Train victim Jim Lovell eulogized as ‘gift’ to community

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COLD SPRING, N.Y. (PIX11) — Hundreds of mourners packed the pews of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring Friday morning to remember 58-year-old Jim Lovell, one of the victims of the train derailment.

His wife Nancy, their 3 sons, and his daughter from a previous marriage, sat close together in the front near the casket.

“He tried to be a unifier, not a divider.  He tried to show the best in everyone, and we rejoice that we had him as an example for that,” said the Rev. Brian McSweeney during the service.

“There will be tears, there will be sadness, there will be the sense of loss.  But we take this time to thank God for the gift that Jimmy was.”

The family man who loved music, theater and the outdoors, was on his way Sunday morning to help set up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree event when the Metro North train he was riding
tumbled off the tracks in the Bronx.  He and three others were killed.

Mourners also said goodbye Friday morning to Donna Smith of Newburgh.   The 54-year-old paralegal who was actively involved with the Girl Scouts of America was on the train with her sister.  She survived the accident with just some cuts and bruises.

James Ferrari was buried Thursday.  The married 59-year-old married father worked six days a week as a building superintendent for a real estate company.  That’s where he was headed when the train derailed.

Kisook Ahn had just finished her nursing shift when she boarded the ill-fated train.   A funeral for the 35-year-old South Korean immigrant will be held Saturday morning at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside, Queens.