Jim Comyns ’77 enters Chapter Eternal

Jim Comyns ’77 obituary: Comyns Obituary


James Michael “Jim” Comyns, age 61, of Avondale, PA went home to be with his Savior Thursday April 6, 2017. Jim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda Montalto Comyns; his son, James Montalto Comyns; his two daughters, Rebekah JieYong Comyns and Jennifer Leigh Comyns; three brothers, Michael of Bryn Mawr, PA, Mark (wife Barbara) of Berwyn, PA and Matthew (wife Jennifer) of CT; two sisters Jean Wierzbicky (husband Mike) and Carol Ann Korpi; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born in New York City to the late James Anthony and Joan Gunerman Comyns and was raised in Brooklyn. He received a degree in Nursing from New York University and worked as a nurse, mainly in dialysis, for almost 40 years. Jim served as a corpsman in the United States Navy for 6 years, seeing action during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada.

Jim was a follower of Christ for 28 years and was part of the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church family. Growing out of the many troubles he experienced in his younger days and the tremendous grace and forgiveness he found in Jesus Christ, Jim was a humble, faithful friend who was eager to help anyone who was struggling – especially folks who were overlooked by others. One of Jim’s favorite verses from God’s Word is Psalm 46:10, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ ” Jim’s life was marked by a patient confidence in God that made him the wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend he was. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 2 PM ET on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 109 Gypsy Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to: the Mercy Ministries Fund at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church or, if you prefer to give online directly to the Comyns family, you may give at https://www.youcaring.com/lindacomyns-796544.


l->r: Jon Merz ’78. Mitch Dzienkowski ’77, Brian Popelsky ’77  attended the funeral ceramony for Brother Comyns.

From Jon Merz ’78
This is sad…  I am forever indebted to flanagan for introducing me to scotch, in a wild nite at sneeky peets in latham.  he dropped the moniker flanagan in later years…  spent a great nite with mitch, brian popelsky, and jim in a sports pub on the delaware, too many years ago, catching up on decades gone by.

Mitch, Brian, and I attended Jim’s memorial yesterday. packed house, with easily over 200 people there.  Jim clearly touched a lot of folks’ lives…  his son gave a very moving eulogy, outlining Jim’s life.  Jim clearly had worked and gotten past his demons and found love and happiness with Linda and his 3 kids.

gotta commit to not waiting for death to pull us together.  it would have been a lot more fun reunion if jim was with us…

IH, Jon

From Bob Hutnick ’71

“Flanagan” is the third Sig to enter the Chapter Eternal in the last five weeks joining Doug Doskocil ’83 and John Schroeder ’69. And that why as Tim McGraw’s song goes, we should all “Live like we’re dying.”  Don’t hold grudges, email, call, or visit your friends and family because you never know when your tee time in heaven is. Schroeder felt ill March 4 and within a month he was dead.

In Hoc, Ruff

From Matt Miller ’77

I had not seen Jim since my graduation but had heard some time ago that he’d gone on to study nursing, was a Navy corpsman and had married all of which I found deeply inspiring.  I was deeply saddened to read of Jim’s death yesterday and had thought of writing about why he inspired me but the obituary you will find at the following link shines a light about (and from) Jim that is far brighter than my words can ever provide.
His life, his love for family, his service to others speak to a life well lived.  I should like to think that the brotherhood he found at Delta Psi and the White Cross of Sigma Chi guided him on his meaningful journey.
All honor to his name,
From Brian Popelsky ’77
Jim’s service was held near the family home in Landenburg, Pa.  Our Delta Psi chapter was represented by Mitch Dziekonski 77, Jon Merz 78 and myself.
While we all may remember Flanagan as somewhat troubled, what struck us most vividly was the overwhelming outpouring of love and sadness from the community at his loss.  There must have been at least 300 attending and all clearly knew him well and significant and extremely moving testimony as to his impact on their congregation and extended family was expressed.
Mitch is currently living in Houston and remains at the helm of his company Titanium Engineers.
Jon is a professor at The University of Pennsylvania and recently got remarried.
I split my time between St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and Estero, Florida  and occasionally do a bit of food safety / recall mediation consultation, post retirement.
Jim is survived by his wife Linda of 24 years, a wonderful son James and two incredible adopted daughters Jie young and Jennifer Leigh.
All Honor to his name
My best personal regards to you and all our brothers wherever they may be.
Brian Popelsky 77

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