James R. Kearns Jr., 55, loving son and brother, husband and father

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James R. Kearns Jr.
James R. Kearns Jr.

James R. Kearns Jr., or Jimmy as he was known to his family, passed away unexpectedly on August 7, 2016.

Jimmy was born January 9, 1961, in Asheboro, North Carolina, and spent his formative years as a military dependent, living around the world, including multiple locations in the United States, Germany and Panama. The family moved to Williamsburg in 1977, where Jimmy attended and graduated from Walsingham Academy. Following graduation, he attended West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and then began a career working for a number of financial institutions, including MONY, Vanguard, and most recently, until his retirement, at JP Morgan Asset Management, as their Vice President of Operations.

Jimmy is survived by his parents, Lt. Col. James R. Kearns (Ret.) and Patricia M. Kearns, of Williamsburg; his wife of 19 years, Diane, and daughter Elizabeth, of Downingtown, PA; his son Brian, currently living and working in Austria; his sister, Colleen Killilea of Williamsburg, and her children, Megan and Bridget; his sister, Annette Couch of Williamsburg, and her children Stephanie, Michelle, Alex, and Marianne; brothers-in-law Carl, Joe, Mike (and Mike’s wife Monica), and Steve; and his father and mother-in-law, Carl and Anna Marie Belfatti.

In high school, Jimmy was an exceptional student and gifted athlete. He loved kids and was a camp counselor during the summers while in college. His interest in sports continued throughout life, and included coaching soccer for many years when his son, Brian, was younger. Jimmy’s friends and family knew him as a loving son and brother, husband and father. He was a big guy with a big heart, who was thoughtful, kind, and funny, and loved his family above all else.

After his retirement from JP Morgan, the family was blessed with Jimmy’s ability to come to Virginia on a regular basis, and share his time so unselfishly with them.

A service was held on August 11, 2016 in Downingtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association by clicking here or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by clicking here.