James Patrick Dwyer, Jr.
July 17, 1927- December 28, 2020
James Patrick Dwyer, Jr., 93, of Severna Park and formerly of North Beach passed away December 28, 2020. He was born July 17, 1927, in Bryn Mawr, PA to James Patrick, Sr. and Anna (McGroary) Dwyer. Popularly known as Jim, he grew up in Ardmore, PA, with his six brothers and one sister. He graduated from Haverford High School and enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Italy until his honorable discharge in 1947.
Following his time in the Army, Jim relocated to Washington, DC, where he met his future wife, Catherine Salatto, at a roller-skating rink. They married on June 23, 1951, and raised their family in Hyattsville. In 2000, they moved to North Beach, where they enjoyed living on the bay. In 2018, Jim and Catherine moved to Severna Park.
Jim graduated from Benjamin Franklin University where he majored in accounting. He was employed as an accountant with the Federal Government and worked for various agencies until his retirement in 1980. He believed in community service and volunteered much of his time at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Landover Hills and the College Park Council of the Knights of Columbus. For 18 years he was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach.
Jim was proud of his Irish heritage and loved celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. He also enjoyed fishing, crabbing, Notre Dame Football, joking and telling stories, spending time with his family, and taking walks with his grandchildren. Jim’s favorite week of the year was the family trip to Sea Isle City, NJ. He started the family tradition of yelling “Hip, Hip, Hooray” three times while driving across the bridge into the town. He loved the mountains, enjoying hiking on the trails using his trusty walking stick. Jim and Catherine also took many cruises together and traveled all over the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Catherine Dwyer, children Mary Dwyer Oxendine and husband Larry of Dunkirk, James P. Dwyer III and wife Paula of Ellicott City, Michael J. Dwyer and wife Cheryl of Lothian, Thomas B. Dwyer and wife Karla of Ellicott City, and Frank J. Dwyer and wife Patricia of Burtonsville, 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, sister Ann Cochran and husband Don, brother Father Tom Dwyer, and sister-in-law Eleanor Dwyer. He was preceded in death by a son Steven J. Dwyer and brothers Bill, Joe, Franny, Bob, and Jack Dwyer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake.
A private funeral Mass will be live streamed on the Rausch Funeral Home Facebook page on Monday, January 4 at 12 Noon and can be accessed via the the following link https://www.facebook.com/RauschFH/.