Obituary of James M Driadon
James M. “Jimmy” Driadon, age 88, passed away November 18, 2023.Born in Philadelphia on September 17, 1935, Jimmy grew up in the Grays Ferry neighborhood. He resided in Southwest Philadelphia after marrying the love of his life, Patricia (Patsy) Collins. Later, they made their home in Wildwood, NJ, where they enjoyed many happy times. They celebrated over 62 years together before Patricia passed away in 2022. was also predeceased by his son, James M. Driadon, Jr
Jimmy was a 1953 graduate of Southeast Catholic High School. He served in the Armed Forces of the United States from 1955 to 1957. Afterward, he worked at Gulf Oil for many years before retiring. Jimmy then worked for the City of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court as a writ server. His last and favorite job was bartending at the Greater Wildwood Elks #1896, serving beers and mixing cocktails with a welcoming smile.
Jimmy was a legend in The Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association, inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1981. He started strutting in 1950 at the age of 14. Jimmy played his saxophone alongside his fellow musicians or paraded as Captain with the Greater Overbrook String Band for many decades, celebrating his 70 th year marching in 2020.In his later years, Jimmy also performed with the Cape May County String Band
. Always a gentleman, Jimmy was loved and cherished by his family and numerous friends. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Memorial Service and Luncheon Friday, December 1, 2023 12:00 pm Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge #1896 109 W 1 st Avenue North Wildwood, NJ 08260. Condolences at ingersollgreenwoodfh.comTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Driadon, please visit Tribute Store