James (Jazzer) Walsh was born and raised in Mahanoy Plane, PA. He is the son of James and Sarah (Devitt) Walsh. His paternal grandfather came from Lawerencetown, County Galway, Ireland. Jim is married to the love of his life, Patricia (nee Bevan) for 55 years. They are the proud parents of their daughter Kim who is married to John McCormick and their son Jim who is married to Beth Scozzafava. They are the loving grandparents of Grainne, Tiarnan, Deidre, Jimmy and Emily.
Jim worked in his father’s grocery store after graduation from High School. He then joined the U.S. army in 1960 and trained in Fort Dix, N.J. and Fort Benning, GA. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry in Bamberg, Germany, where he spent two years. He attained the rank of SP4 (Specialist 4th Class). He completed his service in 1967.
Jim came to New Jersey in 1963. He worked for Johns Manville for 17 years, Egan Machinery for 3 years, and Verizon for 25 years. He attended Somerset County Tech for 4 years where he earned his certification for electricity and HVAC trades.