Roger A. Jursey, age 78, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Rehab at River’s Edge in Raritan, NJ. He was born on November 8, 1937 in Newark, NJ, and lived in Irvington, NJ. He resided in Clinton Twp., NJ, moving from Irvington, NJ with his family in 1969.
He was the son of the late John Walter and Helen Cecelia Burger Jursey.
Roger worked at Bonds in Newark, and later SS Kresge, also in Newark, in the Men’s Furinshings department. Roger was one of the first employees of the American Freedom Train foundation, a bicentennial train project based in Lebanon, NJ. He later worked on the Chessie Steam Special. In his later years, Roger was a part-time sales associate at Walmart in Clinton, NJ until his retirement.
Roger loved his family, animals, and living in the country. His biggest passions in life were the Hudson River Day Line boats, the Great Lakes Car Ferries, and trains. Roger was an honorary crew member of his favorite Hudson River Day Line steamship, the Alexander Hamilton. He could often be found steering the boat up and down the Hudson River on a warm summer day. He made numerous trips to Lake Michigan to ride the steam-powered car ferries between Michigan and Wisconsin. His proudest achievement was as a locomotive crew member of the American Freedom Train and later Chessie Steam Specials, allowing him the pleasure of working on steam locomotives.
Memberships include the Steam Ship Historical Society of America, and the Detroit Historical Society.
Survivors include his sister Valerie Arcuri and her husband Louie of Lebanon, NJ.
Graveside services will be private. A celebration of Roger’s life will be arranged at a later date.
Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.