In memory of
Rev. James E. Ribbans
Rev. James E. Ribbans AGE: 65 • Spotswood Jim was born and raised in Somerville; he was the son of the late Marjorie and Robert Ribbans. He was formerly of Chatham, New York for 16 years before moving to Spotswood in 2000. In 1975, he received an undergraduate Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern California. He received his Masters Degree in Theology from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Jim was pastor at the Chatham Reformed Church in Chatham, New York for 16 years and then moved to Spotswood where he was installed as pastor of Spotswood Reformed Church in January 2001. He was a former member of the United Reformed Church in Somerville. He was also a member of the Spotswood Clericus, an ecumenical group of the Spotswood clergy. Jim was also a founding member of CUP, Churches United for People, and the local food bank. Jim loved to travel especially when it involved being near the ocean and connecting with old friends. He also enjoyed theater and even travelled to London to see a specific actor in a favorite production. Jim had the gift of a beautiful voice that he shared with his congregation. His love for the Lord and his deep thinking provided much for the thought-provoking way he preached.Jim loved dogs and was active in animal rescue. He also participated in the Adopt-a-Soldier program corresponding with and sending care package to soldiers actively serving in the Middle East. Surviving are his brothers Robert and his wife Helen, Thomas and his wife Kimberly, a sister Cathleen Moose and her husband Robert, several nephews, one niece and a large extended family that called him Uncle Jimmy. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Graveside service will be 10am Friday at New Cemetery, 192 South Bridge Street, Somerville followed by a 1pm memorial service at Spotswood Reformed Church in Spotswood. Visitation will be 2-4pm to 7-9pm pm Thursday at the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 North Gaston Ave. Somerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spotswood Reformed Church, 429 Main St., Spotswood, NJ 08884. To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com .
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