James "Jim" Papandrea


On Friday, February 9, 2024, James “Jim” Papandrea of Warwick, NY, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Hackensack Hospital after almost a year-long battle with colon cancer.

Jim was born on March 30, 1973, in Middletown, NY and grew up and spent most of his life in Goshen, NY, before moving to Warwick, NY.

Jim was a humble man who wanted nothing more than to help people. He was a meticulous person and that nature came in handy when he opened his first business “Jim’s Fine Auto Polishing” in Greenwood Lake. From there, he became an apprentice at Johnny’s Service Center, where his talents flourished as an automotive technician. He worked a short time at Bergen County Dodge as a service writer and then went on to become the Service Manager for Prestige Lexus in Ramsey.  At 33, he decided on a new career path and joined the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Service as a Corrections Officer. He began his tour at Mid-Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick in 2007 and worked there until it closed in 2011. He was transferred to Shawangunk. While working there, his expertise as an automotive technician was still needed by so many, and he decided, with the help of his loving wife, to open his own business, Primary Care Technician while still working as a Correction Officer.  Jim worked both as a CO and running Primary Care Technician until his diagnosis in April of 2023 when the decision was made to close the business and focus on his illness. Throughout it all, he remained positive and upbeat until the very end. Even days before his passing while in the hospital, he never lost his sense of humor.

Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 15 years Jennifer (Robine) and his two amazing and talented children: son Jimmy and daughter Sophia; his mother Marie Papandrea (Blavio) all of Warwick; mother-in-law Janet Robinson (Robine) of Vernon, NJ; brother Tony Papandrea and his wife Susan of Mechanicville, NY; brothers-in-law: Jim Robine and wife Brigid of Murray, KY, Crist Robine and wife Katie of Woodbine, NJ, Kevin Robine and wife Kim of Wantage, NJ; sister Lisa Cullen (Papandrea) and husband Brian of NC; and many, many loving nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his father, Anthony Papandrea.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Wickham Woodlands Manor, 225 State School Road, Warwick.

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It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Jim. Please accept my sincerest sympathies during this incredibly difficult time. Words cannot adequately express the depth of sorrow I feel for your loss. Jim was an extraordinary individual who touched the lives of so many with his remarkable spirit , amazing ethical beliefs and uncanny sense of humor. Jim will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything I can do to offer support or assistance during this challenging period, please do not hesitate to reach out. With heartfelt sympathy, Russell Csigay
Russell Joseph Csigay
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sending hugs and prayers.
Kris Bakay
Our deepest sympathy to you and the children. We will be sending prayers of hope and love
Karis Gaines
I met Jim through a mutual acquaintance. He was kind enough to help me with vehicular issues. Over the ensuing years we developed more than a friendship. I developed a wholesome respect for Jim; not only for his expertise but his dedication to his craft, his CO job but his devotion to his family. I will truly miss him as a friend. Rest in Gods hands.
Stan Olsen
It was a privilege working with paps. Loved being around him he made me laugh and we would joke about things to make the shift go by. He just made you feel comfortable and good when being at work. He will surly be missed....
Julio Saldana
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