James Richard McLaren, Sr.

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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.