He knew the trick to staying young: keep busy. Jay managed a family auto parts store until his retirement at the age of 80. He may have been a strict dad but he had a purpose to his ways: Jay raised quality kids. In his spare time he liked to play golf: of course he always walked, golf carts did not fit is style. He enjoyed nature and manicuring his lawn. At 17 he enlisted in the US Navy to serve our nation during WWII seeing action in the South Pacific. After his honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown of Dickson, TN, completed his senior year of high school and earned a BS from the University Of Tennessee. Following his graduation, he moved to California, began teaching high school math and science. In 1953 he headed for Philadelphia to help his youngest sister and brother in law with a new business, after the arrival of his brother they both invested in buying/renting real estate. In his spare time, he learned ballroom dancing. A dance that led to nuptials in 1963 with wife, Barbara and a marriage blessed by 5 children: Maria (James) Blose, James Jr., Diana, Robert and Ronald and 6 grandchildren: James BloseJr., Jonathon, Desiree, Victoria, Dominique and Lucas. Come celebrate 90 great years Saturday 12-1 p.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside, where there will be a 1 p.m. service.