James Patrick Bulger born Jan 6, 1971 in Jersey City, NJ died on April 4, 2016 Melbourne Fla. "Jimmy" grew up in Cranford, NJ. He attended St Michael's School, Hillside Ave School and Cranford High School. He was an honor roll student many times and an amazing athlete. He played football, baseball and wrestled for Cranford at various times. He is the son of Frederick Bulger (deceased) and his loving mother Carol Ann Bulger (Waretown, NJ) formerly of Cranford. He is survived by his beloved wife Bernadette Bulger, and 3 beautiful daughters, "the pride of his life" and deeply loved...Brittany Bulger 19, Alexis Bulger 18 and Faith Bulger 12 (Colonia, NJ). He has 3 loving siblings, Robert and his wife Lisa Bulger (Cranford), David and his wife Erin Bulger (scotch plains, NJ) and Donna Bulger (Waretown, NJ). He is also survived by his nieces Aubrie and Micayla Bulger (Goddaughter) of New Providence, NJ and Sister in Law Catherine Bulger. Jimmy's passion was cooking, which led him to a life as an accomplished Chef for various companies. His career started at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ. He worked at The College of St. Elizabeth (Convent station, NJ), Montclair State College, and the NJ Food Bank in Hillside, NJ for many years. Jimmy was a die hard sports fan who loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Penguins, horse racing, boxing and wrestling. He loved fishing and crabbing to pass the time. He also loved to attend sports events and go to Monmouth Race Track. Jimmy loved nature and the outdoors. Jimmy was a great friend. He would drop everything to help you, give you his last nickel or the shirt off his back. As a friend he always had your back. Through life his three best friends who were more like brothers are Wayne Matthews, Mike Hritz, and Michael O'Reilly. The friendship they shared spanned his whole life.
A life celebration Jimmy's life will take place on Monday April 11, 2016 at Gray Memorial Funeral Home from 4-8 PM at 11 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday April 12 at 10am at Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, NJ.