James Patrick, a 57-year resident of Lumberton, died July 6 at Care One Moorestown. He was 87.
Born and raised mostly in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, Patrick attended Philadelphia parochial schools prior to entering the U. S. Army. He served his country during World War II serving as a rifleman in the 422nd Infantry, 106th Division.
Patrick was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and was held prisoner in various mining, farming and other work camps.
He worked as a printing pressman most of his working career. Patrick also worked in construction trades, machine shops, and the automotive industry at times.
He was a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War Neglected Heroes Chapter. Patrick was also an accomplished wood worker who would carve duck decoys and construct fully-rigged sailing ship models from scrap wood.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Helen (Montgomery), their only son Donald Patrick and his wife, Gretchen, of Mount Laurel, grandchildren Shannon Patrick of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Tyler Patrick of Mount Laurel and a brother, Stephen Patrick and his wife Gladys of Cinnaminson. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations in Patrick’s name may be made to the American Ex-Prisoners of War Neglected Heroes Chapter, 304 Fountain Avenue, Burlington, NJ 08016.