James Edward “Big Jim” Sobolak, Sr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

James Edward “Big Jim” Sobolak, Sr.

July 14, 1961 - October 14, 2022

James Edward “Big Jim” Sobolak, Sr., age 61, went to heaven on Friday, October 14, 2022.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ on July 14, 1961, he was a son of the late John Walter and Margaret (Favire) Sobolak, Jr. Jim made his career as a welder at Potts Welding, where he dedicated 23 years of service.

In his leisure time, Jim enjoyed fishing, on land and by boat, riding his motorcycle with friends and family, annual trips to Wildwood New Jersey, and spending time with friends at St. Anthony’s Club. A devoted friend and family man, Jim put his family above all and was always willing to help anyone in need. He led a simple but full life and never complained about the hardships he was going through. Jim will truly and sadly be missed by all who knew him. There will only be one “Big Jim.”

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sisters, Kathleen Sobolak and Rose Sobolak. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 41 years, Cynthia M. (Walls) Sobolak; son, James E. Sobolak, Jr.; grandchildren, James E. Sobolak III, Brooklyne P. Sobolak, and Erin M. Reeve; great-grandson, Bentley C. Banning; siblings, Diana Welsh, John Sobolak III and Nancy Foraker (Danny); many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends, too many to list.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Monday, October 24, 2022 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or by clicking here.


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34 Condolences for James Edward “Big Jim” Sobolak, Sr.

  • I miss you already buddy. My prayers are with Cindy and your whole family.You we’re one of a kind and I love you my friend. RIP🙏🙏

  • What a great loss. Keeping you all in my prayers and hoping you hang on to all the good memories…I know there are many. Much love 💕

  • Cindy and Family~
    My most sincere and heartfelt condolences.
    Jim was a great man and friend.

  • Jimmy we have never seen a stronger man with the will to live a true fighter until the end never quiting never giving up my dear friend you will be missed more than you will ever know until we meet again love you. Tom Candy and kids

  • I will miss his comradery, friendship and humor. The strength and courage that he demonstrated through his illness was inspiring. My sincere condolences to Cindy and family. May your hearts find comfort during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Big Jim.

  • Deepest sympathies guys
    Jim was one of a kind and will always be remembered

  • So very sorry for your family loss God bless you all 🙏🙏🙏

  • My deepest condolences to the family. May you find peace in every memory you hold dear to your heart.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love to all.

  • Prayers To Cindy and his entire family .We was a great guy ,He will be missed .Rest Easy BIG Jim

  • Jimmy and Cindy you will be in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Jimmy always had a huge smile.
    Judy and Mike Barrett

  • Big Jim’s laughter and presents Will surely be greatly missed.
    Sending my love and condolences to the family.
    God Bless!

  • Jimmy, James, Brooklyne and Cindy – My heart and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy and Love.

  • Sincere condolences to the family. Cindy- so sorry to hear of your loss, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. John- I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  • So sorry for your loss. Sincere Condolences Cindy and family…you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Jim 🙏

    Barb Dycio

  • Cindy and Jim Jim, I am terribly sorry for the loss of Big Jim. I will never forget his smile and the way he would make us kids laugh. My family and I are praying for all of you during this difficult time. May his memories bring you some peace. Love, Stacy and Tj

  • So sorry for loss.

  • I am truly sorry for the loss of Big Jim. RIP. No more suffering. Condolences to the family


  • My sincere condolences to Cindy and the entire family. Jim was a great man and will be missed very much. Sending my love and prayers to you all.

  • Jim will be missed sadly so sad to see the family going through this difficult time but you all have our prayers and thoughts with you

  • We will always miss you were a good friend.We love you an Cindy an we will always be here Cindy fly high an rest in peace

  • This is a hard one, Big Jim, you are definitely one of a kind. I will miss you forever. Cindy and family, my heart breaks for you. Sending you all my love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    – Katie

  • Cindy so sorry to hear about Jim my thoughts are with you

  • I am truly sorry to hear my cousin has passed away. His mom and dad were my godparents. We used to have grat times as kids together. REST PEACEFULLY IN GODS ARMS 🙏 ❤️

  • We are so sorry for your loss! We also remember our time together at McGinnus Pub!

  • So sorry for your loss

  • Rest easy my friend you’re great personality and friendly voice to everyone. Will always be remembered. God Bless !!

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family Cindy… so sorry for your loss.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. God bless you.

  • My condolences to you Cindy,and your family. Prayers🙏 go out to everyone.

  • So sorry to hear this! You will be greatly missed. I’ll never forget all the fun times at your house. Love to everyone in the Sobolak family

  • So sorry for your loss

  • Cindy and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Jimmy was a great and very kind guy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rest in peace Jimmy.