James J. Serpente

August 5, 1938 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


James John Serpente of West Philadelphia died on August 5, 2023 at the age of 85.

Husband to Judith, devoted father to Michele and Beverly, and stepfather to Richard and Patrick. Adored grandfather of Madelyn, Evan, Heidi and Ava.

James was one of six children born to the late Francis and Margaret Serpente. He is predeceased in death by sister Joan and brother John. He is survived by his brothers Francis, Michael and Paul.

Jim was self-proclaimed as the “King” as he was the first boy born to the Serpente clan. After growing up with his boisterous family in West Philadelphia, Jim attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s College. Jim’s summers were spent in Longport patrolling the beaches as a lifeguard, eating cheesesteaks, and fawning over his adoring fans - the girls!

He devoted countless years to the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Commander, serving on the USS Lexington and receiving the National Defense Medal. Jim’s experience in the Navy taught him the importance of discipline and loyalty - ideals that Jim carried with him through the remainder of his life.

Affectionately known as “Chirppy” amongst his closest friends, Jim was an avid story teller who loved reminiscing on the good ole’ days. Whether he was recounting his “brawl” record, or regaling us with his time in the Navy, Jim would always be grinning through his countless stories.

His favorite things included the Philadelphia Eagles, Longport, his beloved dachshund Gabby, and spending time with his daughters in Florida, to which he always responded with, “How could life get any better than this.”

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Wednesday, August 9, 2023 9:30am Epiphany Catholic Church, 2801 Ventnor Ave, Longport, NJ 08403, and to his Funeral Mass 10:30AM in the Church.  Int Private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to DAV: Disabled American Veterans in Jim’s name would be appreciated by the family.

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August 9, 2023

9:30 AM
Epiphany Church
2801 Ventnor Ave
Longport, NJ 08403

Funeral Mass
August 9, 2023

10:30 AM
Epiphany Church
2801 Ventnor Ave
Longport, NJ 08403


Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati OH 45250


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