James R. McLaren, 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Middletown, New Jersey, died on September 8th, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina after a brief illness.
Jim was born in Neptune, New Jersey. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He raised his family in Middletown, New Jersey. He and his wife of 53 years, Florence C. McLaren, retired to Naples, Florida, where they lived until Florence's death in 2003.
He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Naples. Following his retirement, Jim became an avid golfer and member of the Royal Wood and Lakewood Country Clubs. "Poppy" or “Big Jim”, as he was known by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, was a friend to many. He was handy, able to fix or make most anything. Prior to his retirement from federal civil service at Fort Monmouth, he worked hard his entire life to provide for his family. When not working, he was racing go-carts with his sons, attending their swim meets at a local beach club, or building their first cars.
Jim was also predeceased by his parents, Hattie M. and Thomas S. McLaren; brother, Thomas H. McLaren; and sister, Margaret M. Smith, all formerly of Neptune, New Jersey.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marlene McLaren of Naples, Florida;
two sons, James T. McLaren and wife Patricia S. McLaren; and Russell W. McLaren and wife Mary McLaren all of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Molly C. McLaren, William James McLaren, Travis W. McLaren, Katie March, and Jess March; two great-grandsons, Logan James McLaren and Jayden March; nephew Patrick M. Grogan (Shari), nephew Charles Grogan, niece Marjorie Goforth (Bill), niece Bonnie Rockel, nephew Richard Smith (Pat), and niece Kathy S. McLaren.
Celebration of Life will be held for Jim at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief at RedCross.org in memory of James R. McLaren, or to the charity of your choice.
Bullock Funeral Home, 1190 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, South Carolina 29150 is in charge of arrangements in Columbia, SC and Fuller Funeral Home 4735 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, FL 34112 is in charge of arrangements in Naples, Florida. Please sign into the family’s online guestbook at www.bullockfuneralhome.com.
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Hugs and prayers to all the members of Jim's family. Jim was a kind man and a good husband.
Submitted by Kay Buffington on Sep 22 2017 06:55:42 PM
Dear Jim and Pat,
Please accept our deepest condolences and prayer. God bless you and your family.
Dick and Carolyn Whiting
Submitted by Dick Whiting on Sep 20 2017 12:25:04 PM
Jim and Pat: I am so sorry for your loss and will keep the family in my prayers.
Submitted by Catherine Hendrix on Sep 20 2017 11:56:07 AM
I didn't know Mr. McLaren, Sr. but I know his son, Jim, and he is an amazing man. For Mr. McLaren to have raised such an insightful, compassionate and gifted man as Jim, he must have been a pretty amazing man himself. I am so sorry for your loss. - Mary Fran
Submitted by Mary Fran Quindlen on Sep 20 2017 11:54:30 AM
We go way back with "Big Jim", since high school for Pat and the 70s for me, so we shared lots of fun times together with Jim and sweet Flo, and then with Jim and his dearest Marlene, who will miss him so. What a lucky man to have had those wonderful women in his life, along with such great sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We know how much Jim will be missed and hope that the grief will soon be replaced by all the loving memories. May he rest in peace. Love to all,
Sandi & Pat Parise
Submitted by Sandra & Patrick Parise on Sep 20 2017 11:03:50 AM
We are extremely saddened by Jim's sudden passing.
I am glad that we got to spend some time with BigJim this year.
All we could wish for in life is more time with loved ones, we miss you Poppy and will cherish the memories we have with all our hearts,
Deb and Brian
Submitted by Brian and Deb Stoller on Sep 17 2017 06:23:01 PM
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Big Jim. I have many fond memories of golf games and diners at the McLaren's, allowing all to enjoy Big Jim's frank, direct, and candid perspectives. He was one of a kind. It was an honor to have known such a great person and I know you guys will miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Dennis Dabney
Submitted by Dennis on Sep 17 2017 01:49:45 PM
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