James (Jim) C. Hoyt Jr., of Hackettstown, New Jersey, is absent from the body and present with the Lord. He was 70 years of age when he finished his race on earth on November 18, 2021.
Jim was a tireless, devoted husband to Linda (Locke) Hoyt, doting dad to Jim III and Lara Hoyt, Jenna and Chris Hawkswell, and Josh and Grace Hoyt. He was also an adoring Pop Pop to Norah and Scarlet Hoyt, Riker and Royce Hawkswell, and Nehemiah and Eden Hoyt. He was a steadfast and supportive son to his mom, Genevieve (Catlow) Hoyt.
He was predeceased by his dad (Jim Sr.), brother Ralph Hoyt, and niece Kyleigh D’Alessio.
Jim lived an incredibly active lifestyle. For his 60th birthday, he entered the Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, New York. He finished, fists in the air, within 14 hours, 15 minutes, and 39 seconds, placing 12th in his age group. Over the course of his life, he also completed the New York City marathon and numerous triathlons, runs, and bicycle races. He competed in men’s soccer and basketball leagues and trained in martial arts into his 60s.
He spent a great deal of time in the Adirondack Mountains with his friend Paul and was working toward a goal of climbing the range’s 46 high peaks. He was an avid kayaker. He felt particularly at home on lakes and at the Jersey Shore. His family has fond memories of him driving them to the beach in his Jeep with the top down and the Beach Boys blasting.
Jim was president of H&S Loss Control Inspections, a company he co-owned with Dan Miller. Jim was a member of The Gideons International, an Evangelical Christian association for men, and co-founder (with Tony Wood) of Carmen Ministries, a nonprofit organization that helps troubled youth get and stay on the right path.
He loved Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and saw it multiple times on stage, plus every film version ever produced. Among his favorites was The Muppet Christmas Carol, a fact that perfectly encapsulates both his depth and his fun-loving nature. Toward the end of that film, Ebenezer Scrooge says, “If you want to know the measure of a man, you simply count his friends.” Jim was loved by so many and had deep, enduring friendships. His best friend of all was Jesus Christ, and he treated everyone he saw with love and respect. He could be counted on to keep his word, walk in integrity, pray for others, encourage them, and teach them how to walk in their true identity in Christ.
His favorite scripture verse was Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, November 28, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Abundant Life Community Church, 21 Cherry Tree Bend Rd., Port Murray, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Carmen Ministries. Donations can be made online at carmenministries.org or checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 421, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.