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James “Jim” W. East

Berlin–James “Jim” W. East passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born May 16, 1942 in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Donald East and Margaret Flood East Vrazsity. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis East in 2012.
He leaves behind his significant other, Bonnie McAllister, his children; Theresa Marlowe, and her husband, Phillip; Kathleen East, Denise East, James “Jay” East, Daniel Kerstetter, James Blanc and his wife, Nicole, and his grandchildren; Lou Davis, Bryant (Taylor Jones) East, Michael John Shockley, Dylan Shockley, Chelsea Willey, and Tyler Blanc.
Also surviving is his sister Mary Gingell and her husband, Allen; niece Cara Gingell, and nephew Joe Gingell, and numerous nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren of his heart. He was also awaiting the arrival of the next generation due in July, James Camden East.
Jim served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1966. He later worked for Eastman Kodak in New York for 20 years. After moving to the Ocean City area, Jim worked as a maintenance/construction supervisor, and most recently, for Habitat for Humanity in Salisbury.
He was a member of the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion, Post #123, the Berlin-Ocean City Loyal Order of the Moose, where he served as Sargent-at-Arms; administrator and governor. He was a member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department and the Warsaw Volunteer Fire Department. He attended Faith Community Church in Salisbury.  
He was an avid sportsman, loved to fish, play softball, golf, and fish some more. At the Junior Olympics, Jim won the gold medal for gymnastics, the Y Boy medal for the rings and a bronze medal for the trampoline.
A celebration of life was held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion in Berlin. In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804 or
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