James Paul Bollard, 56, of Moosic Lakes, died Sunday morning peacefully surrounded by his family. His loving wife of 24 years is the former Alison Duffy.
Born in Blakely, Pa, he is the son of Joseph R. Bollard of Andover, NJ, and the late Mayor of Andover, NJ, Shirlee Mae (Trotter) Bollard. He attended Newton High School and was a graduate of Sussex County Technical School. He was a member of St. Eulalia Parish, Roaring Brook Twp, Pa. He was currently employed by Family Ford in Netcong, NJ as a Ford Senior Master Technician.
Family and sports were a big part of Jim’s life. Jim was a diehard NY Jets fan. He enjoyed playing golf, skiing, quading, fishing, attending concerts, quoting lines from movies, attending Curranfest, and supporting small breweries. Jim was a Ford Senior Master Technician for 19 years. He earned many honors from the Ford Motor Co. His favorite was the Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas with Alison and 2 trips to the Ford Motor Co. Detroit Plant where he test drove the new F150 on the Ford Motor Co. Proving Test Ground. Jim was most proud of the large group of friends he made over the 30 years working for many dealerships. Jim said he had a Ford brotherhood of many talented technicians and service writers. Friends and family were Jim’s greatest joy. Trips with the Wollard’s to Stratton, Killington, Okemo, OBX and multiple amusement parks brought many laughs and lots of great memories. Time spent with the Bollard and Duffy families at Mimi’s cottage with cousins by the dozens or at Mom and Dad Bollard’s house celebrating holidays and countless birthdays. Jim loved spending time with his brothers Joe and Bob, and their Dad enjoying pizza and beers. Dad called their time together, the Sheriff and his Deputies. Family vacations with his brother-in-law Paul and his family where always his favorite. Spending time fishing and creating nightly firework shows for Colin and Chloe always made for many laughs. But Jim’s greatest joy was spending time with his children Ryan, Kelly, and Marnie. His love for them was his greatest gift. Jim was the greatest father and husband. Jim and Alison were soul mates as well as best friends.
Also surviving are daughters Kelly C. Bollard and Marilyn M. Bollard both at home; son Ryan E. Ferretti of Lake Ariel; sisters Joyce A. Bollard of Ephrata, Pa, and Patricia A. Piatt of Washington, NJ; brothers Joseph L. Bollard of Kingsley, Pa, and Robert H. Bollard of Hamburg, NJ; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat Irish.
He was preceded in death by a sister Paula A. Bollard.
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Eulalia Parish, 214 Blue Shutters Rd, Roaring Brook Twp., Pa 18444.
All those planning on attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church. Please follow all social distancing guidelines. The burial will be held privately. Per the request of the family, the celebration of life luncheon will be held at a later date.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Rd, Lake Ariel, Pa 18436
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the North Pocono Minisink Lions Club, Eyeglass Program. This program is committed to improving the vision of the less fortunate. Please make checks payable to the North Pocono Minisink Lions and include in the memo field In memory of Jim Bollard. Please mail the donation to: North Pocono Minisink Lions, Attention Eyeglass Program PO Box 1092 Moscow, PA 18444.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St. Scranton.