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James J. Eady

Game Over! Journalist & MT hockey legend, Jim Eady, checks out

Last week veteran newsman and GeriHatrick, Jim Eady, took a fatal fall. At 90, it was the sack he couldn’t recover from. He died at his Marina Towers home in Alexandria VA on March 10. Michigan native Eady never found a sport he didn’t play well. He wrote about and played sports & politics well into his 80’s. Born in Detroit and raised in New Baltimore, he was inducted into his Kalamazoo High Sports Hall of Fame. Eady was a triple letterman in tennis, football and basketball. He was recruited to play football for Florida State University (BA Journalism) and wrote The Sports Line for The Florida Flambeau. He went on to be editor and photographer at Florida Cattleman Magazine. When duty called, he joined the Navy and wrote the hometown news at Great Lakes Naval Base. Later he was sailing team captain at University of Michigan (MA Journalism/Russian Studies). He went on to report the news at the Calumet Index (Chicago), the Kokomo Tribune (Indiana), and as City Hall reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer before jumping into politics as press secretary for Pennsylvania public officials and publishing Pennsylvania Labor Times. He freelanced for labor Union newspapers until setting off to sail the Atlantic and other waters. Never one to let work get in the way of a good game, he excelled at amateur sports – as a race car driver, a USTA tennis singles champ, NASTAR slalom gold medalist, and 12 time Senior Olympic ice hockey Gold medalist with the GeriHatricks and other US teams. Eady is predeceased by his parents, Larry and Virginia, his son Christopher and brother Gil Eady. He is survived by his co-captain of 53 years, Mary Harris of Alexandria, daughter Kate Eady and granddaughter Portia Eady of New York City, brother Patrick Eady of Detroit, former wife, Judy Eady, dearest nieces and nephews: Michelle, Michaela, Patrick, Hillary, and Duncan and many cousins, in-laws and outlaws. Family and friends will celebrate a life well played with a party and games in the Summer of 2023. Your memories are welcomed at

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Even the best newspapers make mistakes. The flubs on these walls – collected since 1961 by the Columbia Journalist Review – include headlines that don’t mean what they say and corrections that admit truly embarrassing errors.

Hopping to make 100 Virginia man falls at 90 Jim loved newspaper headline flubs. He read the Washington Post and other newspapers every day. He collected flubs and loved the tiles (above) on the Newseum bathroom walls from the Columbia Journalism Review. He loved to laugh. This headline above is just for him. Play a game, enjoy a meal with loved ones, and subscribe to a newspaper!

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