James Edward “Jim” Phreaner of Birmingham Township

James Edward “Jim” Phreaner, 64, died suddenly in his Birmingham Township home on Dec.17. Jim was a devoted husband, son, father, friend, and neighbor. Jim had recently retired from a 41 year career as an IRS agent, much of which was spent performing large corporate audits in Wilmington. In recent years, he devoted his time to family and extensive volunteer work in his community.

Jim was born in 1948 in Darby, to William Phreaner and Gladys (nee Screeden) Phreaner, the younger brother to Robert Phreaner. Jim was a football and track and field athlete, and graduated from Springfield High School and Widener University, where he earned a degree in accounting.

Jim had a long-standing interest in athletics, and competed in multiple marathons and triathlons. He served on the board of the YMCA in Delaware, where he met his wife Linda (nee Mims). The two married in 1985 and enjoyed a 27-year marriage and two daughters, Julie and Melissa.

Jim was known as a friendly and devoted friend and neighbor, often going door-to-door to plow  after snowstorms. He was an actively involved in the Birmingham Township Recreation Parks and Open Space Committee and the Birmingham Friends Meeting, where he was involved in religious education. During the summers, he liked to spend his days swimming laps at the Quarry Swim Club, where he served on the board for several years. He spent each Saturday visiting his mother in her retirement home. During his retirement, he started reporting for the Chadds Ford Live online news site.

Jim is survived by his mother Gladys, brother Robert, wife Linda, and daughters, Julie and Melissa.

His Memorial Meeting for Worship will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Birmingham Friends Meeting, 1245 Birmingham Road, West Chester.  Burial will be private.

In memory of Jim,  a contribution may be made to Oxfam America, 226 Causeway Street, 5th Fl., Boston, MA 02114 or donate online  http://www.oxfamamerica.org/tribute

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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