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Stafford and LBI Area Mourn Death of James De Francesco


SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - Local residents, friends and family are mourning the death of Jim De Francesco.  Jim was deeply loved by many throughout the Long Beach Island area.  De Francesco had a great career in television, radio, print and the arts.  Jim was the owner of Hogpenny Studios in Ship Bottom.

He served as a news anchor and feature producer for WOBM-FM in Ocean County.  Jim was also a feature correspondent with the SandPaper and Leader Newspapers.   Jim's Hogpenny Studios produced many commercials and documentaries for the Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey markets.  There is much to mention but more will be shared in the next few days.   

Jim majored in journalism and broadcasting at Temple University and in motion picture production at the Philadelphia College of Art.  He was a staff member of several Philadelphia stations (WHAT-FM, WPHL-TV and KYW NewsRadio) as an announcer, broadcast news reporter and on-air personality. 

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Jim loved the arts and  his professional theater credits include appearances in many productions.   Jim was a great community man and served many civic organizations.  

More than anything Jim was a tremendous man and loved by so many.  We will have more to share in the next few days in relation to his life impact and information on funeral service arrangements.  

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