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James Karl-Heinz Gentner
February 7, 2023
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James Karl-Heinz Gentner, 59, of Highland Park, New Jersey passed away suddenly on February 7, 2023, surrounded by those he loved.
James was born in New York, NY in 1963 and raised by a loving mother and surrounded by a supportive family. He moved to Germany at a young age but always loved the country he was born in. He returned to the US a young man full of passion and yearning for a better life. Along his path he met many people, married one, raised three children, and came to touch the hearts and souls of many along the way.
He strongly believed that you should become the salt of the earth and share the seasonings of life you acquire in your path - he loved life. He enjoyed fishing, scouting, music and photography. He loved his family and friends, and found love that helped him grow and heal in his partner Pam.
He was predeceased by his father Wolfgang, his brother Volker and beloved grandparents.
James is survived by loving family and friends: his partner Pam Simone, his children James Gentner (Kate), Eric Gentner and Jennifer Gentner, his mother Ursula Gentner, his sister Andrea Carlos (Manny), his Onkel Hans Wurzinger (Diane), his Tante Hanni Wurzinger-Huyzinoff (Muni), his long-time neighbor and friend Barbara Salvatore. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and many friends that became family: John B, Dave J, Manny C, and many more.
As idiosyncratic as he was in life he clearly stated that upon his death he wanted his family and friends to celebrate a life well lived. His wishes will be honored at a later date.