James Pasquale, 34, a professional wrestler on the independent circuit, and a gymnastics coach, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at his home in Monroe Township, NJ.
Born in Easton, PA, Jimmy was raised in White Township, outside Belvidere, NJ, where he was a 2006 graduate of Belvidere High School. Following high school, he attended Warren County Community College, working towards a degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2005, Jimmy joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) where he did local plays, commercials, and small parts in TV, and movies. In between this and wrestling, he performed stand-up comedy at clubs throughout NJ.
In 2004, Jimmy spent the summer working at his aunt’s business, Ace Gymnastics where coaching became another passion of his, here he trained men of all ages and experience levels, including Special Olympics team gymnasts. More recently he found coaching cheerleaders to become their best was rewarding work, and was holding lessons right up until his passing.
Around 2007, Jimmy began training at the Monster Factory Professional Wrestling Training Center under the guidance of Danny Cage, which quickly became his life.
In 2019, he became a Professional Wrestler, known to most as “Jimmy the Jester”. He also wrestled in various promotions, including Titan Championship Wrestling Entertainment, Stand Alone Wrestling, Lucha Riot, WWWA, and Atomic Championship Wrestling.
As a gymnastics coach, James was the soul of Premier's boys gymnastics program. Thanks to him, the team grew to the second-biggest in NJ. He will always be remembered as a person, who touched the lives of so many kids with his infectious smile and compassionate heart.
Looking to always stay fit, Jimmy enjoyed working out at any gym near him, and got his mom, Rose, to go along many times as her trainer to get her to live a healthier lifestyle.
It would be difficult to describe the man Jimmy was, however, the many tributes and memories left on his Facebook page from friends and family have managed to capture what Jimmy meant to those around him. It is through those memories his family has found some peace knowing how loved he was by all. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone that needed it. His personality was a mix of “if Robin Williams and a wrestler had a child together". Jimmy was someone who could fill a room, the life of the party, and larger than life. Funny, loud, and always ready to make people laugh.
Jimmy is survived by his mother, Rose Pasquale Emmons, and her husband Edward, his step-brother Jesse Emmons, and his two favorite companions, his dogs, Holley and Nixen.
He was predeceased by his dad Andrew Palmer.