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6050 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: 609-625-2324
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James Main

James E Main

Thursday, October 31st, 1929 - Sunday, November 17th, 2019
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James E. Main, 90, of Mays Landing, died Sunday, November 17th at his home. He was born in Germania, NJ to the late Rose (Beckler) and Earl Main where he lived before moving to Mays Landing. After graduating school in Mays Landing, Jim went on to trade school where he learned the art of baking. He met the love of his life, Hazel Losse of Hammonton while working at the Mays Landing skating rink. They were married in 1949 and celebrated 67 years together before she passed. Their devotion to one another served as a great role model for our family. Jim worked at various bakeries including Suburban Bakery in Camden, Liss Bakery and Catto’s Bakery in Vineland. Jim and Hazel eventually purchased Catto’s Bakery and successfully ran Jim Mains Bakery for 20 years before retiring. Upon their retirement, they enjoyed many wonderful years traveling together and visiting the casinos. Jim was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor. He was a wonderful storyteller always entertaining us with his tales. His kindness helped many people over the years. Jim was a devoted father and is predeceased by his son Steven in addition to his beloved wife, Hazel. He is also predeceased by his grandson Daniel, his brother Robert Main and his sister Olive Heffley. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his son, James (Linda), daughters Susan Ayrer, Debra (Don) Morgenweck, and Sandra (Michael) Hartline. He leaves behind 16 adoring grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Alice Bennett, Nancy (Ted) May, and his sisters in law Marion Main, Flossie (Tom) Etherington, Camile Losse and Erma Woodman. Many nieces and nephews whom he loved also survive him.

Visitation will be on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:00 am at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main Street in Mays Landing. A memorial service will take place at 11:00am. Burial immediately after at Union Cemetery in Mays Landing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim’s memory to the Community Food Bank of South Jersey, 6735 East Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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    Rev. John Ash
  • Interment

    Union Cemetery of Mays Landing
    5442 Somers Point Road
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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Tom McFarland

Posted at 11:15am
I met the Main family as a child living in Main Street in Mays Landing. I later reconnected with the family at Jim Main's Bakery in Vineland. Mr. Main was a wonderful man, ever cheerful and friendly. I enjoyed many, many of his baked goods. I was spoiled as a child, having grown up near Saurwald's Bakery and am hard to please with baked goods. Believe me when I say Mr. Main was a great Baker. But he was an even greater gentleman.
Sincerely, Thomas McFarland

Mary Lynn Doernbach

Posted at 07:04am
Our sincere condolences.

Je’Nean Jones

Posted at 08:06pm
My condolences to Alice and her family.. you are in my thoughts..

Rosana Mawson

Posted at 07:25pm
My dad, Ray Boutwell, lost a good long time baker friend. They knew each other since vocational cooking school. Jim was 17 and my dad was 20 and they were learning the baking trade. They remained friends over the years and always exchanged baking stories from their shops.
Ray will miss Jim's kind friendship. He was always a gentleman.
We are deeply saddened by the family's loss and are keeping all in our thoughts and prayers.
May Jim rest in peace.


Posted at 07:06am
Jim was a special kind of person and I loved him. He was 5 years older than me so growing up he was rather bossy and just tolerated his little sister but we came to be good friends over the years and I enjoyed his visits here in West Virginia. He loved to tell stories. Rest in peace big brother.

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