James A. McGregor
January 1, 1918 - October 5, 2011
Jan. 1, 1918-Oct. 5, 2011
HAGUE — James A. McGregor, 93, of Bernardsville, N.J., and Hague died on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Shady Acres Nursing Home in West Kingston, R.I.
He was born in Milton, Mass., on Jan. 1, 1918, to James Andrew Garfield McGregor and Mary Alice Flanagan McGregor.
His sister Margaret McGregor Goguen of Plymouth, Mass., predeceased him.
He grew up in Syracuse and lived in Roslindale and Boston before moving to New Jersey. Jim graduated from Hyde Park High School, Roslindale, Mass., in 1935. He explored in various areas of employment eventually focusing on precision electronics, microwave testing equipment and wave-guides for the communications industry. During WWII he was employed by the Navy and working in the radiation lab at MIT developing radar systems for the military. Through mergers, acquisitions and consolidations he leaves two thriving companies, Waveline Inc. in Fairfield, N.J., and Microtech Inc. in Cheshire, Conn. His two sons now run the companies.
Jim was a life long volunteer and member of the Caldwell-West Essex Kiwanis Club, Essex Fells Country Club, vice president of the New Jersey Pilots association, and the board of directors of the Somerset Hills YMCA.
His primary passion was in private aviation and was a private pilot for over 50 years. In 1969 Jim achieved a general aviation speed record, flying from Chicago to Newark, N.J., in just 2 hours and 46 minutes. Jim loved photography, was an avid golfer and a licensed amateur radio operator for over 75 years.
Jim is survived by his wife Eileen Kelly McGregor of Wakefield. R.I., as well as his eight children, Ellen McGregor of Madison, N.H., James A. McGregor Jr. of Cheshire, Conn., Pam Semanchick of New Jersey, Elaine Sosnowski of Toms River, N.J., Marion Symczyk of New Jersey, Jay McGregor of Wantage, N.J., Bonnie Considine of Narragansett, R.I., and Colleen Straubel of Dallas. He had 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren
He was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bernardsville. Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bernardsville on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. followed by entombement in Holy Cross Cemetery, Basking Ridge, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22311 – www.diabetes.org or Alzheimer’s Disease Research, American Health Assistance Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871 – www.ahaf.org. For more information please contact the Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home at 908-766-0250 or to light and online condolence candle visit www.gcfuneralhome.com