James MacStravic

James Alan MacStravic Sr.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 1938 - Friday, January 18th, 2019
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James Alan MacStravic, age 80, of Willingboro, NJ passed away while surrounded by loving family on Friday, January 18, 2019.

“Jim” MacStravic was born in Boston, MA and raised in Arlington, MA. After graduating from MIT in 1961 , Jim joined the US Army Signal Corps in Georgia for his compulsory military duty. When the Berlin Wall was erected, he became “frozen in service” and moved with his family to Germany for three years. Jim spent a year in Ft. Meade, Maryland, before moving his family to Willingboro, NJ so that he could complete his masters degree in engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. The family remained in Willingboro for the next 50+ years.

Jim spent a year serving his country in Vietnam after which he commuted to Ft. Monmouth until a stint at the Armed Forces Staff College, a six week course at Language School and a full year’s unaccompanied tour to Saudi Arabia. His remaining years in service were at TRITAC in Red Bank, NJ, never ever moving his family from Willingboro. Jim retired from the Army after 20 years of service. He went to work for RCA in Camden, staying through five corporate mergers in his 35 years there, always keeping the same phone number.

Jim was definitely a family man. He was a Webelos Scout leader for all three sons over a 15- year span, a Girl Scout Cadette leader for his daughters, and helped out at many a camp out. He was also a referee for the South Jersey Soccer League, and even performed as “Mother Ginger” in a local production of “The Nutcracker.”

Jim loved the Corpus Christi Choir. He was a member for more than forty years and sang with the choir up until his death. He served his church as a cantor for many years and was the “Wednesday Lector” at daily Mass for the last eight. Jim also served in the parish Cohort and was a member of the Parish Council. He was especially proud to be a member of the 6:00 AM Saturday men’s group “That Man is You.”
Jim was a gentle man with a terrific sense of humor. As one dear friend said, “He was unique.” We will all miss him greatly.

Jim is survived by his beloved spouse, Elin MacStravic (nee Evans); children, Jimmy MacStravic Jr. (Erin), Irene MacStravic, Barbara Burgett (Kit), Elin Wicks, Larry MacStravic (Jennifer), Marci Morgan (Patrick), Matt MacStravic (Elaine); brothers, Scott MacStravic (Sue), Brian MacStravic (Liz); 15 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 9:30AM to 11:00 AM immediately followed by Mass of the Christian Burial, both at Corpus Christi Church, 11 S Sunset Road, Willingboro, NJ 08046. Interment will be Monday, January 28th at 11:30 AM at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940. Memorial donations can be made to Corpus Christi St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    11 South Sunset Road
    Willingboro, NJ 08046
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    11 South Sunset Road
    Willingboro, NJ 08046
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Monday, January 28th, 2019 11:30am
    Washington Crossing National Cemetery
    830 Highland Rd,
    Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 02:30pm
Please accept my deepest condolences to your family. I would like to offer encouragement to your family for the loss of your loved one. The Bible offers immense comfort and many wonderful promises from God foretelling an end to our enemy death. The scriptures at Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever…”. Also at Revelation 21:4 it says, “And He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Please read these verses in your Bible and feel free to find additional comforting scriptures at

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 08:08am
Dear MacStravic family:

I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to your entire family. Losing a loved one in death is one of the hardest things that anyone will ever have to deal with. There is a great hope held out to us for the future because God promises to bring those we lost back to life by means of a resurrection to a paradise earth, where sickness and death will be no more. I hope this brief message will bring you a measure of comfort in this difficult time.

Robert Lisowski

Posted at 10:24am
Dear Elin and the MacStavic Family,
I worked with Jim throughout the years at RCA, GE, MM, LM and L3. He was among the best of the engineering talent at the companies named and contributed greatly to the success of many programs and more importantly to the security of this country. Always a gentleman, eager to educate and inform others, he anchored many engineering teams. Knowing Jim was on a program gave confidence to the management and to the customers as well.

We dedicate a novena of prayers at Mass by the Sisters of St Joseph of Chestnut Hill, PA in his memory and for your family. (My older sister was a St Joe nun until she died.)

May God's embrace be with you at this time. May our Lord and Healer, Jesus Christ lift you up.

Bob Lisowski, (retired) VP, Space and Sensor Systems, L3

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