James H. Mianecki

James H. “Jim” Mianecki, 67 of Houseman Street, Mayfield, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2013, due to heart failure associated with a long battle with lukemia. He was the son of the late Henry and Janina Dunaj Mianecki and grew up in Nutley, NJ. He earned a Bachelors of Arts from Rutgers State University, Newark NJ in 1967. In order to fund his college education he worked for the United States Postal Service. He always used to laugh about delivering mail in his Volkswagen Bug.

He served in the US Army from 1969-1970. During his service he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, and dispatched overseas to serve as an Operations and Intelligence Specialist. During his service, he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, 1 Overseas Service Bar, and an SPS medal for markmanship for the M-14 and M-16. He was discharged Honorably.

He went on to attend Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. from 1972-73 to further his studies in science and mathematics. It was there when he requested to substitute FORTRAN computer programming as a foreign language requirement to complete his thesis. To supplement this unusual request, he cited an ever increasing need to be capable of keeping up with technology and the amount of effort and consideration he had dedicated to understanding codes. He was granted permission and passed the FORTRAN language qualifying examination.

He furthered his college education by attending various graduate school courses at Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University and New York University for business, computer programming, systems design and analysis.

He went on to a successful career in pharmaceuticals and computer science at Hoffman LaRoche and Bristol Meyers Squibb, attaining management positions and a number of lasting friendships.

He enjoyed his times spent on the company volleyball team and skiing and boating with coworkers, brother’s family and new family in Ringoes, N.J.

In 2003 he bought Northampton Marina on the Great Sacandaga Lake in upstate NY, and successfully ran the business until his untimely death. He dedicated his life to fulfilling his dream of running his own business and passing the legacy onto his children.

He is survived by his immediate family; Irene, Jack, Caroline, Andrew & Dylan. He will be missed by family and friends alike.

A memorial service will be announced in May. Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Service. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.