James David Love of Newark, formerly of Montclair, died on Jan. 19, 2022. He was 61.

Born to David and Connie Love, Mr. Love attended Montclair High School, taking part in theater productions, singing choral music and playing trumpet in the marching band. After graduating in 1978, he earned a B.A. in urban studies from Rutgers University. 

Mr. Love dedicated the rest of his life to friendship, family, art, music, dance, theater tech and his passionate desire to make the world a better place.

He was a facilities manager for MCE Holdings, Newark.

He had an affinity for the lost, both objects and people. He found readers for discarded books and introduced artists to new communities.

People in need could count on him to find just the right tool/part/song/ingredient at just the right time. Sometimes, it was even just the right words.

Mr. Love was always quick to lend a hand, to repair what was broken, to take care of family and friends, and to debate the issues of the day. He provided invaluable support to his mother during the coronavirus pandemic.

His passing leaves a hole in Newark’s vibrant arts community.

Mr. Love is survived by his mother, Connie; his brother, Robert (Julia); his youngest sister, Christina, and his five nephews, Matthew, Wyatt and Connor Love,  and Johannes and Benedict Metz. 

His father, David, and sister, Elizabeth, preceded him in death.

Visitation is at Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Cassian R.C. Church, 187 Bellevue Ave., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a cause supporting Mr. Love’s passions.  For directions and online condolences visit moriartyfh.com.