He endured the complications, and did not retire from working full time as a lifelong leader in the international shipping industry for which he dedicated almost 50 years of his life. His reputation within the business was proceeded only by his kindness and candor when working with others. He was born in Newark to James N. & Grace (Labato) Reo and grew up in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. He was the oldest of four brothers and one sister Mary Jane (Reo) Iwashko previously deceased August 2006.

Jim raised his family in Stanhope before moving south to Chesapeake, Virginia.

Jim proudly served as a “Seabea” in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1972, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded a National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.
With an associate’s degree he earned attending night school at Union College, his career began at the Port in Elizabeth with Primi Shipping. He received tenure with TFL and P&O Nedlloyd which positioned him at the top of the industry. His time with CMA-CGM would become a platform to create an industry wide chassis pool CCM, where he worked as the director of M&R.
Music, Family, the Yankees, the Devils, the Giants and fishing were some of Jimmy’s passions. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion post 278 and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8240 in Chesapeake, VA. He enjoyed volunteering to sell Christmas trees for the Prince of Peace Catholic Church fundraiser each year and was also an proud volunteer usher in the church.

Survivors include his loving wife of 23 years, Vera Ann ‘Missy’ (Roche) Reo; his sons: Jimmy, Joseph and his wife Eva, Ryan, & AJ ‘Anthony Joseph’; his daughter, Elizabeth and her husband James Lengyel; his brothers: Vinnie, Frankie, and Richie; his five grandchildren: Alex, Joey, Nick, Thalia, and Ari.

Visiting hours are on Tuesday, January 15 from 2-4 and 7-9p.m. at the Par -Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany 973-887-3235 or visit Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:00am at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church. 75 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls with luncheon details to follow; In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity or Jim’s charity St. Jude’s Cancer Research for Children P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 300 Memphis, TN 38148.