James Ogden McLain

March 25, 1935 - March 17, 2020

James Ogden McLain, 84, a resident of Hope, NJ for the past 25 years, formerly of Ridgewood and Metuchen, NJ, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 while visiting Cape Coral, FL. He was born March 25, 1935 in Plainfield, NJ to Elizabeth and Will McLain, III, now deceased.

Jim was of the Presbyterian faith and was an Elder and Deacon in Metuchen and Blairstown churches, captain and president of Metuchen First Aid Squad. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.  He was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono and received his MBA from NYU.  He was employed by Public Service Electric and Gas of NJ as a District Manager Customer Service for 25 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Carol McLain of Hope, NJ; two loving children, Bonnie Gerrity (Patrick) of West Allenhurst, NJ, and Scott McLain (Margaret) of Hardwick, NJ; sister, Elizabeth Gervasi of Hope, NJ; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; as well as his most beloved dog, ToberMory.

Jim was preceded in death by a son, Bill McLain.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions in memory of James Ogden McLain suggested to FPCB Building Fund Elevator Task Force, First Presbyterian Church, 1 Main Street, PO Box 385, Blairstown, NJ 07825.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Nadine Mack Mar 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Carol, I was so very sorry to hear the sad news about Jim. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  2. Dr. Gerald Mauriello Mar 31, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Carol and family, You are all in thoughts and prayers. We were so sad to hear of Jims passing.

  3. Sean McLain Mar 31, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Pop was possibly the steadiest and most faithful man I’ve known. He was fastidious and organized, yet gentle and kind. He delighted in his family and I’m blessed to be part of that special group. He passed down to me (through my dad, Bill) a love for baseball, legos, boardgames, good food, drink, family and a warm fire; faithfulness to the church and community; and joy at simply being with those you love.

  4. Don and Donna Lambdin Apr 5, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Carol and family,
    Don and I are so sad that Jim died and so far from home. We will remember all the many years celebrating New Year’s Eve with the two of you starting with our progressive dinners. He was a great man who served his church and community well.

  5. Charlie Ehrhardt Apr 5, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Jim was a class act If there were more “Jims” in this world what a place this would be

  6. Paul Birdsall Apr 8, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Carol and family,
    I am shocked! Wishing that you’re holding up. Ive been a friend on the McLains for ever. Jim lived many years 2 houses away, ridgewood NJ. Not a tribute, but jim could sleep LONGER than anybody I know.
    Enough of those details.
    Rest In Peace Jim.
    Carol, I will keep in touch, promise!
    ❤️ Paul

  7. Ted Moock Mar 27, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    So good of you to include me in the Zoom of Jim’s funeral service. It was nicely done. With the exception of family, I have known Jim longer than anyone else – some 78 years. We had many good times together over the years. Sad that he is gone but not in my memory.

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