Gone, yet not forgotten. Although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.
  • 73 years old
  • Born on June 20, 1945 .
  • Passed away on December 2, 2018 .

It is with great sadness that the family of James Otto Haas announce his passing on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the age of 73. Jim was a devoted husband, supporting and loving father, beloved brother and Papa, and faithful friend. He will be adoringly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Sandy, sons TJ (Erin) and Michael (Krystal), daughters Jamie (Ted) and Ashleigh (Lawrence), sister Peggy (Mark) and brother Tommy (Kassie). Jim will also be fondly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, Dakota, Molly, Cole, Kieran, Aidan, Barrett, Connor, Marshall, Otto and Marian, and by his numerous nephews, nieces and extended family and friends.

The family is planning a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan in New Jersey on Monday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. A family and friends gathering at Spring Lake Manor will immediately follow. For those joining us from out of town, please click here for lodging information.
Jim would have loved if you could wear a flair of yellow to celebrate his life the way he did each and every day.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The V Foundation.
Posted by Marie Kenis on 16th December 2018
Dear Sandy and Family, It is with sadness that we write this note, but a smile appears with the thoughts of Jim and our memories together. Find comfort in those memories. Sending love and prayers. Marie and Mike Kenis
Posted by Cyndy Young on 16th December 2018
Dear Sandy and Family.... What wonderful pictures you shared of Jim! They show a happy, contented man especially when surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. Steve & I really loved our years of friendship with you and Jim during Ashleigh & Courtney's college days. We are praying for you all during these difficult days and hope that the many happy memories you surely have will help ease the sadness just a bit. Sending love....
Posted by Wanda Wirthlin on 16th December 2018
Jim was a pitcher in Verona's first Little League baseball season. He was actually too young to qualify for the team, but because of his size, he was allowed to join and play anyway. He was the best player and athlete on the field. No contest! Nevertheless, despite his age, rival fans were convinced he was a ringer due to his size and ability. They were quite vocal about it. That was the first season. You should have heard them in subsequent seasons! I was proud of Jimmy then. I have always been proud of Jim. I miss you each day, love, Uncle Bill
Posted by John Scarano on 14th December 2018
Sandy & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with You and Your family at this most difficult time. Rest assured You have lots of Love from above to comfort You. Jim will now be with his family above watching and protecting all of his loved ones. This is my favorite Poem for all to enjoy ! Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ. Henry Scott Holland
Posted by Mary Chasney on 13th December 2018
Sandy and Family, Greg and I were so sorry to hear about Jim. These pictures tell an inspirational story of a life well lived. Your beautiful, loving family is a testament to that. I always looked forward to seeing Jim , he was a lovely man who will be missed by all. We will be thinking of you over the Christmas holidays and praying for you to find comfort in your memories. Love, The Chasnet Family.
Posted by Danielle Barbieri on 10th December 2018
Dear TJ and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I didn't know him well, but after reading his amazing life story and details of his strong, smart, witty and generous character (and viewing those beautiful pictures), I feel like I know him through you. The apple didn't fall far.... Sending much love from SC, Danielle
Posted by JP Cohen on 9th December 2018
Prayers and thoughts go out to The Haas Family. Jim was a great person and friend. I was blessed to know him for the last 20 years. I will miss him.
Posted by Donna Schummer on 7th December 2018
Sandy, Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We have great memories of the Haas family and your hospitality during our Virginia lacrosse years.
Posted by Doug Gaffney on 7th December 2018
Jim was such a great friend He was a great listener always making you feel like he was your best friend...his loyalty and warmth were outstanding characteristics. We both went to Verona High School where Jim was an Allstate Soccer player..he was also a darn good pitcher..we use to share many stories about the good old days in Verona When we moved to the Shore, Jimmy and I got very close...almost once a week we went out for lunch and discussed many topics, usually sports....when my Wife Gayle died, Jim and Sandy were instrumental in helping me in the healing process...I will never forget it...one of our favorite things to do was play golf..what matches we had, Jim and Rod Smith vs. Don Merkelbach and I ..it seemed like every match came down to the last hole. Our entire family gives our condolences to Sandy and their wonderful family Love you big guy
Posted by Susan Angiono on 6th December 2018
Sandy: My heart goes out to you with the loss of Jim and to all your family. Jim was the best brother-in-law a girl could have. Having that visit a few years ago now means even more to me than you will ever know. He was a great man and I was blessed to have known him. I can't make this time easier for you but know he will watch over you all. God bless you all. The world lost a great husband, father, brother, friend. Love to all.
Posted by Dolan Kneafsey on 6th December 2018
Dear Mike and family, We are so very sorry to hear of your great loss. Sending love and strength to you all. Best, Dolan and Amy Kneafsey and family
Posted by Priscilla King on 6th December 2018
I am so deeply sad for your loss. The Haas family was a huge influence and part of my high school years. I thought of you as my second family. Your dad was amazing. I wish I could give your whole incredible family a hug right now. I am filled with wonderful memories of your dad. I am so sorry.
Posted by Ashlee Eckert on 6th December 2018
Mr. Haas, my second daddio, you and your smile will forever live on in my heart. You were so very cherished and I love you.
Posted by Kevin Twomey on 6th December 2018
Thoughts are with all the family. I will always remember our great golf trip to Ireland with TJ and Jim. We spent much time in the bushes and rough but compensated with some great times in the local bars post golf. A wise man.
Posted by Chip Rogers on 6th December 2018
My special thoughts to all of you. It was an honor to know your dad and spend some time with him. He loved you and loved everything you did, and that passion was very clear. He's a great man to be watching over you all from above!

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